A Montana judge has come under fire after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student and for making statements in court that the victim was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher.
Outrage is particularly sharp in Billings, where the crime took place, because the girl committed suicide in 2010, just shy of her 17th birthday, as the criminal case was pending. A protest was planned for Thursday, and organizers have called on Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh to resign.
The uproar began Monday when Baugh sentenced Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, to 15 years in prison on one count of sexual intercourse without consent, but then suspended all but 31 days and gave him credit for one day served. Prosecutors had asked for 20 years in prison, with 10 years suspended.
Baugh said that after reviewing statements made by the girl before her death, he concluded that she was a troubled youth. He then made the controversial remarks, including that he thought the girl had been “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold. The girl’s mother, Auliea Hanlon, was in the courtroom and screamed at the judge before storming out, according to the Associated Press.
Apparently, Hyundai thought this ad was a clever way to sell cars in Germany. They obviously didn’t put a lot of thought into it.
Warning: If you have experience with suicide this may be triggering. Avoid the comments also. A lot of psychopaths have shown up to go, “Boo fucking hoo. Grow a pair, weaklings.”
A New Hampshire police chief was cited Friday for improperly storing his service firearm after a teenager used the weapon to commit suicide in the chief’s home in March, according to the local prosecutor.
Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons allegedly left his firearm, a .40-caliber Glock 22 pistol, on top of a safe in his bedroom closet on March 11, said Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.
Parsons left the house to run errands, while the boy — the 15-year-old son of the chief’s girlfriend — remained in the home.
“The service weapon was used by a juvenile to shoot himself while no one else was home,” Reams said in a news release.
Allegations that three teenage boys sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl who later committed suicide have shaken the Santa Clara County community of Saratoga.
The boys, all 16, were taken into custody Thursday at two different high schools and booked into juvenile hall in connection with the attack on Audrie Pott, who hanged herself, according to media reports.
Officials with the Los Gatos-Saratoga school district released a statement to the San Jose Mercury News saying the they are fully cooperating with authorities and that their “sympathies go out to all of the families.”
“Collaborating with our parents, students, staff and community we will continue to work diligently to maintain a positive climate at our high schools based on respect, responsibility, and open communication that discourages cyber bullying and inappropriate conduct,” the statement read.
A Mississippi police chief says there’s nothing to suggest that the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw was anything other a suicide. The 53-year-old Republican lawmaker died Sunday of a gunshot wound to the head. (March 25)
University of Central Florida student James Oliver Seevakumaran had reportedly planned a wider attack before police responded to a 911 call placed by his roommate, prompting a police response that appears to have thwarted his plan.
Seevakumaran committed suicide early on March 18th in his Orlando dorm room with a firearm shot, wrote the Associated Press. His body was found surrounded by two guns, hundreds of ammunition rounds, and a backpack stuffed with explosive devices.
The 30-year-old Seevakumaran was a “former student” according to the Orlando Sentinel but was still living on campus when he planned the attack, and reportedly pulled a fire alarm in an effort to alarm students, who he then planned to kill.
A teen from the northeastern Oregon town of La Grande has been taken off life support a week after he attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself from a play structure near a local elementary school.
At a candlelight vigil held last Wednesday for 15-year-old Jadin Bell, dozens of students from La Grande High School gathered to express their support for a kind-hearted kid who volunteered to help others and never forgot his friends.
But family friend Bud Hill, who considered Jadin his nephew, said that underneath his perpetual smile hid a boy being tormented on a daily basis by bullies for being gay.
Hill told KOMO News it was bullying — both online and off — that drove Jadin to hang himself in the Central Elementary School playground.
“He was different, and they tend to pick on the different ones,” he said.
After a passer-by brought him down, Jadin he was rushed to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and put on life support. But after little brain activity was detected by doctors, Jadin’s family made the decision over the weekend to remove the life support.
Despite the tragic circumstances, Jadin’s family hopes some good will still come from their heartache.
I think we should blame Bryan Fischer for every gay kid’s death, just like the wingnuts blame Obama for Benghazi-ghazi-ghazi-stan.
You did this, Bryan. You will burn in Hell forever.
When a bad or careless decision is made you can be sure the law of unintended and tragic consequences will be in effect.
What preceded the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi are textbook examples of fear, bigotry and hate. They weren’t seen or understood as such by the persecutors of Tyler Clementi, but in the end, that is exactly what it was. He was driven to suicide because he was relentlessly persecuted because he was gay.
To put that in proper perspective, he was persecuted because he was gay. Nothing else. It wasn’t as if he hurt anyone, was overbearing or engaged in any kind of inappropriate public behavior. Just the opposite, really. He was a kind and considerate human being, am asset to the community.
No, he was persecuted simply because of who he was.
His persecutors were not evil- just the products of a society that tolerates some kinds of discrimination, but not other kinds. Good kids who would never tolerate discrimination based on race, religion, disability, national origin or any of a myriad of other distinguishing features were unable to understand persecution of anyone based on their sexual identity is an equal evil.
Dharun Ravi grew up in Plainsboro, New Jersey, in a large, modern house with wide expanses of wood flooring and a swimming pool out back. Assertive and athletic, he used “DHARUNISAWESOME” as a computer password and played on an Ultimate Frisbee team. At the time of his high-school graduation, in 2010, his parents bought space in the West Windsor and Plainsboro High School North yearbook. “Dear Dharun, It has been a pleasure watching you grow into a caring and responsible person,” the announcement said. “You are a wonderful son and brother… . Keep up your good work. Hold on to your dreams and always strive to achieve your goals. We know that you will succeed.”
One day this fall, Ravi was in a courthouse in New Brunswick, fifteen miles to the north, awaiting a pre-trial hearing. In a windowless room, he sat between two lawyers, wearing a black suit and a gray striped tie. His eyes were red. Although he is only nineteen, he has a peculiarly large-featured, fully adult face, and vaguely resembles Sacha Baron Cohen. When Ravi is seen in high-school photographs with a five-o’clock shadow, he looks like an impostor.
His father, Ravi Pazhani, a slight man with metal-frame glasses, sat behind him. Some way to the right of Pazhani were Joseph and Jane Clementi. Jane Clementi, who has very straight bangs, wore a gold crucifix. She and her husband form a tall, pale, and formidable-looking couple. Their youngest son, Tyler, had died a year earlier, and the family’s tragedy was the silent focus of everyone in the room. That September, Tyler Clementi and Ravi were freshman roommates at Rutgers University, in a dormitory three miles from the courtroom. A few weeks into the semester, Ravi and another new student, Molly Wei, used a webcam to secretly watch Clementi in an embrace with a young man. Ravi gossiped about him on Twitter: “I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Two days later, Ravi tried to set up another viewing. The day after that, Clementi committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge.
Clementi’s death became an international news story, fusing parental anxieties about the hidden worlds of teen-age computing, teen-age sex, and teen-age unkindness. ABC News and others reported that a sex tape had been posted on the Internet. CNN claimed that Clementi’s room had “become a prison” to him in the days before his death. Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese company that turns tabloid stories into cartoons, depicted Ravi and Wei reeling from the sight of Clementi having sex under a blanket. Ellen DeGeneres declared that Clementi had been “outed as being gay on the Internet and he killed himself. Something must be done.”
It sounds absurd, but a daily annoyance to millions of Russians did save lives.
A man whose plot to cause carnage on Moscow’s iconic Red Square was thwarted by a spam phone message that prematurely detonated a bomb was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in jail.
Ilyas Saidov, a member of an underground Islamist group, brought explosives-laden belts disguised as heaters for two female suicide bombers on a bus from his native Dagestan, a southern province in the Caucasus region plagued by almost daily clashes between Islamists and federal forces.
But just hours before they were to detonate the bombs on New Year’s Eve, 2010, a belt attached to a cellphone exploded after the detonator was activated by a spam message, killing one of the women and prompting the arrest of the other. She was sentenced to 10 years in jail in May.
The controversial International House of Prayer University distances itself from the cult.
Less than three months after he stood as a groomsman in the wedding of two friends he had known since college in Texas, Micah Moore walked into a suburban Kansas City police department and unloaded a dark secret: He had taken the woman’s life at the request of her new husband, a charismatic prayer group leader.
Police said Bethany Deaton’s death initially appeared to be a suicide. Officers found a note and empty bottle of over-the-counter pain medication along with her body in a minivan parked by a lake on Oct. 30.
It wasn’t until Moore confessed nearly two weeks later that police announced she had been killed. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on a first-degree murder charge Wednesday.
In the criminal complaint filed in support of the charge, police detailed a stunning series of allegations that Moore made as part of his confession.