Public Schools and Sexual Assault

This is about Chicago, but do you think any of the other large districts are that much better? Betrayed: Chicago schools fail to protect students from sexual abuse — Chicago Tribune

They didn’t do proper background checks. When they fired people for cause, they didn’t bother to pass that information along to the next school.

Ineffective background checks exposed students to educators with criminal convictions and arrests for sex crimes against children. And CPS failed to disclose to other districts that past employees had resigned after investigators found credible evidence of abuse and harassment.

From rapes to groping to come-ons, the article details the failings of CPD. Though some of the abusers are in jail

And while there is enough incompetence to go around, in some cases the system worked to protect itself at the expense of the victims. (Color me shocked.)

The student-protection failures started in schoolhouses but include the CPS central office and the district’s Law Department, which kept the results of its investigations secret and even sought to undermine the athlete raped at Simeon when they fought her civil lawsuit.

The child-protection failures also extend to state government. Weaknesses in Illinois law help protect predators, and the State Board of Education sometimes takes years to discipline disgraced educators.

They also claim that the fact that the federal .gov is not collecting stats is a problem. Because apparently the Chicago Tribune thinks that the .gov should spend more money that it doesn’t have.


Your Tax Dollars At Work: Emergency Alert/Zombie Apocalypse Edition

First there was Hawaii’s famed false Missile Attack Alert. (Still a classic!)

There was also the Tsunami Alert issued to Palm Beach, Florida. ‘Test’ tsunami warning startles Palm Beach County. That didn’t get as much press coverage as Hawaii.

Did you get a tsunami warning for Palm Beach County on Tuesday morning? Did you spit up your double latte?

The county is pointing fingers at the National Weather Service. Apparently a “test” alert went out, that had “test” in the title, but NOT in the coding – that bit that computers would use to make decisions. So a local .gov screw up or a federal .gov screw up? Still the .gov, either way. (“I’m from the government and I’m here to help”) Even Accuweather sent out a copy of the alert.

The downside is of course that in the event of a real tsunami, the residents of Palm Beach County will now say, “Oh, it’s just another false alarm,” and ignore the chance to get out of the way.

But my favorite is probably this story from Lake Worth, Florida that came out this week. Watch: ‘Extreme zombie activity’ alert in Florida city was apparent prank. (Apparent? You mean there was no real Zombie Apocalypse? I’m so disappointed.)

The alert, sent out by the city of Lake Worth early Sunday, warned of a “power outage and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus,” referencing a city from AMC’s The Walking Dead.


Apparently the power outage was real enough. So chalk this up to another municipal .gov that can’t be bothered to spend money and resources protecting their computer infrastructure from hackers. So is this “Peak Florida?” (Hat tip to Ace of Spades.)

What Happens When You Make Something Less Expensive? – Criminal Justice Edition

JusticeWhat happens? You get more of it. CWB Chicago: Prosecutors: Gun Offender Was Free On Recognizance Bond When He Got Another Gun And Killed A Man

The Left hates everything that came out of the late 1980’s Get Tough on Crime initiatives. But violent crime peaked in this country around 1991 or so, and even with the increase we’ve seen in the past 3 years or so it is still near historic lows, at least in most of the country. (Chicago, Baltimore and a few other places are notable exceptions to that statement.)

In an effort to turn back some of that tough on crime stuff, Cook County (home to Chicago) is trying to go easy on defendants who might have a hard time affording bail. In some case releasing criminals on their own recognizance. Which brings us to the case in point.

A guy bought an illegal gun, that was originally stolen from Spokane. He fired a couple of shots to “be sure it worked.” He got busted for illegal possession of a firearm. Released – no bond, no electronic monitoring. He was just left to walk out the door. He skipped his hearing. (Color me shocked!) While out awaiting that hearing, he bought another gun. He used that gun to shoot a man in the back of the head.

So while I firmly believe that the guy is responsible for his own actions, I also think the judge (Judge Stephanie Miller) should be called to account. Chicago is in the grip of a crime epidemic. (Go to HeyJackass! for the details.) If you are not going to hold people in jail for gun crimes, what are you going to hold them for?

We get an answer to that question in this case, because the bad-guy in question was brought before the SAME judge, this time on the murder charge. (The universe, it seems, has sense of irony.) Judge Miller ordered him held without bond this time.

A final note: The Sun-Times had a reporter in court for Williams’ appearance on Wednesday. For some reason, the paper’s story makes no mention of the fact that Williams was free on a recognizance bond for a handgun violation when he allegedly committed the murder.

Media Bias? What Media Bias? Nothing to see here! Move along. (Hat tip to Second City Cop).

In The Place Where Great Britain Used to Be

JusticeWhere photography is a crime that will get you 13 months in prison, but raping young girls will be ignored by the police as long as they can get away with it. Right-wing activist Tommy Robinson reportedly jailed after filming outside child grooming trial | Fox News

“Tommy’s lawyer said he will likely die in jail given his profile and previous credible threats, and the judge basically said he doesn’t care,” the source said. “He sentenced him to 13 months in prison.”

Oh, and Free Speech? The UK doesn’t need free speech – at least not according to the judge. And that’s a good thing because they clearly don’t have free speech.

The judge in the case on Friday slapped a reporting ban on the case. The order bans reporters from reporting on a case if there is reason to believe the reporting could prejudice a trial. The order prevents reporting until the conclusion of the trial Robinson was reporting on.

He was basically arrested and jailed for questioning the authority of the government, pointing out that they ignored crimes by Muslim men because they didn’t want to appear prejudiced, and for saying mean things about Islam.

So you teach a kid how to make stuff out of metal…

And you’re surprised when he makes something out of metal. Police: Student arrested for making hatchets in welding class

So is that a tool or a weapon? (I use one all winter long to break firewood down into kindling, along with my short-handled maul.)

The 15-year-old male student was caught by his teacher Friday making hatchets during a welding class

Charges are pending. Because it threatens the safe-space sensibilities of the establishment. It’s not like he was making guns.

San Francisco Used To Be a Beautiful City

Now it is a hazardous waste dump. Survey of Downtown San Francisco Reveals Trash on Every Block, 303 Piles of Feces and 100 Drug Needles – NBC Bay Area

It is beyond gross; it is dangerous.

“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. He warned that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus. “If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine,” he said. The results can prove fatal, especially in children.

“The contamination is … much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India,” he said. He notes that in those countries, slum dwellings are often long-term homes for families and so there is an attempt to make the surroundings more livable. Homeless communities in San Francisco, however, are often kicked out from one part of town and forced to relocate to another. The result is extreme contamination, according to Riley.

The city budget (2016-2017) included about $60 million for “street environmental services.” Translation: cleaning up the crap.

Lots of photos, and a video (I didn’t watch) at the link above. H/T DailyWire.

Why Was This Guy Not in Jail?

JusticeThis is more detail on a self-defense story from Monday. Man killed in Trinity home invasion identified

The man Decatur police say was killed during a weekend home invasion in Trinity Sunday had been arrested just a couple of days before that on kidnapping and domestic violence charges, jail records show.

Kidnapping and domestic violence and that is not enough to keep him in jail. What? Did he not know that kidnapping was a vile, illegal act?

Huntsville police said Taylor was at work with a woman on May 5 and became angry about a text on her phone. He kicked and hit her and forced her into a car, police said.

Taylor drove west on Highway 72 and stopped around County Line Road, where he beat the woman with weapons, police said. He then began driving again and continued to beat her, police said. He left the woman in a hospital parking lot in Muscle Shoals.

The anti-gun crowd will blame his death on a firearm. I blame his death (and the injuries he caused before he was shot) on the courts. What does a criminal have to do, to prove he is a danger, and be held without bond? (Previous story at this link.)