May 30, 2014 at 11:55:21
“You obviously have your own agenda and do not read my posts. I agree with everything you say about minority men, guns etc...BUT it has no place in the yearbook that is celebrating the student's achievements and graduation 3000 miles away from where the murder happened.”
redbai on May 31, 2014 at 10:51:25
“You haven't explained why it's "political" as opposed to a "social" comment. You appear to be projecting your own feelings onto the act.”
CoffeeandXanax on May 30, 2014 at 12:34:53
“So I have an agenda because I don't think this is political I think it's sociological? Give me a break. I have read your posts. That doesn't mean that I need to agree with your stance. YOU say that it has no place....but obviously the students, fellow teachers and the administration feel differently.”
May 30, 2014 at 10:30:05
“It was intended to be a political statement. My point is that the yearbook is for the students, not the teachers. If a student had done this I would applaud. But we as teachers need to hold ourselves higher. This educator could have had a great lesson in his class about Trayvon, but the way ir t was done is inappropriate.”
mcmarauder805 on Jun 1, 2014 at 09:27:20
“Yes the teacher could have had a great lesson in his classroom about Martin - teaching that you need to keep your fists to yourself you'll live longer.”
CoffeeandXanax on May 30, 2014 at 10:44:13
“Again I ask...how is this a political statement? How is memorializing the senseless death of a young man political? Where is his shirt that says "Gun Kill=Change the law"? where is the obvious political statement? There is none. Can you tell which political party he belongs to by looking at that picture? Cause I can't. This is an issue for our current culture. The constant profiling of minority men and the effects it has on their lives. This has nothing to do with politics. Sorry.”
May 29, 2014 at 17:59:38
“I am a teacher...I am to the left of the Democratic Party...and I find this inappropriate. There is a time and a place for everything. The Yearbook is not a place for a teacher to make a political statement. If this had been the HS of Treyvon, I would have more understanding.”
jelun on May 31, 2014 at 19:02:33
“Good thing for the rest of us you don't get to make judgements about things that are totally apolitical.”
smedge on May 30, 2014 at 16:07:56
“Exactly! This was the wrong venue...”
CoffeeandXanax on May 30, 2014 at 08:09:38
“I disagree with you. How is this a political statement? He's not wearing an Obama or Romney shirt. This s a cultural or sociological statement at best. We as people like to look at things and turn them into political statements....especially when they aren't intended to be.”
MillinMn on May 29, 2014 at 22:01:14
“It's not a political statement. It's a sociological statement about race, social perception, and a dead kid in Florida who didn't have to die. Those are not partisan issues”
Candace8383 on May 29, 2014 at 21:57:33
“my yearbook was entirely political ...I survived In fact I thrived and remain political to this day”
Stephen Hampe on May 29, 2014 at 20:28:42
“First off, when anyone starts trying to tout their liberal bona fides, I'm skeptical.
But, this is the season, and a handful of students are getting attention for snarky yearbook demonstrations. (Apparently using the periodic table as a cipher is big this year.) When a student slips one of those coded messages by, people applaud the student's creatively, except what snuck in was usually some vulgar phrase.
A history teacher chose to symbolize a historic event.
What if he had chosen to strike one of MLK's iconic poses?
Or dressed like a Founding Father?
My HS art teacher posed with a piece of blank, white poster board - so he could sign books without obscuring his face.
Would that pass muster?”
biscuitdave on May 29, 2014 at 20:04:25
“By that logic, schools should be in session on MLK Day. It's not political. It's truth.”
questionitall on May 29, 2014 at 19:11:16
“How is his photo inappropriate? What is objectionable about either reminding the populace, making a political statement, or being memorable? What I find more objectionable is someone who has a chance to influence young people to think for themselves who does not.”
“Actually, the committee gave him a list of what they considered sex. He then asked if this was complete, they said yes. Oral was not on the list, so he said that he never had sex with Monica. Where exactly is the lie?”
jd jenkins on May 6, 2014 at 14:49:20
“Maybe you should refresh your memory with a quick review of the Star report...
“Had it not been for that other woman who manipulated Monica, this would not have been a major issue. All our Presidents have dabbled in the lady pond while Pres. It never weakens their stature as Pres.”
jd jenkins on May 6, 2014 at 14:09:49
“Wow, your view on history is blurred... Had the sitting President of the United States Bill Clinton not lied under oath, it would not have been a major issue.
I remind you Fmr. President Clinton's cost was his law license, in exchange of jail time.”
“It's a shame that in this country we do not acknowledge mental illness as a real illness. Mental illness is just like Cancer and heart disease. We wait until these kids kill other kids. It's such a shame that this child maybe could have been helped but wasn't.”
bobbyar410 on Apr 27, 2014 at 21:29:40
“Have you seen how parents react by telling them their son or daughter need mental health?
It's not the system wrong.
The parents reaction is the real problem.”
Janine Lea on Apr 27, 2014 at 11:36:09
“He has no record of Mental Illness. He wasn't bullied. Smart kid. Never been a problem.
The problem is is that for many people "Mental Illness" is the new PC excuse for violent behavior. What they don't appreciate is that some people are violent because THEY LIKE IT.”
USS Elliot DD967 on Apr 27, 2014 at 08:25:22
“It's a shame that, in the modern era, we tend to attribute evil to mental illness... It's not that no mental illness exists, that's not what I'm saying at all. But I doubt that most violent acts are fueled by that. There's a reservoir of rage built up in young people, and the root cause in likely anything but disease. The social and moral forces that contribute to their desperation probably has more to do with things like having no fathers, free indulgence is sex, and drugs, mothers with 5 boyfriends and a new girlfriend, and a society that thinks they've made no contribution to the monstrosities that result from the neglect that accompanies such indulgence. And there's the straightforward capacity of human beings to do plain old pedestrian evil (and evil is an equal opportunity employer that has little regard for age, sex, and least of all truth.) I think that until those sorts of things are acknowledged (highly unlikely) you will see these trends continue along the current trajectory. A wise person will understand this is the judgement of consequence.”
Caymus77 on Apr 26, 2014 at 17:47:39
“Is hate a mental illness? How about anger?”
FindMiddleGround on Apr 26, 2014 at 16:17:58
“Well written and entire inapplicable...
Everything I have read from every source on this horrible attack states that there were NO precursor events or indications.
While I agree with your point as a generalization, it would be better received if you actually educated yourself with the facts here and kept your commentary in line.”
Mark M USA on Apr 26, 2014 at 11:59:50
“Again its government regulations which prevent the sharing of such info due to privacy laws. Remember CO shootings where people knew what the shooter was planning but were prohibited from sharing with others under privacy laws.
Sorry but in cases like this no such law should stop the immediate sharing of info with school officials, law enforcement and healthcare professionals. This MUST be shared with all to prevent such tragedy.”
David901 on Apr 26, 2014 at 11:30:48
“the same thing can be said for alcoholism”
FBFanny on Apr 26, 2014 at 05:21:57
“Schizophrenic break? Yes, this was the first thing that sprung to mind.”
Juanita La Tremenda Bori on Apr 25, 2014 at 23:52:54
“People need to stop thinking they control their destiny and forget that God is the one in charge of that. Whenever we go against His will, this is what happens and we still don't realize it. How many more people have to die till we get the message.”
125cbj on Apr 25, 2014 at 20:30:32
“Nobody , not the students nor his parents saw any sign of mental illness . so what was he suppose to be helped with ????? sounds like the boy may just be devilish .”
kasel1 on Apr 25, 2014 at 20:09:37
“No it's not like cancer and heart disease. You can't cure it, because you can't positively test for it. And you don't know when it's gonna pop out and kill other peopel.”
CanuckistanCommie on Apr 25, 2014 at 17:51:32
“Although I can sympathize, 5% of all violent crime involves people with mental illness. How do you deal with the remaining 95%?”
Jimmy 61762 on Apr 25, 2014 at 17:33:17
“Mental illness is recognized but unless you have experience with a family member or a friend having it you might not be aware of it. Treatment works but there are a high percentage of schizos and bipolar people who are diagnosed but have Anosognosia: The person is unaware of their illness and does not think they are sick.”
be practical on Apr 25, 2014 at 17:02:54
“Wouldn't you have to suspect mental illness first. I have read nothing where this boy said or acted 'unusual' before this event. Any way, if acting weird is mental illness, then we'd be locking up have the kids in the USA.”