BONER CANDIDATE #1: WE HAVE NO SAFE PLACE FOR WHATEVER YOU ARE.
A transgender student was blocked from using the boys’ or girls’ locker room during an emergency drill at a Virginia middle school last week, according to an LGBTQ rights group. The group, Equality Stafford, said the student, who identifies as a girl, was prevented from using either locker room during her physical education class while teachers “discussed where she should go,” according to a Facebook post. “The student was forced to watch the adults charged with her care, debate the safest place (for the other students) to have her shelter,” the post continued. “During this debate, she was instructed to sit in the gym with a teacher until the drill was complete, away from her peers and identified as different.” The unidentified girl was later instructed to sit in a locker room hallway after additional deliberation by school officials, according to the group.
A Republican lawmaker in Minnesota is under fire for snatching the microphone away from his Democratic rival during a debate. Four-term state Rep. Duane Quam was debating political newcomer Jamie Mahlberg of the DFL, the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party, on Monday when the incident occurred. The two had been passing a single microphone back and forth, sharing their thoughts on a wide variety of issues. However, as Mahlberg was answering a question about linking education funding to the Consumer Price Index, Quam raised a card indicating he would like a rebuttal. Instead of waiting for Mahlberg to pass him the mic, he seized it from her hands, causing her to recoil in surprise.
BONER CANDIDATE #3: HERE’S HOW YOU DISABLE YOUR COURT ORDERED ANKLE MONITOR.
A Springfield man is in jail after authorities say he filmed himself using a butter knife and a screwdriver to remove an ankle monitor — then posted the video to Facebook. The July video referenced by investigators is still posted on what appears to be the Facebook page of Dustin W. Burns, 33. Court records show Burns pleaded guilty to violating a restraining order earlier this year and was placed on probation. “This is how you take an ankle bracelet off,” says a voice in the video, “without breaking the circuit.” A man in the video can be seen with his pants leg rolled up. He sticks the butter knife in and out of the device, before grabbing a utility tool to unscrew part of it. The man advises viewers to remove the ankle monitor without damaging it, thus avoiding thousands of dollars in fines.
Corey Lewis, who runs a youth mentoring program, was followed by a white woman from a Walmart to his mother’s home. A white woman called the police on a black man who was babysitting two white children after she reported that she feared for their safety. Georgia resident Corey Lewis live-streamed the incident on Facebook, which was described by one of the parents as a case of “babysitting while black.” According to CBS, the woman approached Lewis while he was with the children in a Walmart parking lot in Cobb County. She then followed him to his mother’s house, where a police officer questioned him and the children. Parents David Parker and Dana Mango told CBS that they had arranged for Lewis to look after their children weeks ago and were in disbelief when they received a call from the officer.
BONER CANDIDATE #2: I HAVE BEEN A PROLIFIC SOCIAL MEDIA USER.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a history of social media engagement that includes liking a racist meme of the Obamas and retweeting a renowned conspiracy theorist. A look back at Andrew Wheeler’s social media use across various platforms shows that the former energy lobbyist turned EPA administrator has for years engaged with and endorsed conservative-leaning and occasionally offensive material, HuffPost first reported on Tuesday. Examples of his questionable social media use include a meme he liked from his personal Facebook account in 2013 that depicted then-President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sitting at a sports game looking on intently while a white person’s hand holds up a banana in the foreground.
BONER CANDIDATE #3: I DON’T CARE WHAT HE SURVIVED, HE CAN BURN IN HELL.
A young candidate for the state House of Representatives is under fire for online posts he made before his nomination to the 30th House District. The state’s largest teachers union condemned candidate Steve Baleshiski, 22, calling his posts “hate speech.” (Bill Leukhardt/[email protected]) The state’s largest teachers union condemned a candidate for the 30th House District for online comments made prior to his nomination criticizing the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and disparaging Muslims, among other topics. Connecticut Education Association leaders said that Steve Baleshiski, 22, the Republican challenger of six-term Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, posted what they say is “hate speech” on his personal Facebook page dating back to 2016.