Teacher Mocks Student’s Hairstyle; Apologizes

(Original story at ABC News here.)

Here is a piece of advice from a former teacher (oh yes, I have been a soldier, a grassroots leader, and a teacher, among other things): Never mock your students. Not to their faces, and also not on Facebook.

Teacher allegedly mocks student on Facebook

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 30, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Chicago Public Schools is investigating a mother’s concerns involving a picture her child’s teacher allegedly posted on Facebook.

Ukailya Lofton, 7, says math is her favorite subject. She also likes to dress up. For picture day last week, Ukailya wore Jolly Rancher candies at the end of her braids, a hairstyle she says her computer teacher at Overton Elementary School mocked on Facebook.

“She took a picture of me and then she said my boyfriend can’t believe this,” Ukailya told ABC7.

“She told me her teacher told her to put her hair in her face and she took out her cell phone and she took a picture, not knowing she was putting my baby on Facebook and criticize her,” said Lucinda Williams, mother.

Williams says she copied some of the comments from the teacher’s Facebook page. The teacher allegedly wrote, “right, this is for picture day.” Then someone commented,”if you are going to make your child look ridiculous, the least you can do is have them matching.” Another wrote,”yeah, this is foolishness.” And one added, “I laughed so hard that my contact popped out.”

“My mama told me she put it on Facebook and then I felt sad,” said Ukailya.

A spokesperson for CPS says, “the district is currently investigating the matter to determine if any policies have been violated. If policies have in fact been violated, the district will move on disciplinary action.”

Williams says she went to the school and talked with the principal and the teacher. She says the teacher did apologize for her actions, but Williams is not satisfied.

“She never apologized to my daughter. She is still in the school. She wasn’t suspended. I mean, it’s like nothing happened. She just apologized and that’s it. That’s not enough,” said Williams.

ABC7 was unable to contact the teacher for a comment.

Williams says the teacher told her that she deleted the page, but the mother would like her to apologize to her daughter.

Williams has hired an attorney and on Friday they are planning a news conference and a lawsuit against CPS will be filed that same day.

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Man Arrested for Saying He Wants to Burn Voting Slip and Ballot Box

(Original story at The Straits Times here.)

Singapore’s General Elections are on May 7, and lots of anti-People’s Action Party (PAP; the ruling party) comments and articles can be found online. Generally, the Singapore government does not censor online activities (unlike the Chinese Communist Party in mainland China), so whatever this man had to say, it was probably quite serious a threat for the police to take action.

Regardless, even if you do not live in an authoritarian country, please do not incite violence – especially against elected officials – in exercising the right to your freedom of speech online. First, it is childish. Second, it may get you into trouble.

APR 27, 2011

Man arrested for saying he wants to burn his voting slip

A 32-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested for repeatedly saying on the Internet that he intends to burn his voting slip and ballot box on Polling Day.

Police said in a statement on Tuesday that on Monday, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division arrested the Singaporean Chinese in his Ang Mo Kio home, acting on information they had received.

Investigations showed that he was also believed to have posted a comment which the police said ‘was suggestive of causing hurt to Members of Parliament’. He is believed to have posted at least three such messages.

The man was arrested for Communicating an Electronic Record Containing Incitements to Violence, under Section 267C of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Anyone convicted can be jailed up to five years or fined, or both.

Police said they took threats of violence to the conduct of the electoral process and threats of violence against people seriously.

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Palace Guard Uses Racist Term, Calls Kate Middleton Cow; Removed From Wedding Duty

(Original story at CNN here.)

When one is in a sensitive vocation like a guard of the British palace, one had better be more sensible than to spout racist nonsense. Also, one would do well not to make any mention of the person(s) that one is protecting for security reasons.

Do you really think that the bodyguards of the most important people in the nation (or kingdom, in this case) are not closely watched by other officials? Do not be naive.

Remember, if you really have to, put your head in a bucket and shout it in your mother’s basement or something.

Palace guard yanked off royal wedding duty over Facebook posts

By the CNN Wire Staff


London (CNN) — A Buckingham Palace guard has been pulled off of royal wedding duty this week because of offensive posts on his Facebook page, the British Ministry of Defence told CNN Monday.

Cameron Reilly, the guard, used an offensive term to describe Pakistanis on his Facebook page, which was taken offline on Monday. CNN saw the comment before the page was removed.

“In view of the nature of the allegation, it would not be appropriate for the individual to be on parade for The Royal Wedding,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Reilly, who was pictured on his page wearing the traditional tall black bearskin hat of Buckingham Palace guards, did not immediately respond to CNN attempts to contact him via Facebook.

Prince William of Wales, the second in line to the British throne, is marrying his college girlfriend Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday.

British media reported that Reilly called Middleton a “stupid stuck up cow” and used an obscenity to describe her on Facebook. The Ministry of Defence declined to confirm that.

He listed “causing trouble” and “casually breaking the law” among his interests on Facebook. He said on the page that he joined the Scots Guards in 2010, and he posted several pictures of himself in military uniform.

It’s in a comment on one of those photos — showing himself holding a rifle in each hand — that he tells a friend he couldn’t fit in any more guns because he had “2 many paki’s scalps in it already.”

“Paki” is considered a deeply offensive term by many people of Pakistani descent.

Prince William’s own brother Prince Harry had to apologize two years ago for using the term to describe a fellow soldier in a video he made.

A spokesman for Prince Harry apologized in a statement released by St. James’s Palace. The spokesman said the prince — who is third in line to the British throne — “understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offense his words might cause.”

He called another soldier “our little Paki friend, Ahmed,” in the video, which was filmed in 2006 and posted in 2009 by the News of the World tabloid.

“There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend,” the St. James’s Palace statement said.

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