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Florida Fifth-Grade ‘Gender Neutral’ Teacher Reassigned To Adult Education

Chloe Bressack, the fifth-grade math and science teacher that seems to deny biology and not understand English grammar rules has been transferred to Adult education.

Basic rules of English grammar dictate that singular nouns take singular pronouns and plural nouns take plural pronouns.

So when a fifth-grade teacher requested that students address her with nongendered pronouns such as “they” and “them,” it stirred consternation among parents (if not education officials) in the state’s capital city — and abroad.

Chloe Bressack, a 23-year-old math and science teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary School in Tallahassee, recently sent a letter to parents that has gone viral on social media and made international headlines.

“One thing you should know about me is that I use gender neutral terms,” Ms. Bressack said in the single-page letter. “My prefix is Mx. (pronounced Mix). Additionally, my pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.’ I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural, but in my experience, students catch on pretty quickly.”

Parents, however, didn’t catch on as quickly and complained to the school’s and the school district’s administrators, who expressed support for the young teacher.

Still, Ms. Bressack issued another statement apologizing for any confusion her first letter may have caused.

“My practice in addressing my students is to refer to them by their personal pronouns, be they ‘he, she, or they.’ We work together to create a positive environment of respect and understanding,” the teacher wrote. “I understand that students will not always address me in the way I prefer, and that is okay. We keep moving with a smile and continue on with our learning. In our classroom, our learning and our well-being is the priority. I am lucky to be teaching at Canopy Oaks and I look forward to working with my students this year.”

Her grammar lesson exploded across social networks and attracted the bemused attention of Britain’s Daily Mail and Switzerland’s Ticinonews.

On Tuesday, the Leon County School District announced that Ms. Bressack would be transferred to an adult basic education program effective immediately.

“Given the complexity of this issue, we both agreed a different environment would be best for Teacher Bressack’s educational career and for the young students at Canopy Oaks,” Superintendent Rocky Hanna said in a statement. WashingtonTimes

Who Will Rebuild Texas And Florida?

Who will help rebuild Texas and Florida – academics, elites, government?

“About 80% of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,” said Greg Forrester, CEO of the national VOAD. The money is “all raised by the individuals who go and serve, raised through corporate connections, raised through church connections,” and amounts to billions of dollars worth of disaster recovery assistance, he said.

And it is not just Christian congregations involved, Forrester said. There are also other faith groups including Islamic, Buddhist and Jewish relief agencies at work in disaster zones. USAToday

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Texas and Florida residents face an enormous task in restoring electricity and rebuilding their homes, businesses and lives. The federal government and the Trump administration have thus far done an incredible job coordinating rescue and relief efforts with local officials (evidenced by the deafening silence regarding Trump’s performance from the mainstream media). But throwing government money at a problem never truly resolves a crisis. It was, and is, the efforts of everyday Americans, seeking only to restore their communities, that provide the healing these regions need.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the private sector made its presence known in Texas. Louisiana’s Cajun Navy volunteers, who assembled themselves without instruction, hooked their boats up to their pick-up trucks and drove to Houston to aid rescue efforts. They pulled Americans of all colors, ethnicities and religions from the water, rescued many who were stranded without food and water, and saved lives. Private citizens, like J.J. Watt, organized relief funds for the citizens of Texas. Watt’s campaign has raised more than $30 Million so far, and efforts are still underway.

Private sector businesses leapt into action. Anheuser-Busch shipped more than 155,000 cans of water to Houston. According to the American Enterprise Institute, Walmart is driving “nearly 800 truckloads of supplies to the region.” Houston furniture store, Gallery Furniture, opened two locations as shelters and provided meals for all those who took refuge there, including a National Guard unit.

Now in Florida, after millions of homes lost power during the onslaught of Irma, Electric Light & Power is reporting that “Florida Power & Light said its workforce of nearly 19,500 worked through the night to restore power. About one-fourth of the 4.4 million customers impacted by Hurricane Irma had regained power, according to FPL.”  DailyWire

Lesson of Irma

It’s so not just with tropical storms, but with all the other “hurricanes” of life: illness, financial crises, and loss of all kinds.  For all of us, there will be a time to stay stronger than we ever imagined we could.  And to stay strong for others.  Whoever looks to Washington for help will be sorely disappointed…

Irma was a destructive hurricane, and government is offering what aid it can.  But that aid, like the infamous Katrina “trailers,” is never very effective or very much.  Life is always full of crises that government cannot address.  Prepare, stay strong, and help each other.  That’s the lesson of Irma, and of every other crisis in life.   AmericanThinker

 

Video:  Not Alone Anymore

Video: In Jesus name volunteers help those stranded by Hurricane Irma

Teen Gets Home Detention After Seen in Video Body Slamming To Ground And Throwing Elderly Woman Into Pool

Nancy James, 68, who had recently undergone hip surgery is on the association board of the complex.

A 16-year-old boy turned himself in after a video posted on social media that showed a woman being slammed to the ground then tossed into a pool at a rowdy pool party in North Lauderdale over the weekend.

The teen surrendered to Broward Sheriff’s Office Monday around 5 p.m. He faces one count of battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

BSO was looking into the incident that happened Saturday at the pool at the Players Place Townhomes on Champions Way.

The video shows the 68-year-old woman, identified as Nancy James, walking with her two dogs as she approached the group to ask them to turn down their music. A group gathers around James as someone is heard saying “throw her in” in the background. NBCMiami

Appeared before a judge Tuesday morning

Judge Carlos Rebollo ordered Leon Balfour to home detention until his next court appearance. Balfour must stay at home unless going to school, church or basketball practice.

“He’s a good kid,” Balfour’s attorney, Paul Molle, said. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but I think with time it’ll pan out and we’ll get to see the real kid for who he is.”

Balfour can be seen on video lifting Nancy James and falling to the ground after he slips on the wet surface. The teen then lifts James once again and throws her into the pool. local10

Online: NBC 6’s news update and interview with Nancy James video

Teacher Allegedly Prohibited Students From Wearing Crosses

Allegedly the teacher has promoted the LGBT agenda in her classroom.

A high school teacher in Tampa, Fla., has allegedly banned at least three students from wearing Christian cross necklaces, according to a letter sent to the superintendent of the school district.

Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation group that promotes religious freedom, in a letter to Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins detailed math teacher Lora Jane Riedas’ actions.

The letter claims Riedas told at least three students they could not wear their Christian crosses.

“We write on behalf of parents of children in the classroom of teacher Lora Jane Riedas, a math teacher at Riverview High School, who report that Ms. Riedas has prohibited at least three children from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom, claiming on occasion that they are ‘gang symbols,’ “ wrote Liberty Counsel.

“One of our student clients reports that she had just sat down in class, and placed her books on her desk, when Ms. Riedas approached her. Referencing the tiny cross necklace which was around the student’s neck, Ms. Riedas said, “I need you to take your necklace off.”  When the student asked why, Riedas allegedly refused to explain and then stated, “That’s disrespectful; you have to take it off.”

The student “did not want to be disrespectful, so she took it off, but she felt bad because she felt she was being forced to deny her faith. All of our clients are afraid to openly wear their cross necklaces in class any more,” the letter states.  DailyCaller

Rollins College Suspends Student After He Challenged Muslim Professor

Rollins college in Florida suspended a straight-A Christian student after lies allegedly made by a Muslim professor.  The course was “Muslim Humanities” (the irony!).  The word of the professor was taken with no investigation by the college.

The school’s academic double standard and complacency with dangerous hate speech is on full display.

Not even a year after Radical Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, Rollins College officials are punishing a Christian Conservative student who challenged a liberal Muslim professor and radicalized Muslim student during a conversation on the application of Sharia Law.

Marshall Polston confirmed to the Central Florida Post that Professor Areeje Zufari, who teaches a “Muslim Humanities” course at Rollins, has made outlandish claims against him and even filed a false police report.

Early on in the class, Polston said he realized the professor was harboring Anti-Christian beliefs, demonstrated by the professor’s assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus was a hoax and that his disciples did not believe he was God.

“It was very off-putting and flat out odd. I’ve traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.”

Whether religious or not, I believe even those with limited knowledge of Christianity can agree that according to the text, Jesus was crucified and his followers did believe he was divine… that he was “God.” Regardless, to assert the contrary as academic fact is not supported by the evidence.

Polston says that he challenged her on this point during a class discussion and after that, Professor Zufari promptly failed him on a major essay and refused to provide input as to why she issued a 52% grade for the essay.

One student in the class contacted the FBI

The student, a yet to be identified Muslim male, is said to have showcased a very strict adherence to the Quaran in previous group talks. But this time, he went too far for many students in the classroom.

“He stated that a good punishment for gays, adulterers, and thieves was the removal of a certain body part, as determined by Sharia law.  It took a few seconds for me to realize that he actually said that, especially after what this community has faced with the tragic loss of life at Pulse,” explained Polston.

The Muslim college professor jokingly responded to the student that he was “in time-out” or something to that effect, and should remain quiet for a few minutes. Several students, of both Islamic and Christian backgrounds, thought the teacher should have reported the incident, but the request fell on deaf ears.

One student, who asked to remain anonymous, even reported the incident to the F.B.I., figuring it was better to say something than just ignore it. CentralFloridaPost

Update: On Sunday 4 Police Officers Shot In Florida, Missouri, and Texas; 1 Killed 3 Shot

Sunday in 3 different states a police officer working a traffic stop was shot.  3 of the officers were ambushed when the suspect drove up and shot him.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi
San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi

A San Antonio police officer has been shot dead in his patrol car while writing a traffic ticket outside police headquarters.

Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle when a man pulled up behind him in a black car in downtown San Antonio on Sunday.

The suspect got out and walked up to the patrol car’s passenger window and shot Marconi in the head, according to Chief William McManus.

The man then reached into the window and shot him a second time in the head. DailyMail

Update:

Arrested: Otis Tyrone McKane
Arrested: Otis Tyrone McKane

The gunman who allegedly murdered a San Antonio cop ‘execution-style’ outside a police station because of his uniform has been caught, police announced Monday.

Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, is believed to be the suspect who shot Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, through the passenger side of his patrol car Sunday, mySA reported.

He was arrested after a SWAT team pulled him over on Interstate 10 East near Ackerman Road, East Bexar County, at around 4.20pm. A woman and a child were also in the vehicle. DailyMail

St. Louis, Missouri

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A St. Louis police sergeant was shot in the face Sunday night when a driver pulled up beside him near Hampton and Pernod avenues and opened fire.

“He was targeted because he was a police officer,” Mayor Francis Slay said at a press conference at Barnes Jewish Hospital. “He didn’t stop anybody. He didn’t point a gun at anybody. All of us as a community have to do what we can to help find this guy.”

Police said the sergeant, 46, had been shot twice and was conscious. He was in critical but stable condition and expected to live. He is a 20-year veteran of the department.

The shooting in St. Louis comes on the same day that a police officer in San Antonio was shot to death while writing a ticket. stltoday

The police officer is expected to survive the ‘ambush’ attack and is currently hospitalized.  The suspect was shot dead early on Monday morning after a police chase.  The gunman who ambushed a St Louis police officer and shot him in the face has been killed in a shootout with police.  DailyMail

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Sanibel, Florida

Officer Jarred Ciccone
Officer Jarred Ciccone

Sanibel Police officials say the suspect who shot a police officer on the island Sunday evening is in custody.

The suspect was taken into custody in the Dunes neighborhood after exchanging gunfire with officers from the Sanibel Police Department.

According to police, an officer was shot and injured during a drive-by while conducting a traffic stop around 8 p.m. Sources identified the officer as Jarred Ciccone.

The suspect fled the scene and was located in the 1400 block of Sandcastle Road.  NBC-2

UPDATE:  A 4th officer was shot Sunday in Missouri

Gladstone, Missouri

A teen [late teens not a minor] is dead and a Gladstone police officer has non-life threatening injuries after a traffic stop ended in gunfire Sunday night.

It happened about 10:35 p.m. at NW Vivion Rd. and U.S. Highway 169.  Kansas City police officers were called to assist Gladstone police at a traffic stop in the area.

When officers stopped the vehicle the passenger ran from the vehicle, leading police on a foot chase.  Officers caught up to the man and tried to take them into custody. This led to a struggle.

During the struggle, the man pulled out a handgun and multiple shots were fired. The man was killed and a Gladstone officer was also shot. The officer was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to live. KMOV

Orlando Hospitals Say They Won’t Bill Victims Of Pulse Nightclub Terroist Shooting

Caring?

Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla.
Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla.

Two Orlando-area hospitals are waiving the medical bills of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, praising the community response and saying they want to contribute.

More than 50 people were wounded in the June 12 attack on the Florida gay nightclub, and 49 people died.

Orlando Regional Medical Center has treated 44 victims of the shooting — more than any other hospital. The center’s parent company, Orlando Health, says it will not charge victims for their treatment, reports Abe Aboraya of member station WMFE.

“Instead, the hospital will look at federal and state funds, victims’ funds like the One Orlando fund, and private funds raised for victims,” Aboraya reports for our Newscast unit. “The hospital will bill insurance if a patient has it, but it will not go after a patient’s copays.

“The same goes for the nine patients who came to the hospital and died,” he says.

The hospital expects about $5 million in unreimbursed costs. NPR

Florida Mosquitoes Being Tested For Zika

mosquitoA Miami woman, who has not traveled abroad, was diagnosed with the Zika virus last week.

Florida health officials have trapped mosquitoes to test them for Zika.  It comes a day after a woman was diagnosed with the virus in Miami despite not traveling abroad.

Officials fear this case could be the first to come directly from a mosquito bite in the continental United States. To date, 1,300 people have been diagnosed with Zika in America – none from local mosquito bites.

All came from mosquitoes in Central and South America, except for 14 which were sexually transmitted.  But officials have long warned that it would only be a matter of time before American mosquitoes became infected by biting a Zika patient.   DailyMail

FBI Releases Full Transcript of Orlando 911 Calls

The references to Allah in the transcript were changed to “God.”
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The FBI reversed direction Monday and released the full transcript of the 911 call Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen made while in the midst of shooting-up the Pulse nightclub.

Just hours after FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper had said he didn’t want to “give credence to to individuals who have done terrorist acts in the past,” the feds did an about face at about 3 p.m. ET and released the unredacted text.

In it, both Mateen and the ISIS leader to whom he pledged allegiance, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, are named.

“Unfortunately, the unreleased portions of the transcript that named the terrorist organizations and leaders have caused an unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime,” the statement read.

“As much of this information had been previously reported, we have re-issued the complete transcript to include these references in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.”

The change of heart came after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and other critics of the Obama Administration called the FBI’s decision to redact the transcript of Mateen’s call to the dispatchers “preposterous.” NBCNews

Doctor Listed On G4S Company Records That Carried Out Psych-Evaluation On Omar Mateen Said She Did Not Evalutate Him

Psychologist, Dr Carol Nudelman, said she didn’t evaluate Orlando shooter Omar Mateen for his position at security firm G4S in 2007.  G4S officials called the discrepancy a ‘clerical error’ and said Mateen had been evaluated, but by a different psychologist. DailyMail

pulse-orlandoDid  G4S falsify the records and skimp on the psych-evaluation and perhaps background checks to save money?  G4S hired Omar Mateen who was ‘involuntarily dismissed‘ from a prison corrections officer training program in 2007.

A doctor who is listed on the psychological evaluation for Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, said she did not see him and she was not even living in Florida at the time when G4S security firm ordered the evaluation.

Psychologist, Dr Carol Nudelman, who now lives in Colorado, said in a statement released through her attorneys to the Miami Herald that she never evaluated Mateen nine years ago for G4S, a security firm that was known as Wackenhut at the time.

However, Nudelman’s name appears on the document in Florida’s state records, which cleared Mateen to carry a firearm as a private security guard.  DailyMail

Chick-fil-A Opened Its Doors Sunday to Feed Those Donating Blood

Good for this company, stepping up to assist the community of Orlando!

Following the deadly terrorist attack in Orlando early Sunday morning, employees from a few local Chick-fil-A restaurants went to work to make food for those donating blood to victims.

The Christian-owned company is known for being closed nationwide on Sundays, but decided to make an exception following the gruesome shooting that left 49 dead and at least 53 others injured. Chick-fil-A was not able to confirm exactly how many restaurants opened their doors. The Blaze

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FBI Reportedly Called Off 2013 Investigation Of Terrorist Omar Mateen Because They Thought His Coworkers Were Racist.

Update: Former New York FBI agent Craig Dotlo also believes that the criticism is unfounded. Yes, the FBI investigated the terrorist twice, but they had their hands tied by the guidelines imposed on them by the Department of Justice, President Obama, and Congress since the 1970s. Moreover, throughout the years, these guidelines have been made stricter.

Dotlo told American Thinker, “The U.S. Congress, President Obama, and the DOJ does not want the FBI conducting an investigation on any Americans unless it can be established there is reasonable suspicion the person considered for investigation has committed unlawful criminal activity. If that benchmark cannot be established the case must be closed. Congress is great in passing these policies, but when things go wrong, they deflect the blame away from themselves and put it on others. If you want the FBI to be more aggressive on these matters, talk to your members of Congress.”  AmericanThinker

Omar Mateen
Omar Mateen

If you see something, say something then get branded a racist.

The FBI reportedly cancelled its 2013 investigation into Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen after only 10 months because they viewed the terroristic threats he made as a reaction to “being marginalized because of his Muslim faith,” by his coworkers.

According to Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, the revelation came during a closed door meeting with FBI Director James Comey Monday afternoon.

“Director Comey confirmed to reporters this morning that there was a full FBI investigation of Omar Mateen in 2013,” she explained. “It was 10 months in length, and it was opened after he told his coworkers that he had family connections to Al Qaeda, that he was a member of a Shi’a terrorism organization and that he hoped law enforcement would raid his home and assault his wife so that he could then retaliate and martyr himself.”…

“At the end of 10 months the investigation was closed with no further action. They took Mateen’s statements he was trying to taunt his coworkers because he thought he was being marginalized because of his Muslim faith.” Daily Caller