Disgusting: Young pupils allegedly forced to re-enact Holocaust in Washington school

Washington DC school officials say a staff member who allegedly forced young students to re-enact events from the Holocaust has been placed on leave. The alleged re-enactment by eight and nine year kids included shootings and digging of mass graves, with one child assigned to act as Adolf Hitler. In an apology, the school said this was not part of an approved lesson plan. In an email sent to parents of Watkins Elementary School on Friday, principal Mscott Berkowitz acknowledged “the gravity of this poor instructional decision”. “Students should never be asked to act out or portray any atrocity, especially … Continue reading Disgusting: Young pupils allegedly forced to re-enact Holocaust in Washington school

US judge faces calls to quit over home video slurs

A US judge is to take leave of absence after video recorded at her home captured a racial slur directed at a burglar, local media report. Judge Michelle Odinet, of Lafayette, Louisiana, said in a statement she had taken a sedative and had “zero recollection” of the incident. In the clip, voices are heard narrating CCTV footage, reportedly of a burglar caught outside the judge’s house. The unseen people use an epithet and compare the suspect to a roach. Judge Odinet’s lawyer, Dane Ciolino, told CBS news on Wednesday night one of the voices in the video belonged to the judge … Continue reading US judge faces calls to quit over home video slurs

Bad Idea: Apology to US teachers over ‘dash for cash’ charity stunt

A hockey team and bank have apologised after a charity event for South Dakota teachers went viral and was condemned online as demeaning and “dystopian”. The “Dash for Cash” on Saturday saw willing teachers at a hockey game scoop as many possible $1 bills (£0.8) into their clothing in under five minutes. The educators, who are among the lowest funded in the US, said they would spend the money on school supplies. On Monday, the local hockey team and bank that donated the cash apologised. In a statement, the Sioux Falls Stampede and the CU Mortgage Direct bank said: “Although … Continue reading Bad Idea: Apology to US teachers over ‘dash for cash’ charity stunt

Larry Nassar abuse survivors to receive $380m settlement

Hundreds of women abused by former US national gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar are to receive $380 million (£287 million) after reaching a settlement with USA Gymnastics. It ends a five-year legal battle that began in the wake of the huge abuse scandal that rocked US sport. Nassar was sentenced to over 300 years in jail in 2018 for molesting gymnasts. Athletes including a number of Olympic medallists testified about how Nassar sexually abused them. The settlement is among the largest ever for a sexual abuse case, and as part of the agreement USA Gymnastics and the Olympic Committee will … Continue reading Larry Nassar abuse survivors to receive $380m settlement

Pathetic: US Congressman Thomas Massie condemned for Christmas guns photo

A US congressman has faced a barrage of criticism after he posted a Christmas photograph of his family posing with military-style rifles, just days after a deadly school shooting. Kentucky’s Republican representative, Thomas Massie, tweeted the photo with the caption: “Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo”. The post has been condemned by a host of families affected by gun violence, plus figures on both sides of politics. In the wake of the controversy, Mr Massie has retweeted messages of support, and also those criticising him – directly engaging with several Twitter users who said he was “tone deaf” and … Continue reading Pathetic: US Congressman Thomas Massie condemned for Christmas guns photo

Student kills three in Michigan school shooting

Three students have been killed and eight others injured, including a teacher, in a high school shooting in the US state of Michigan. Officials say a 16-year-old boy and two girls aged 14 and 17 died. Police allege the suspect, a pupil at the school, used a handgun that his father had bought on Friday. Students have described hiding under desks during the attack. Some had stayed home on Tuesday because of safety concerns. Police received emergency calls from the high school in the town of Oxford, about 40 miles (65km) from Detroit, at 12:51 local time (17:51GMT). Within minutes, … Continue reading Student kills three in Michigan school shooting

Road Carnage: Car ploughs into Wisconsin parade leaving several people dead

Police have said there were “some fatalities” after a car ploughed into a parade in Wisconsin. Footage posted online shows a red sports utility vehicle (SUV) driving through a Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha, west of Milwaukee, at around 16:40 local time (22:40 GMT). Police chief Dan Thompson said it hit more than 20 people including children. He confirmed people had died but said they would not give details until family members had been told. Local resident Angelito Tenorio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper he had just finished marching in the parade when the incident occurred. “We saw … Continue reading Road Carnage: Car ploughs into Wisconsin parade leaving several people dead

Saved By The Bell: Oklahoma prisoner’s execution halted at last minute

Oklahoma’s governor has halted the execution of prisoner Julius Jones hours before he was due to be put to death. Kevin Stitt said he was commuting the sentence to life imprisonment without parole. Hundreds of students earlier walked out of school demanding clemency for Jones. Jones was sentenced to death in 2002 for killing Paul Howell during a carjacking three years earlier. He maintains his innocence. His case has attracted the support of celebrities including reality TV star Kim Kardashian and anti-death penalty activists. Jones’ execution by lethal injection was scheduled for 16:00 local time (2200 GMT) at the state … Continue reading Saved By The Bell: Oklahoma prisoner’s execution halted at last minute

Biden signs ‘once-in-a-generation’ $1tn infrastructure bill into law

US President Joe Biden has signed into law a $1.2tn (£894bn) spending bill, marking a legislative achievement for his administration. “Today, we are finally getting this done,” the Democrat told lawmakers from both major parties in a bill signing ceremony at the White House on Monday. The bill caused a rift in Mr Biden’s party that was partly blamed for a Democratic election loss this month. Another massive social spending bill is currently being considered in Congress. “My message to the American people is America is moving again. And your life is going to change for the better,” Mr Biden … Continue reading Biden signs ‘once-in-a-generation’ $1tn infrastructure bill into law

Careless: Man robbed at gunpoint after winning $40k in cash at a casino

A 34-year-old man was on a winning streak at an Illinois casino, but after he took his cash and left, his luck soon ran out. Des Plaines police are now investigating after Cordero Supe, who won $40,000 in cash at Rivers Casino, was robbed by two men at gunpoint around 2:30 a.m. in the casino’s parking garage. The pair’s faces were covered with bandanas and they drove a dark-colored vehicle, according to police. The men pulled up to Supe, pointed their weapons at him, and told him to hand over his winnings. “I walked out and I was attacked by … Continue reading Careless: Man robbed at gunpoint after winning $40k in cash at a casino

Police Brutality: Minneapolis rejects move to replace police department

Voters in Minneapolis have rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police with a new department of public safety. The decision comes six months after a white Minneapolis officer was convicted of murder for killing George Floyd. Floyd’s filmed murder led to several days of riots in the city and calls to “defund the police”. Unlike the police, who report to the mayor, the department of public safety would have been jointly overseen by the mayor and the 13-member city council. Mental health professionals would have been dispatched for most non-violent crimes, but police officers would have still been available … Continue reading Police Brutality: Minneapolis rejects move to replace police department

Military officers condemn CIA torture as a stain on America

Seven senior US officers serving on a military jury have rebuked the alleged CIA torture of a prisoner as “a stain on the moral fiber of America”. A clemency letter from most of the panel, published by the New York Times, condemns the treatment of Majid Khan. Khan admits working as an al-Qaeda courier and has been in custody since being captured in Pakistan in 2003. His testimony was the first of its kind by a detainee held in an overseas CIA site in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. He testified last week about alleged abuse including beatings, waterboarding … Continue reading Military officers condemn CIA torture as a stain on America