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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

THIS is the Media we have, said in my best James Earl Jones voice

Fist Dap Give Em Hell

As they have repeatedly demonstrated, the mainstream media continues to push media driven racial stereotypes. Or as I like to say, Faking the Funk when the narrative doesn't fit the facts Sigh

The case of the 14 year old rape bait victim at Sparkman Middle School  has garnered national media attentionFinally!
CNN and Fox News both reported the story over the weekend, as did several other news outlets. CNN anchor John Berman did a segment about the case this morning on @THISHOUR, where he was joined by Wendy Murphy, a former prosecutor and adjunct professor at the New England School of Law. The law school cites Murphy as a nationally-recognized expert on child abuse and interpersonal violence. 
So naturally the first thing the nationally-recognized expert on child abuse and interpersonal violence does is liken this case to Ray Lewis and the NFL ScandalI kid you not.
Murphy likened the situation to the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse case, in which the league took little action against Rice until video footage of him punching his fiance unconscious in a hotel elevator surfaced months later. 
Call me crazy, but I don't see likeness.   In this case the school district still hasn't taken action. 
"A school board cannot avoid summary judgment as a matter of law when a school administrator willfully ignores a plan to use a 14-year-old special needs student as bait to catch a student with a known history of sexual and violent misconduct, and as a result, the student is sodomized," reads the federal brief filed in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals late today.
The U.S. Department of Justice argues administrators at Sparkman Middle School near Huntsville knew the boy was dangerous and showed "deliberate indifference."
 As a matter of fact, parts of this case were thrown out by a federal judge last year,  and  the powers that be still aren't convinced they have done anything wrong
Eric Artrip, a lawyer for the girl and her father, said a criminal investigation was conducted after the incident, but that prosecutors declined to file charges against the boy or the teacher involved. "With rape cases, sometimes there are problems associated with the evidence," Artrip said. "And there are issues involving her ability to articulate what happened to her."
Once the tapes were released to the media, by the media, for the media,  punishment for Ray Rice, and repercussions for the NFL ,were swift and sure.   The #SparkmanMiddle School rape bait sting gone bad occcured in January 2010, the lawsuit was filed in September 2010, U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Michael Putnam dismissed the lawsuit in July, 2013, and the Justice Department sided with the the girl, in September of 2014So where is the "likeness" Ms. Murphy?

Why is the public just now finding about about this case 4 years after the fact?  As noted in a previous post, The Principal involved in the case was almost elected superintendent of Madison County Schools.

Al.com Education reporter Crystal Bonvillian offers this...excuse (for lack of a better word).

 I was aware of the lawsuit during the election, but when I checked on the status and saw that it had been dismissed, I believed the entire thing had been dismissed. I did not realize that it was just the federal claims that had been thrown out. If I had known the case was still pending, it would most definitely have been covered then. 
And believe me when I say that I kicked myself harshly when I learned it was still active. 
Uh, even it had been dismissed, don't you think it was revelant information voters needed to know in order to make an informed decision about the candidates vying be the instructional leader for the Madison County School System Ms. Bonvillian?
Madison County superintendent candidates Ronnie Blair and Matt Massey sat down with AL.com on Monday to discuss the race leading up to the June 3 primary. The two men face incumbent Superintendent David Copeland, who, despite being given several choices of times and dates for the sit-down, declined to participate in the conversation. Copeland cited the end of the school year, including graduations and other events, as his reasons.
This is a classic example of the media telling us what they want us to know.... instead of what we need to know.

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