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Paging Emanuel, Sharpton and Jackson: Do you know what’s happening in Chicago EVERY weekend?

3 killed, 30 wounded in weekend shootings across city

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Chicago Sun Times: Three men were killed and at least 30 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since 2 p.m. Friday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 6:15 a.m. Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.  Jose Rios, 23, was walking with another person about 6:15 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Hermitage when a dark-colored van pulled up and someone got out of the passenger side and opened fire, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rios, of the 4300 block of South Paulina, was shot multiple times and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:59 a.m., authorities said. Police said the shooting was gang-related.

About 10:15 p.m. Friday, a man was killed and two others were wounded in an Englewood neighborhood shooting. The three men — ages 25, 27 and 63 — were outside in the 5700 block of South Aberdeen when two people walked out of a gangway and opened fire, police said.

The 27-year-old, later identified as Malachi Baldwin, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 10:41 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Baldwin lived in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth, authorities said.

The 25-year-old was shot in the abdomen and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. The 63-year-old man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand. Their conditions had stabilized.

A police source said the man killed had documented gang ties.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting happened Friday afternoon inside a West Englewood neighborhood barbershop.  A group of people entered a business in the 1900 block of West 59th about 2 p.m. and someone opened fire, police said. Suitable Barber and Beauty Shop is listed at 1959 W. 59th St.

Deandre Ellis, 22, of the 5700 block of South Laflin, was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center, where he died at 3 p.m., authorities said.

A 44-year-old man also shot in the chest was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, and a 31-year-old man shot in the hand was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

The most recent shooting happened early Sunday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

Two men, both 19, were sitting were sitting in a parked vehicle in the 6300 block of South Seeley about 2:45 a.m. when a light-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. The men drove themselves to Holy Cross Hospital.

One of the men was shot in the leg, and his condition had stabilized, police said. The other suffered a graze wound to the back of the head, and was treated and released.

At least 21 other people have been shot across the South and Southwest sides since Friday afternoon.

Also, two people were being questioned after a man was stabbed to death Saturday afternoon during a domestic incident in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.

The 21-year-old man was stabbed about 3 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Minerva, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional information Saturday night. Two people are being questioned in connection with the stabbing, police said.

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No one died in Sandy Hook: Testimony from Social Security Death Master File

When a person in the United States dies, his/her death is recorded by the federal government.

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database of death records created from the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF). Most persons in the U.S. who had died since 1936, had had a Social Security number, and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration are listed in the SSDI.

Unlike the Death Master File, the SSDI is available free to the public on several genealogy websites, such as Genealogy Bank. The “state of issue” refers to the state that had issued the individual’s Social Security number.

On January 20, 2013, I undertook a search on Genealogy Bank for the SSDI of Adam Lanza — the alleged mass murderer of his mother, Nancy Lanza, and 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

To my astonishment, Genealogy Bank had Lanza’s SSDI as December 13, 2012 — a day BEFORE the alleged mass shooting. (See “SSDI says Adam Lanza died a day before Sandy Hook massacre“)

Here’s a screenshot I took of Adam Lanza’s SSDI record on the website GenealogyBank.com. The date (1/20/2013) and time (2:29PM) when I took the screenshot can be seen in the lower right corner of the image below.

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Adam Lanza died 12-13-2012

After the discovery of Lanza’s 12/13/2012 SSDI went viral, on or around February 2, 2013, Genealogy Bank changed Lanza’s SSDI to 12/14/2012, the day of the alleged massacre. (See “SSDI changed Adam Lanza’s date-of-death from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2012 !!!”)

Another genealogy website, Ancestry.com, was slower on the uptake. Three days after Genealogy Bank had changed its SSDI for Lanza to 12/14/2012, Ancestry.com still listed Lanza’s SSDI as 12/13/2012. (See “Ancestry.com still has Adam Lanza’s date-of-death as a day before the Sandy Hook massacre”)

Lanza’s curious SSDI aside, I was able to find on Genealogy Bank the SSDI (of 12/14/2012) of all of Lanza’s victims, except one – that of Ana Marquez-Greene, age 6, whose father is jazz musician Jimmy Greene. In my search for Ana, I had used every variation of her name: Ana Marquez, Ana Marquez-Greene, Ana Greene, to no avail. I hypothesized that the lack of a SSDI for Ana Marquez-Greene may be because her parents had not yet obtained a Social Security card/number for her. (See “Dec. 14 was date of death for every Sandy Hook massacre victim, except Adam Lanza“)

But wait!

Remember what I’d written at the beginning of this post — that the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database of death records created from the federal government Social Security Administration’s Death Master File?

What if I were to tell you that the Death Master File does NOT contain the SSDIs for any of Adam Lanza’s victims?

In other words, according to the United States Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, nobody died at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

That’s exactly what blogger LivingonPlanetZ of Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon reported on Feb. 22, 2014.

LivingonPlanetZ refers us to what he calls an “originating website” — a document published on archives.org (date unknown), titled “Sandy Hook – NO DEATHS, NO VICTIMS; According to SSDI Official Master File.” (You can also read the document in PDF here or here.)

The anonymous person who uploaded the 107-page document to archives.org had accessed the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, updated through January 1, 2014, and searched for Adam Lanza’s victims — in vain.

The document says:

You are invited to search all of these records for the putative ‘victims’ of the Sandy Hook massacre. The children should all be 6 to 7 years old (“born” 2005-2006), and should have “died” in 2012. The adult “victims” appear in the appendix. (Each entry is followed by a 6-7 digit serial entry number, which demonstrates the continuity of the alphabetical listing – in other words, that they are presented here unaltered.)

I did just that and can verify the claim that none of Adam Lanza’s victims is in Social Security’s Death Master File. But before I present my findings, here are the Sandy Hook victims (name, birth date, gender, age at death), according to news accounts:

CHILDREN

  1. Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (age 6)
  2. Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (age 7)
  3. Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (age 6)
  4. Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (age 7)
  5. Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (age 6)
  6. Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, male (age 6)
  7. Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, female (age 6)
  8. Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, female (age 6)
  9. Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (age 7)
  10. Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, male (age 6)
  11. James Mattioli, 03/22/06, male (age 6)
  12. Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, female (age 7)
  13. Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, female (age 6)
  14. Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, male (age 6)
  15. Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (age 6)
  16. Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, female (age 6)
  17. Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, female (age 6)
  18. Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (age 6)
  19. Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (age 6)
  20. Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, female (age 6)

ADULTS

  1. Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (age 29)
  2. Dawn Hocksprung, 06/28/65, female (age 47)
  3. Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (age 52)
  4. Lauren Russeau, 1982, female (age 29)
  5. Mary Sherlach, 02/11/56, female (age 56)
  6. Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (age 27)

Here are the search results for each of the above names in the Social Security Death Master File (DMF). In the list below, the names of alleged child victims are colored pink; those of adults are colored green:

  1. Charlotte Bacon: DMF has 36 individuals named Charlotte Bacon, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Charlotte Bacon.
  2. Daniel Barden: DMF has 6 individuals named Daniel or Danny Barden, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Daniel Barden.
  3. Olivia Engel: DMF has one Olivia Engel, but she was born on May 18, 1905.
  4. Josephine Gay: DMF has 29 Josephine Gay, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Josephine Gay.
  5. Anna Marquez: DMF has 21 Anna Marquez, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Anna Marquez.
  6. Dylan Hockley: DMF has no one named Dylan Hockley.
  7. Madeline Hsu: DMF has no one named Madeline Hsu. The closest, an individual named M. Hsu, was born on Oct. 27, 1940.
  8. Catherine Hubbard: DMF has 68 individuals named Catherine Hubbard, none of whom is the Sandy Hook Catherine Hubbard.
  9. Chase Kowalski: DMF has no one named Chase Kowalski. The closest, Chas Kowalski, was born on April 10, 1900.
  10. Jesse Lewis: DMF has 565  individuals named Jess or Jesse Lewis, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Jesse Lewis.
  11. James Mattioli: DMF has no one named James Mattioli.
  12. Grace McDonnell: DMF has 38 individuals named Grace or Gracie McDonnell, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Grace McDonnell.
  13. Emilie Parker: DMF has 12 individuals named Emilie, Emilia, or Emiline Parker, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Emilie Parker.
  14. Jack Pinto: DMF has 12 individuals named Jack or Jacob Pinto, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Jack Pinto.
  15. Noah Pozner: DMF has no one named Noah Pozner.
  16. Caroline Previdi: DMF has no one named Caroline Previdi.
  17. Jessica Rekos: DMF has no one named Jessica Rekos.
  18. Avielle Richman: DMF has 5 individuals with a first name that begins with the alphabet A and a last name of Richman, none of whom is Avielle Richman.
  19. Benjamin Wheeler: DMF has 206 individuals named Benjamin (or Benjamine, Benjemin, Benj, Benji) Wheeler, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Benjamin Wheeler.
  20. Allison Wyatt: DMF has 4 individuals named Allison Wyatt, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Allison Wyatt.
  21. Rachel Davino: DMF has no one named Rachel Davino.
  22. Dawn Hochsprung: DMF has no one named Dawn Hochsprung.
  23. Ann Marie Murphy: DMF has 11 individuals named Ann (or Anna) Murphy, 4 of whom are named Ann Marie Murphy, but none of them is Sandy Hook’s Ann Marie Murphy.
  24. Lauren Russeau: DMF has no one named Lauren Russeau.
  25. Mary Sherlach: DMF has two Marian Sherlach, but none named Mary Sherlach.
  26. Victoria Soto: DMF has 50 individuals named Victoria Soto. The closest is a Victoria G. Soto who was born about 1985, married in Texas on July 2, 2011, but is not dead.

LivingonPlanetZ posted about the document “Sandy Hook – NO DEATHS, NO VICTIMS; According to SSDI Official Master File” on February 22, 2014.

It is noteworthy that a month later, Social Security Administration changed its policy on the public’s access to its Death Master File. On the website of the Social Security Administration, it says beginning March 27, 2014, the public can have only “limited access” to its Death Master File. To gain access to the DMF, we the American people must now jump through several hoops:

  • One must be “certified” (via having one’s application approved) to be granted “limited access”.
  • Only certain people are eligible to be “certified”. One must have a “legitimate” fraud prevention interest, or have a “legitimate” business purpose pursuant to a law, governmental rule, regulation, or fiduciary duty in order to be certified under the program. (The critical word “legitimate” is undefined, which means Social Security Administration’s bureaucrats decide what “legitimate” means.)
  • Those who are “certified” for access to the Death Master File must pay a hefty annual per-person subscription fee of $995.

Then there’s this cover-their-posterior all-purpose qualifier by Social Security Administration:

This [Death Master] file includes the following information on each decedent, if the data are available to the SSA: social security number, name, date of birth, date of death. The SSA does not have a death record for all persons; therefore, SSA does not guarantee the veracity of the file. Thus, the absence of a particular person is not proof this person is alive.

But wait!

We don’t just have to depend on Social Security’s Death Master File data to know that no one died at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

How do we know that?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tells us so!

Adan Salazar reports for Infowars, Sept. 24, 2014, that recently released FBI crime statistics show that no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, despite reports that 20 schoolchildren, 6 faculty members, and Nancy Lanza were killed or, in the case of Adam Lanza, committed suicide on December 14, 2012.

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In contrast to the Connecticut report, the 2012 FBI crime report for the state of Colorado shows that 29 murders occurred in the town of Aurora that year, a figure that takes into account the 12 people who died in the Century Theater during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012.

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To conclude, no one was killed on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. More perverse still, according to the Social Security Administration’s records, none of the alleged Sandy Hook victims ever lived!

As the author of “Sandy Hook – NO DEATHS, NO VICTIMS; According to SSDI Official Master File” puts it:

ALL of the identities of the “children victims” of the supposed Sandy Hook massacre, are purely fictitious identities, with no record of either birth or death. As to the adult “victims”, the only one with an identity possibly verifiable from the intact SSD Master File, is Victoria G. Soto. The other identities may or may not have been assumed by real people at some time; but the identities themselves are nevertheless fictitious. Secondary copies of the Master File, or perhaps earlier versions, appear to have been altered or “corrected”, to include the fake identities. Such altered copies appear to be in use by popular genealogy search websites, though inconsistently.

H/t Nicholas K, Kelleigh N, Victoria M.

For Fellowship of the Minds’ other posts on this great deception, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

~Eowyn

Why Are Californian Republicans Such Sniveling Cowards?

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There were two excellent candidates for governor in California’s June primary: Tim Donnely, a pro-family, pro-life, pro-Constitution, liberty-loving Tea Party Republican, and Robert Newman, a pro-family, pro-life, pro-Constitution independent.

So who did Californian Republicans vote for? Neel Kashkari, a Republican-in-name-only who supports Obamacare and admits he voted for aka-Obama, who once worked as a junior banker for Goldman Sachs, and who, in 2008, was given control of $700 billion of tax-payer money which he handed out to the banking industry, including his former employer, Goldman Sachs.

Ask Republicans why they voted for a such a candidate and their immediate response is, “We have to win in November.” And yet they keep losing.

Ever been to a Californian Republican meeting? I have, several times. Half the time is spent arguing over procedural matters, and the other half consists of members, who just happen to work for companies like Nation Builder, pitching their services, which just happen to be extremely expensive.

If someone has the temerity to suggest that the party embrace their conservative roots by coming out in strong support of the Constitution, the pro-life movement, traditional marriage, etc., they are applauded by most in attendance, but then told by the “leaders” that they are being “unrealistic.” “We have to win in November,” they say, and yet they keep losing.

Ever volunteered to work for the Republican Party? I have, several times. No one returned any of my phone calls or emails.

California Republicans loathe the Tea Party. They see the Tea Party as a threat to their established ways. They claim the Tea Party does not represent their members. And yet they keep losing.

In California there are numerous races in which the Republican Party does not even bother to run a candidate. “No chance to win,” they say. “We have to be realistic.” And yet they keep losing.

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Orly Taitz ran for Attorney General as an independent in the June primary. Possessed with infinite courage and wisdom, Taitz would have done everything she could to clean house and expose political corruption. Did Republicans vote for her? No, they didn’t have the guts.

If you voted for Neel Kashkari in California’s primary, I’m calling you out. Why did you betray your state, your country, your family, and yourself by voting for such a man? Why are you such a damn, sniveling coward?

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http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/

A drone that can turn door knobs

Dr. Eowyn:

Drone technology is growing by leaps and bounds, but few of us are paying due attention.

Did you know that drones can be as small as a fly, weighing less than a gram? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2660255/Worlds-smallest-drone-Robo-fly-weighs-gram.html
Add to this the news that scientists have fashioned a drone that can turn valves, which means it can also turn door knobs.

Pay attention! Drones are being used for SURVEILLANCE. The civil liberties alarm bells should be ringing in your ears.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that were first developed for military use.

Increasingly, however, drones are used for domestic police work in the United States, which led former Texas Department of Agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower to warn about potential privacy abuses from aerial surveillance.

Add to this the news that they’ve now developed a drone that can use its arms to turn a valve, which also means the drone can turn door knobs.

Some facts about drones from Wikipedia:

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.

An armed UAV is known as an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

Drones are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a…

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Another deadly weekend in Chicago: Gangbanger kills 9 year old boy

2 killed, 26 others shot since Friday night

Antonio Smith

Antonio Smith

SunTimes: A gangbanger on parole for a gun charge shot a 9-year-old boy as he searched for rival gang members, then fled and told his friends he “shot a shorty,” prosecutors said Saturday.

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Derrick Allmon, 19, of the 7400 block of South Shore Drive, was denied bail Saturday, along with three others charged with him: Jabari Williams, 22, of the 1900 block of North Sycamore Street, Hanover Park; Michael Baker, 19, of the 8100 block of South Wentworth Avenue; and Paris Denard, 19, of the 7300 block of South Dorchester Avenue.

All are charged with murder in the Aug. 20 shooting death of 9-year-old Antonio Smith in the 1200 block of East 71st Street.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Friday that Allmon shot the boy because he thought he was warning the rival gang members Allmon was after.

He said Allmon shot the boy after Antonio said a single word: “Hey.” Antonio was shot six times — in the chest, forearm, back, shoulder and hand.

Baker

Baker

Allmon then threw his gun in a sewer and ran, according to police and prosecutors. In court Saturday, authorities said Baker picked up Allmon and drove him to Denard’s house, telling Baker in the car: “I just hit a shorty. I just hit a shorty.”

He also told Denard and others he had just shot and killed a child, prosecutors said.

At Denard’s house, Allmon urinated on his hands to try to get rid of the gunshot residue, then changed his shirt before returning home to check in with electronic monitoring. The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Under the terms of his parole, Allmon was allowed to leave home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., prosecutors said.

Denard

Denard

Authorities said the four had left Denard’s home earlier that day in two cars, going out in search of rival gang members, with Baker and Denard driving. Both drivers stopped when they spotted two rivals, authorities said, then Williams handed Allmon the gun and told him how to follow them into a back yard.

All four have given statements to the police admitting their involvement in the murder, according to prosecutors, who said the gun was found Thursday after Allmon revealed its location to police. It was tested by the Illinois State Police and found to be the murder weapon, prosecutors said.

Surveillance videos showed the suspects’ two cars in the area, they said.

Williams

Williams

Allmon, Williams and Denard have criminal convictions, according to prosecutors. Allmon was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member and released on parole on Aug. 1.

Williams has two misdemeanor battery convictions.

Denard, convicted of possessing a gun as a juvenile, was also on parole at the time of Antonio’s killing.

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court rules high school can ban students from wearing American flag T-shirt

More than 4 years ago on May 5, 2010, Cinqo de Mayo, four students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California — a school with a predominant Mexican-American student body — were ordered by the vice principal Miguel Rodriguez to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out.

From left, Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano and Dominic Maciel were sent home from school because they were wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

One of the boys, Daniel Galli, said they were told they could wear the flag T-shirt any other day “but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today” because their T-shirts were “incendiary” and could lead to fights on campus.

The boys said their T-shirts were an expression of their American pride. When they refused to turn their T-shirts inside out, they were ordered to go to the principal’s office and threatened with suspension. So the boys went home to avoid suspension.

The boys and their families met with a Morgan Hill Unified School District official. The district released a statement that “The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration’s interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.”

The boys were not suspended and were allowed to return to school, one of them wearing an American flag T-shirt. (Read more about this here.)

Fast forward four years.

Eric Owens reports for The Daily Caller that on Sept. 17, 2014, Constitution Day, the notoriously liberal U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order declining a request for an en banc (full court) hearing in a case involving the four Live Oak High School who were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

In so doing, the Ninth Circuit judges signaled their agreement with a lower district court and with a trio of appellate judges that officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. could censor students who wanted to wear flag-emblazoned shirts.

“[N]o further petitions shall be permitted,” the court ordered.

In the three-judge ruling, the Ninth Circuit held that school officials have wide latitude to limit freedom of expression: “Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence. Here, both the specific events of May 5, 2010, and the pattern of which those events were a part made it reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real.”

Consequently, the court proclaimed, vice principal Rodriguez acted constitutionally when he told students to turn their American flag shirts inside-out or hit the road with an excused absence because he was trying to prevent potential violence.

An online version of the opinion, Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School Dist., is available here.

The practice of limiting one group’s free speech rights because that speech might cause another group to react violently is known as a “heckler’s veto.” It is understood by free speech advocates to have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights.

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Seven-year-old punished at school for bringing in souvenir shell casing

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Fox4KC: Sherry Falke  said her seven-year-old son came home from school Tuesday crying hysterically. She thinks the school went overboard with a punishment her son received at s bringing in a souvenir shell casing.

“He felt it in his pocket, and he took it out and was showing some of his friends at school,” Falke explained. She says her son Zane forgot he left the shell casing in his pocket, a souvenir he received at the 9/11 ceremony from the VFW in Carrollton, given to him and his Cub Scout group.

The principal proceeded to reprimand him as though he were bringing live ammunition to school. I understand that’s in the policy, in the handbook, that they can’t bring guns to school, I fully support that, but it’s an empty blank casing,” Falke added.

Zane’s teacher took the shell casing, and took him to the principal’s office. Falke says they told Zane he could be suspended from school for 10 days, but instead gave him a silent lunch where he sat by himself, and missed two recesses.

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“In today’s society, unfortunately, we do have to be concerned with those types of things in schools,” said Dr. Roger Feagan, the superintendent of the Norborne R-VIII School District. He says while the shell casing is not a huge deal, the safety and security of students is their number one priority. (Because an empty shell is dangerous how?)

“Though this seems minor, if we don’t handle the minor things, they can unfortunately escalate into major things down the road,” added Dr. Feagan.

Falke said she called the school and explained the significance of the casing, and asked if they would reduce the punishment knowing now what it was.

“Had he brought a war medal to school, would he have been punished?” Falke asked. “They also passed out American flags to all the kids, if he brought that to school would he have been punished?”

The school said no, the punishment stands. “We didn’t want anything to lead to anything further with that student or think that was OK to bring to school,” said Dr. Feagan.

The school handbook specifically says weapons, firearms, knives, and the like, are not allowed. While the shell casing doesn’t exactly fall into that category, the school feels the punishment was appropriate, and a common consequence for minor offenses.

The school says it stands behind the punishment, and the superintendent adds that hopefully this is a learning experience for everyone. He says had the school been informed ahead of time about the souvenir, and where it came from, it could have been a great discussion topic in the classroom.

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