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School says transgender boy's rights trump girls' privacy in bathroom

School says transgender boy's rights trump girls' privacy in bathroom | Current Events |

It’s a liberal world gone mad at oneColorado high school, where the rights of one transgender student have trumped the rights of other students forced to share a bathroom.

The transgender student, a male who identifies himself as a female, has sexually harassed female students in the girl’s bathroom at Florence High School, Pacific Justice Institute reported.

Not only have parents’ complaints gone nowhere, but the female students have also been threatened with dismissal from athletic teams and hate crimes charges if the complaints don’t stop, according to the institute, a nonprofit religious-rights organization that was alerted by concerned parents.

BizPac Review obtained the institute’s letter, sent to the school reminding officials of their “legal obligations to protect the privacy and expressive rights of all students — not just a select few.”

Institute attorneys said parents contacted them after discovering the school’s “apparent disregard for the constitutional privacy rights of their minor children.”

According to the letter, after meeting with the girls complaining about sharing a bathroom with the transgender student, school officials suggested the girls “avoid using the girls’ locker room” and instead use another bathroom. However, the one suggested is “far from their classes” and is not open during the after-school sports in which they participate.”

The letter extensively detailed what it said was legal precedent upholding privacy and expressive rights, especially of minor students while at school.

The institute has given the school five days to respond in writing to the specific issues it stated in the letter:

[acknowledging] the significant privacy rights of FHS students to not be forced to share bathrooms and locker rooms with members of the opposite biological sex;

[offering] proposed accommodations that are reasonable and do not involve students foregoing access to locker rooms or most bathrooms as a condition of maintaing their privacy rights;

[affirming] the expressive rights of students to discuss matters of public concern, including all sides of current LGBT issues and the students’ own constitutional privacy rights;

[explaining] in detail any factual allegations that you consider to be disputed; and

[identifying] the process you are undertaking to better educate FHS staff of student constitutional rights.

Read the letter PJI sent to Florence High School officials here.

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A cool look into the politics of a Colorado high school. People trying to decide if gender confused people are allowed to share bathrroms-similar to the girl's locker room dilemma.

littlebytesnews's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:56 PM

They're going to have to make separate bathrooms for transgender or this is going to lead to bigger problems.

Heather Manley's curator insight, January 21, 2015 5:57 PM

This article is about Florence High School located in Colorado. A transgender student, who is a male that identifies as a female, has been granted access to the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms. Yet, many of the high school girls have reported being sexually harassed by the transgender student. The school told the girls to just use another bathroom, which the girls claim is too far away from their classes. Parents are upset because the school made it an effort to assist the transgender student with her needs but will not do anything for the girls involved in the harassments. I believe the school made an excellent decision by letting the transgender student use the girl facilities. However, this student is not using her privileges correctly and should not be allowed to use the girl facilities. At least the biological male has another facility to use where the girls do not. To avoid the transgender student from bullying and suicide, the school needs to educate the males about transgender people and the struggles they face. This is very similar to students with disabilities, as we have mentioned in class. LREs are very similar to this situation. If it is healthy for the student to attend classes with his or her peers to better his or her education and accommodate his or her need, then IDEA makes sure the student gets involved with other classmates. Same for the transgender student, if being with other females is better for her, than she should have access to the rooms other female students use. Yet, she is abusing her privileges and should not be allowed. We have also read two books to help students understand that students with disabilities can do similar tasks but may just do them a little differently. Although reading a book to high school students would not work, having guest speakers or maybe even a movie can shine a new light into their minds. 

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Federal Workers Go Back on the Job With No Payday in Sight

Federal Workers Go Back on the Job With No Payday in Sight | Current Events |
If the government had to shut down because federal employees can't work without being paid, how is it that agencies are calling them back?

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Violence Against Women in India

Violence Against Women in India | Current Events |
The men convicted of raping a student in Delhi shouldn’t get the death penalty. A push to make the country safe would be a far greater tribute to the student’s memory.

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Kim Vose's curator insight, September 10, 2013 4:59 PM

This op-ed is a great example of taking a seemingly age-old debate, and finding something new to say about it, rather than just rehashing the same old pro/con conversation.

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No escape from caste prejudice even in UK - The Times of India

No escape from caste prejudice even in UK - The Times of India | Current Events |
If you happen to be of Dalit origin, or from the so-called lower castes, migrating out of India may not help you escape discrimination. India’s infamous caste system has reared its ugly head in the United Kingdom.

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India: Pink Sari Revolution |

India: Pink Sari Revolution | | Current Events |

The women gracing the cover of “Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India,” by Amana Fontanella-Khan, aren’t trying to make a fashion statement with their matching pink attire. Look closely; you’ll see expressions of anger, if not rage, on their faces. And the laathis—long sticks made of cane—that many of them wield? They’re not for walking.


The women in the picture (above), and many more besides, constitute the Gulabi Gang, a grass-roots movement in Bundelkhand, a region in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The Gulabi Gang hounds Indian officialdom into securing the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women. They chose pink saris (the wraparound garment worn by Indian women of all socioeconomic classes) for the simple reason that most other colors represent political or religious groups. “We didn’t want people to mistake us for someone else,” explains Sampat Pal Devi, founder and leader of the Pink Gang (“Gulabi” is Hindi for “pink”).


“Pink Sari Revolution” revolves around Sampat, a headstrong woman in her early 50s whose crusade against injustice Fontanella-Khan treats with insight and empathy in this alternately rousing and sobering book—her first. The Pakistani-Irish author, who recently relocated to Belgium after living in India for several years, is understandably impressed with her subject, and highlights one Pink Gang achievement after another in the group’s quest to expose and shame Indian officials and police for their massive corruption and incessant violations of lower-caste people’s rights. Though legally abolished, the Hindu caste system in India remains a strong cultural and even political force. But Fontanella-Khan’s self-effacing approach sometimes makes the book a platform for Sampat, rather than an outside observer’s account of her struggle.


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Federal Government Shutdown Unlikely to Impact H-1B Users |

Federal Government Shutdown Unlikely to Impact H-1B Users | | Current Events |

As with other non-essential operations of the U.S. government, the Department of Labor (DOL) iCert system -- used to submit the Labor Conditional Applications (LCAs) required for H-1B petitions -- shut down as of Oct. 1. In addition, some courier services, such as FedEx, have been unable to deliver paper copies to the Labor Department, according to an Oct. 4 American Immigration Lawyers Association bulletin.


While the 2014 quota for H-1B visas was reached in early April, the LCA (which is designed to ensure that the wage offered to the non-immigrant worker meets or exceeds the prevailing wage for the position and must be certified by the DOL) is also required to extend H-1B work authorizations.


But the shutdown of iCert is not yet a big problem for IT service providers. "The current year's quota has long been exhausted and there are very few fresh applications this late in the year. The same goes for renewals as well," says Hansa Iyengar, analyst in the sourcing and vendor management practice at Forrester Research. "Basically, it's business as usual for Indian IT, and there is no cause for concern at this moment."


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Why Use Present Tense?

Why Use Present Tense? | Current Events |

Stylistically, the differences between past and present tense are pretty subtle—and both function well in their respective novels. Books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Across the Universe by Beth Revis and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson were all successful with their use of present tense while books like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin worked well with past tense. (Note: I haven’t fully read all of the books I mentioned, but I’ve at least read samples if not the whole thing, and found the voices to be particularly interesting).


So what’s the difference between the two? Why use one over the other?

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Good comparison of the benifits and losses of each writing tense.

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On verge of WWIII?CA city building doomsday bunkers

On verge of WWIII?CA city building doomsday bunkers | Current Events |
In the backyard of his remote Southern California home, Bernie Jones is etching an unconventional blueprint: a construction plan to build his underground survival shelter. It won't be the typical, cramped Cold War-era bunker.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 8, 2013 5:43 PM

Interesting, considering Obama is on the verge of starting WWIII we might all want to consider bunkers, or at least purchse gas masks and other items to prepare for the worst. I'm not a prepper but just sayin....




Assad loyalists "forming human shields" to protect from US strikes


 China, joins Russia, Has Warships “Observing” Close to Syria ;


The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria,


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Video:Terrorists Coming Thru Southern Border;Hezbollah training in Mexico! ;

and likely in the US already as sleeper cells, thanks to our porous borders that this threat from Iran could become a reality if Obama strikes Syria. 


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A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.

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On Fox News today with Neil Cavuto: Wayne Simmons frmr CIA op claims he has human evidence that the FSA is the secular/humanitarian group&the US shld help&bomb Syria air&palace...however that's contrary to other reports, including reports from victims of the attack.



video evidence shows Syrian rebels using the chemical weapons in Syria


UN Diplomat: Jihadists May Have Used Gas - Not Assad ;

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.


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President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country’s civil war, according to senior administration officials.

The timing of such an attack, which would probably last no more than two days and involve sea-launched cruise missiles — or, possibly, long-range bombers — striking military targets not directly related to Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, would be dependent on three factors: completion of an intelligence report assessing Syrian government culpability in last week’s alleged chemical attack; ongoing consultation with allies and Congress; and determination of a justification under international law.


Remember Bashar the Reformer?

American officials who for ego or because of animosity toward George W. Bush did their best to end Assad’s isolation. It’s always fun to read their statements reporting Assad’s willingness to solve mutual problems.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), who took time out to tour the markets to maximum benefit for Syrian state television.Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), more John Kerry, and even more John Kerry. That second story reminds how the Obama administration once went so far as to give Syria spare parts for its planes.The late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.), at the time still a Republican, might have acted as a tour guide: His trip with Nelson and Kerry was his 16th taxpayer-funded trip to Damascus, and it was not his last.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may not have gone herself, but she used her senate colleagues’ experience meeting Assad to justify her description of him as a reformer. “There’s a different leader in Syria now,” she told CBS’s Face the Nation, explaining, “Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.”Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) spent nearly $8,000 on two trips to Damascus, while Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) spent nearly twice that, according to Legistorm.Gen. David Petraeus repeatedly asked President George W. Bush for permission to go tête-à-tête with Assad in Damascus; let’s be glad Bush said no, both because it saved Petraeus the embarrassment and denied Assad a propaganda coup.

Perhaps in this age of budget-cutting, it would be useful to ask Pelosi, Kerry, and Nelson—all of whom still serve publicly—about what in hindsight they see as the value of their trips to Syria


 U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime' |

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Genetic study finds caste system in ancient India began about 2,000 years ago -

A large genetic study of hundreds of people in South Asia has allowed scientists to probe important transition points in the population’s history, pinpointing when two different groups of people mixed widely and then stopped.

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