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'I AM A BULLY' sign-holder calls sentence unfair

'I AM A BULLY' sign-holder calls sentence unfair | Sociology 2213-201 | Scoop.it
An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him  has ruined his life.
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This is the strangest case of punishment that I have seen in the news. If the Prugh family felt harassed by the man, I think they should have gotten a restraining order against the man, especially if the mom said that she felt like her family was threatened. I just thought it was strange that this is the punishment that was given to him. 

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Erin Madden's comment, April 14, 2014 12:11 PM
Interesting article! And how does this connect to our class on deviance? Connect to course concepts or discussions!
Amanda Lynn Nawrocki's comment, April 14, 2014 12:16 PM
This is pretty strange, but I think that the mom was wanting the man to feel responsible for his actions. Just like the girls who were alcoholics. They needed to step up to the plate and own it. He needed to own this so that the people in his life can see the real person he is. Maybe then his prosocial connections and bonds can help change his attitude and behavior towards people.
Ryley Wyrwitzke's comment, April 22, 2014 11:05 AM
I have heard this form of punishment is the most effective -- public humiliation. Most forms of punishments have little effect on criminals sometimes, yet studies have shown public humiliation really impacts the life of them. Now how the public will see him and label him as deviant.
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Police seek answers after 7 dead babies found

Police seek answers after 7 dead babies found | Sociology 2213-201 | Scoop.it
The tiny bodies were stuffed in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.
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This article is very gruesome and shocking. I don't understand why she would kill 7 babies that all belonged to her without anyone knowing. I think she should be charged with all seven of the counts of murder but it is hard to tell what exactly happened since this is a new case and they are still running tests. 

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Florida man arrested after calling ex-girlfriend 145 times in 11 hours

Florida man arrested after calling ex-girlfriend 145 times in 11 hours | Sociology 2213-201 | Scoop.it
A Florida man accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend called the woman 145 times in the span of 11 hours Friday and even caused the school where the woman worked to be put on lockdown because he threatened to blow up the place, police said.
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I dont think that the man was doing anything out of the ordinary until he threatened his ex girlfriend.It's normal for emotionally attached ex boyfriend/girlfriends to call and try to talk to their ex after a break up if they did not want it to happen. That was a normal act until he started to call other places affiliated with his ex and makes threats to them. That escalates the situation and it is what causes it to be aggravated stalking. Everything crazy happens in Florida.
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Lisamarie Kolster's comment, March 4, 2014 10:49 AM
I agree with Shayla the situation wasn’t bad until threatened to blow up where she works. I’ve been in the women’s situation before where the person cannot handle that you broke up and thinks you have to answer their calls. I’ve always experienced the threats, people say some stupid things when they’re angry but from my experience if they aren’t afraid of the cops and say send in a s.w.a.t. team then they need some help. I think they need to look into him more and keep an eye out because of the threats he said, what if he blows up the school? Then people are going to say this could have been prevented and I would agree these kinds of signs are what you should look for when considering medicalizing someone not a five year old that’s really hyper.
Ryley Wyrwitzke's comment, March 4, 2014 10:50 AM
I agree with Shayla. After a relationship, it is normal to want to try and patch things up with the other person. Granted, 140-some phone calls in that amount if time is a bit excessive but some people react differently to relationships ending. What he did was not deviant at all, up until the threats he made to various locations (like her work) stirring up trouble. This made it turn from obsessed exboyfriend to stalking status.
Erin Madden's comment, March 11, 2014 1:17 PM
Good analysis. You all seem to agree that some contact after a relationship ends is "normal" and not deviant, but there is a line between norm-abiding" and "deviant" that this guy crossed!
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Nigerian man convicted of sodomy gets 20 lashes | Toronto Star

Nigerian man convicted of sodomy gets 20 lashes | Toronto Star | Sociology 2213-201 | Scoop.it
First conviction of a gay man in Nigeria since President Goodluck Jonathan signed bill that further criminalizes homosexuality.
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I thought this was intresting and a little bizarre that he would be punished for an act he did seven years ago. Its also crazy how the society of Nigeria reacts to homosexuality.

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Erin Madden's comment, January 21, 2014 1:23 PM
Why in the U.S. might we be shocked by Nigeria's treatment of its LGBT population? How have norms around homosexuality and transgender people changed in the U.S.? Also, in the past, how did places in the U.S. use forms of social control to deter people from being "sexual deviants"? Laws? Norms? Both? Do any of these forms of social control against LGBT people still exist today in the U.S.?
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White supremacist ID'd as gunman in deadly shootings at Jewish centers

White supremacist ID'd as gunman in deadly shootings at Jewish centers | Sociology 2213-201 | Scoop.it
One person reportedly has been killed in shootings at two Jewish-related sites in Kansas.
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Since this man has had such a strong background of racial discrimination, i think this had to have been a hate crime right followed by being a criminal act. 

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Fort Hood shooter was Iraq vet being treated for mental health issues

Fort Hood shooter was Iraq vet being treated for mental health issues | Sociology 2213-201 | Scoop.it
The man who opened fire at Fort Hood was a veteran who served in Iraq and was undergoing treatment for mental health issues and may have had PTSD.
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This is a very sad situation. Not only for the ex war vet who inducted the incident but also the innocent people who were hurt and killed. I think the ex war vet definitely had a pretty severe case of PTSD. I think that something triggered his actions between his last mental examination and the time of the shooting.

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New Va. policy that OKs transgender student-athletes raises skepticism | Al Jazeera America

New Va. policy that OKs transgender student-athletes raises skepticism | Al Jazeera America | Sociology 2213-201 | Scoop.it
Critics say policy prevents many transgender students from playing sports on the appropriate team.
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I think that this policy is odd mainly because I don't think there is a lot of transgender high school students to where this needed to even be addressed. I also agree with the article when it says that going through with a sex change surgery in high school is too early on in life to make that decision. I think the policy was made for the wrong age group, high school is too young for a student to be faced with a sex change surgery and maybe it could be intended for college students more. I don't think this new policy should be passed for high school student athletes, solely based on the reason that a sex change is a decision that a high school student is too young to make or follow through with.
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