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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 4:13 PM
NASHBILLE, Tenn. — A teacher at the New Vision Academy Charter School in Nashville, Tennessee, was suspended Wednesday after a video circulating on social media of someone removing a student’s religious head scarf was traced back to the educator.
According to WSMV, the footage was reportedly posted from the teacher’s Snapchat account with the caption “pretty hair.”
WSMV obtained the video from a concerned viewer, and a reporter went to New Vision Academy Charter School to speak with school Principal Tim Malone, who said the teacher originally told him “exposing the girl’s hair was not done out of disrespect” but denied posting the video.
In the video, the student wearing the hijab is shown hiding her face as someone removed the scarf and exposed her hair to the classroom. Multiple students are also seen playing with the girl’s hair as she tries to readjust it. Someone told her “her hair was too pretty to be covered,” the viewer told WSMV.
A second video, reportedly from the same account, was captioned,“lol all that hair covered up.”
“This should never happen,” the student’s mother and sister said.
In a statement Wednesday, Malone wrote that the teacher was suspended without pay.
“New Vision Academy is a diverse school. As a school community, we pride ourselves on embracing and celebrating our racial, ethnic, religious and economic diversity. Our students learn, and grow, best when they learn from one another. To foster this environment, all students must feel respected and supported.
“The actions depicted in the Snapchat video do not reflect the values, culture or climate of New Vision Academy. New Vision Academy will continue to emphasize that all staff members act in a way meant to empower and inspire our students. New Vision will use this video as an opportunity to press forward with increasing cultural sensitivity and awareness among all members of the New Vision community. “The staff member in question has been suspended, without pay, and we have had direct discussions with the students depicted in the Snapchat. New Vision Academy apologizes for this unfortunate incident, and will be better in the future.
Women who wear the Muslim headscarf in America have often faced verbal insults, threats and, sometimes, physical intimidation.
In April, at a mall in Atlanta, a man ripped the headscarf off a Muslim girl as he yelled “terrorist.”
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a Muslim woman said she was robbed by a man who demanded she take off her hijab, threw her on the floor and then beat her “like an animal.”
Last year, a Muslim teacher in was told to “hang yourself” with her headscarf.
Kasar Abdulla, the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at the Valor Collegiate Academies in Nashville, Tennessee, told WSMV that the faculty in the school need to understand why the hijab is important to some students. Abdulla offers Muslim diversity and sensitivity training to local schools.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:35 AM
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Katie Arrington, a Republican congressional candidate in South Carolina is in the hospital with serious injuries after she was involved in a deadly wrong-way car crash Friday night.
Arrington was traveling in the passenger seat with a friend, when another driver traveling in the wrong direction hit their car, WSOC reports.
The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene, according to Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio. The driver of Arrington’s car, her friend Jacqueline Goff, also sustained serious injuries.
Arrington and Goff were driving to Hilton Head, where Arrington was scheduled to receive an award Saturday morning, her campaign posted on Twitter.
Arrington has suffered a fracture to her back, broken ribs and a partial collapse of a main artery in her leg.
She will have undergo surgery and will require more procedures and weeks of recovery, CNN reports.
Arrington is alert and recovering at the Medical University of South Carolina and her family is by her side.
President Donald Trump expressed his sympathies to Arrington via Twitter.
My thoughts and prayers are with Representative Katie Arrington of South Carolina, including all of those involved in last nights car accident, and their families. https://t.co/rWYt2VBjxc— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2018
Arrington defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid last week.
Sanford also expressed his well-wishes to Arrington on Twitter.
Our thoughts and prayers this morning go to Katie Arrington, her family and those involved in last night’s automobile accident. https://t.co/sV4E90CIj8— Mark Sanford (@RepSanfordSC) June 23, 2018
Arrington’s Democratic opponent, Joe Cunningham, announced Saturday morning that he's suspending his campaign out of respect for Arrington's recovery.
We are suspending all campaign activities until further notice. https://t.co/yigZupPoLz— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCunninghamSC) June 23, 2018
And it is from her strong faith, the support of her family, the prayers and support of our community, and the incredible doctors and staff at the hospital that she is certain she will be back to work for our state soon.— Rep. Katie Arrington (@karringtonsc) June 23, 2018
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:02 AM
CLAY CO., Fla. — A soldier who disappeared from a National Guard base in Florida has been found dead in a wooded area of Camp Blanding, WHBQ reports.
Specialist Cayln McLemore’s death is now considered an “undetermined death investigation,” officials said.
McLemore’s sister and cousin told WHBQ they think authorities are keeping information from them.
“They smiled in our faces and didn't even tell us he was dead,” his sister, Cura McLemore, said.
McLemore was participating in a land navigation assignment on Wednesday. It was a military training class of the Basic Leader Course at Camp Blanding's 211th Regiment Regional Training Institute.
He was last seen around 11 a.m. and did not return, authorities said.
Canines, mounted patrol and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, helped Clay County Sheriff's Office search for McLemore.
Some of McLemore's equipment -- water, food, paperwork and a tool to navigate -- was located by search teams.
Cura McLemore told WHBQ that authorities told the family that he had died -- but not how.
“I want my brother back with me,” Cura McLemore said. “That's my best friend. The only friend I have.”
Shannon Mayes, McLemore’s cousin, said something isn’t sitting right with her, after they found out McLemore had a cell phone on him.
“Why he didn’t use that cell phone?” she said.
The family told WHBQ they suspect something is being covered up, because they cannot figure out why he wouldn’t make any calls if he knew he was in danger.
“How can a cell phone go dead?” Mayes said. “You would have made a call when you feel like something is wrong.”
Nothing has indicated anything suspicious about McClure’s disappearance or that he's AWOL, authorities said.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:56 PM
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — At first glance, a Facebook post from the Gwinnett County sheriff’s office in Georgia seems normal.
“Our deputies are looking for 40-year-old Michael Glenn Hovis, who's wanted by police for probation violation,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.
Around the third sentence, things take a turn, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“We're certain that his children will appreciate any information you can provide to help us find him since they want to eat and keep a roof over their heads,” officials said.
According to the sheriff’s office, Hovis owes more than $30,000 in child support, too.
After asking those with information about Hovis’ whereabouts to call the sheriff’s office, authorities address him directly.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
TACOMA, Wash. — A suspect was arrested Wednesday in the 1986 child murder case of Michella Welch.
Gary Charles Hartman, 66, was booked into the Pierce County Jail. He's expected to have a bail hearing Thursday, and KIRO 7 will be there.
Welch was 12 years old when she disappeared after she and her younger sisters visited Tacoma’s Puget Park on March 26, 1986.
Her body was found in a gulch after police conducted a search.
In 2016, using technology called DNA phenotyping, Tacoma police and the Virginia-based company Parabon Nanolabs produced computer-generated composites using evidence found after the murders of Welch and 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian.
Welch was found in Tacoma's Puget Park in March 1986, Bastian five months later in Point Defiance Park. Both had been raped and murdered.
At first, police thought both murders were the work of the same man, until 2013, when a re-examination of evidence proved there were actually two different killers.
Earlier this year, Jennifer Bastian's suspected killer was also arrested.
That suspect was detained out of state and taken to Washington for prosecution. Officials with the Illinois State Police said they helped apprehend the suspect in Bastian's killing, identified as Robert Washburn.
In court documents, Pierce County prosecuting attorney Jared Ausserer said Washburn first became a suspect when he called police in May of 1986 about a composite sketch released of a suspect in the murder of Welch.
Washburn called police after the suspect sketch was released, saying he saw a similar-looking man while jogging in Point Defiance Park.
He told police he jogged in the park as often as twice a day, Ausserer said.
In 1986, a special task force was formed to investigate the murders of Welch and Bastian.