In what is truly a terrifying ordeal an 8-year-old student brought a knife to a central Minnesota elementary school this morning and began to attack children at random in the halls.
Police Chief Perry Beise confirmed that the victims were 8, 9 and 13. And they all suffered superficial wounds which required stitches in the attack at Pleasantview Elementary in Sauk Rapids. Beise also told the AP that there was no reason for the attack where no one else was hurt.
Schook Superintendent Bruce Watkins confirmed that the boy lashed out at the other student around 7:15 a.m. this morning as students were arriving for class. The incident lasted around 5 minutes and was stopped when an adult in the vicinity intervened.
The Police were called to the scene and by the time the officers arrived, the boy was in an office with a counselor while the 3 injured boys were being treated by the school nurse.
The boy is said to be cooperating with investigators but it’s not yet known why he did this or if the boy had been bullied or suffered from mental health issues.
In an email to parents, school officials said that the parents of the three injured students chose to take their children home or to get additional medical attention on their own.
According to the school’s website, Sauk Rapids is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. Pleasantview has 720 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
All this comes as the whole nation is still reeling from the mass shooting at Parkland Florida where 17 people were murdered by a man who suffers from severe mental issue and the authorities failed to act on that after being called to his residence over 39 times in 7 years, Once even by the would-be shooter saying he was afraid he would do something awful.
Here is more information on the Parkland Shooting via Florida Today:
PARKLAND – No one knows yet what demons were in the head of Nikolas Cruz when he got into a car he had arranged through Uber.
It was just after 2 p.m., a warm and sunny day, the kind of February weather that draws people to Florida from all over the world. Just one hour and forty minutes later, an alert police officer would pick up Cruz as he walked down a street after killing 17 people.
This is how that happened:
Cruz told the Uber driver to take him to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, about 10 to 15 minutes southwest of the home where was living.
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The route to the high school from the home consists of two-lane roads that go past gated, residential neighborhoods, the Riverglades Elementary School on Parkside Drive and then right on what is the first of two roundabouts.
If Cruz was looking out the window during the drive, he might have noticed an equestrian center and dog park to his right before coming to an intersection where Parkland City Hall is located on North University Drive.
From there, the driver would have merged onto the Sawgrass Expressway heading south. Just a couple minutes later, Cruz would be able to gaze down upon Stoneman Douglas to his right. He could view the high school parking lot, tennis courts and a practice field before the Uber driver exited onto Coral Ridge Road and drove past a Walmart Super Center, which sits directly behind Stoneman Douglas.
At 2:19 p.m., the gold compact car let Cruz out at the school.
Since classes were set to end soon, the gates to the parking lots of the sprawling campus of more than 3,000 students were open to allow buses and cars to enter.
Normally, a visitor would need to go through the school’s main entrance on Coral Springs Drive. But the school also had a massive parking lot to the north side of the campus with an entrance from Holmberg Road, far from the main entrance.
It is not clear exactly where Cruz got out of the car. But the short, skinny teenager emerged from the car wearing dark jeans, a burgundy Stoneman Douglas polo shirt and black hat.
According to arrest records, he had a black backpack and carried a black duffel bag, the kind of gear common to students hauling around school books and athletic gear.
But his duffel bag held an AR-15-style rifle, not baseball bats or soccer balls. The backpack was loaded down with a vest with additional magazines for the weapon, a semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle used by the U.S. military.
Faculty and staff knew Cruz’ history of disciplinary problems, and they had been warned to be on the lookout for him. One staff member did see Cruz walking “purposely” toward a three-story building used mostly for freshmen classes that abutted the parking lot and radioed a co-worker to tell him what Cruz was doing.
Within two minutes of Cruz emerging from the car, the shooting started.
Cruz had entered the “1200 building,” used mostly for freshman classes, from its east stairwell near the school’s auditorium, according to law enforcement.
A 15-year-old student told an NBC news affiliate in Miami that he encountered Cruz loading a rifle inside the stairwell. “You’d better get out of here,” Cruz told the student. “Things are going to start getting messy.” The student fled and alerted Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach who also served as a security guard at the school.
Feis was among the 17 people killed, reportedly while shielding three girls from gunfire.
Cruz pulled a fire alarm and students across the campus began heading for the exits.
Then he began firing on people he saw in the hallways.
Cruz also began shooting into rooms 1215, 1216 and 1214, just steps from the stairwell on the building’s first floor, according to arrest records. He then went back and fired into 1216 and 1215 again and then into room 1213. It is unclear how many people were killed or wounded in each room or in the hallways.
He passed by seven other classrooms on the first floor without firing into them.
Hearing the shots, a school staffer issued a “code red” and the school went into lockdown. Some teachers and students began sheltering in classrooms and locking doors while other students begin to flee.
One student, Kelsey Friend, said geography teacher Scott Beigel unlocked his classroom door to allow her and other students in, but was killed when he attempted to lock the students in.
“He will forever be my hero. I will never forget the actions that he took for me and fellow students in the classroom,” a teary Friend told CNN. “I’m alive today because of him.”
On the building’s second floor, Leonnardo Oliveira was in math class and heard the gunfire below, according to the Naples Daily News.
His teacher told Oliveira and his classmates that they needed to lock the door, turn off the lights and huddle in a corner.
Cruz then walked up the staircase at the building’s west end to the second floor where he shot into room 1234, where police say at least one person died. This time, he passed by 10 other classrooms without firing into them.
The locked door likely saved Oliveira’s life.
“He actually tried to open my door,” said Oliveira, 15. “But my door, thank God, it was locked.”
By 2:25, the shooting stopped, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s office. Law enforcement officers say Cruz fired at least 100 shots.
Cruz then made a decision on how to escape the scene. He went back to the stairwell on the building’s east side and climbed to the third floor. There, he abandoned the rifle and the vest with the magazines and ran down the stairs and out of building and joined students fleeing the scene.
Like many of the students, Cruz headed to a nearby Walmart.
He blended in with students heading about a quarter-mile west along Holmberg Road, mostly likely taking what appears to be a well-used, after-school short cut to the Walmart littered with things like a Go Go Squeeze Apple-Cranberry container and an empty Capri Sun Lemonade juice pouch with red straw.
He joined students and walked to the Subway restaurant inside the Walmart. The Subway is tucked off to the left side of the retailer, next to rows of self-checkout aisles and a Regal Nails Salon and Spa.
He ordered a drink.
Meanwhile, back at the school, law enforcement officers were frantically trying to locate the shooter, not knowing that he had already slipped away.
About half an hour after the shooting started, officers broke the window and opened the door to Oliveira’s classroom.
Officers told them to lift their hands and checked all the students, Oliveira said.
On their way out of the school, Oliveira saw the bodies. Among them, his football coach, Feis.
“I talked to him every single day,” Oliveira said. “Now I cannot talk to him because he’s dead.”
Other students were using social media to tell what was happening inside the school.
“My school is being shot up and I am locked inside,” one student posted on Twitter. “I’m f—ing scared right now.”
Others shared videos of terrified students hiding under desks as shots echoed throughout the building. One particularly horrifying video showed police escorting crying students out of a first-floor classroom past bloody bodies both in the classroom and the hall.
“Oh my God!” one sobbing student cried as she left the building.
After getting his drink from Subway, Cruz left the Walmart and began heading northeast on Coral Springs Drive, a perpetually busy commercial strip with numerous retailers. He made the five- to 10-minute walk, which goes under the Sawgrass Expressway, to a McDonald’s in the Shoppes of Heron Lakes.
Cruz stayed at the McDonald’s until 3 p.m., authorities said, and then walked out, passed a Citizens Bank Branch and CVS drug store, and went west on Wyndham Lakes Boulevard South. He walked along the winding sidewalk that borders the numerous gated communities with tonier, large Mediterranean-style homes with rust-colored, tile roofs.
19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is described by his classmates and investigators as a troubled teen with a history of “disturbing” posts on social media. Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in Wednesday’s Florida high school shooting.
He also passed Eagle Ridge Elementary School.
By then, authorities had alerted nearby schools, and the community at large, of an active shooter in the vicinity. The FBI, more police and more emergency personnel arrived at Stoneman Douglas.
Cruz walked maybe about another 1.2 miles west on Wyndham Lakes Boulevard when a police officer saw him at 3:40 p.m., an hour and 15 minutes from when the shootings occurred at Stoneman Douglas.
Coral Springs Police Officer Michael Leonard, cruising the neighborhood, found Cruz walking along a quiet street. Leonard said he stopped Cruz, who surrendered without incident.
Cruz said he was having breathing problems and was taken to the Broward Health North Hospital, where many of the victims were also taken.
After his release from the hospital, he was taken to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
The next morning, Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premediated murder.”
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Dem Candidate Pushing ‘Irresponsible Breeder’ Tax On Certain Parents Because Of ‘Privilege’
Scott Wallace is a multimillionaire running in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District against current incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-R). Considered an elite, even amongst the wealthy, he boasts a net worth of between $127 million and $309 million, according to his financial disclosure statement. This would make him the third-richest member of Congress if he were elected to the House today.
From a hardline leftist pedigree, his grandfather was Henry Wallace, the “New Deal visionary” and one-time vice president under former President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His wealth is inherited, stemming from a seed company his grandfather founded that was purchased by DuPont for $10 billion in the 1990s, along with a large number of stocks with the largest being DowDuPont.
His campaign is largely self funded with Wallace claiming he is “putting a significant amount of my own assets into this because this is the most important thing I can imagine doing for America at this point in my life — this is a very expensive district to run in, but it is crucial in the Democrats’ efforts to retake the House.”
But just why this is so incredibly important to Wallace goes beyond the typical party lines of Republican and Democrat. Receiving endorsements from both Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women (NOW), Wallace is a population control zealot who believes families who choose to have more than two children are “irresponsible breeders” and should be taxed. Wallace has donated nearly $7 million dollars to various population control groups over the past 20 years, with the majority going through his own Wallace Global Fund. In addition to its efforts towards population control, the foundation has also reportedly donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-Israel groups that support a boycott of the Jewish State.
Fox News reports:
“Zero Population Growth (ZPG) was among the organizations that received the money from the fund. According to public records, it received $420,000 between 1997 and 2003.
The group, shortly after being founded in 1968, released a brochure advocating abortion to stabilize population growth and claimed that “no responsible family should have more than two children.” To deal with larger families, it also called for families to be “taxed to the hilt” for “irresponsible breeding.”
It also blamed the overpopulation on the ‘white middle-class’ that ‘use up more than their share of resources and do more than their share of polluting‘ and urged them to ‘voluntarily limit their families to two children.’
Paul Ehrlich, who co-founded the ZPG, once called abortion “a highly effective weapon in the armory of population control.” The goal of the organization, which changed its name to Population Connection in 2002, has remained the same since its inception, arguing that the world needs to contain population growth with particular emphasis on American families.
The organization’s political arm, Population Connection Action Fund, publicly endorsed Wallace for Congress, saying his support for their cause is “exactly the kind of dedication we need in Congress.”
Wallace’s fund also gave $20,000 in 2010 to the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), a group that sees the economic growth as undesirable and instead supports an economy with ‘stable or mildly fluctuating levels’ and a society where birth rates equal death rates.
The organization openly supports zero population growth and its executive board member, Herman Daly, advocated issuing reproduction licenses, allowing women to have only two children unless they buy the license for more children from other women. Daly called it the ‘best plan yet offered’ to limit population growth.”
The group advocates strongly for abortion and along with taxing families “to the hilt” for having more than two children, as noted in a Yale Law School publication about the “voices that shaped the abortion debate before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court’s ruling.”
The group advocates that –
- That no responsible family should have more than two children. Any family wanting to care for more than two children should adopt further children. Adopting children does not increase the population.
- All methods of birth control, including legalized abortion, should be freely available—and at no cost in poverty cases.
- Irresponsible people who have more than two children should be taxed to the hilt for the privilege of irresponsible breeding.
Fox News continued:
Zoe Wilson-Meyer, communications director for Wallace’s campaign, didn’t answer Fox News’ questions on whether Wallace still supports the ideas expressed by the groups.
“The Wallace Global Fund has for decades been a leader in helping women gain access to family planning. Former Co-Chair Scott Wallace is proud of the work of grantees like Planned Parenthood in empowering women and protecting reproductive rights and will stand up for Pennsylvania women,” she said in an email.
“In Washington, Brian Fitzpatrick voted to defund Planned Parenthood and supports Donald Trump’s effort to take away a woman’s right to choose,” she added.
Largely reminiscent of Nazi Germany who exercised eugenics to its full and most horrific potential, this policy of so-called “irresponsible breeders” also resembles the one-child policy from China that saw forced abortions or other forced invasive birth control procedures. Yet eugenics practices had their roots in America as well. American newspapers frequently offered praise for eugenics just prior to WWII and The Holocaust …. that is until Adolf Hitler revealed the true horrors of what eugenics really looked like. They avoided the subject for decades thereafter.
Nine out of ten eugenicists in the 20th Century were also Progressives or Socialists, and the most central component to the eugenic creed is the desire to engineer and centrally plan human reproduction, weeding out the unwanted or undesirable, according to a report on eugenics by PBS.
Yet where does that end? Who determines who is undesirable? Is it the unborn child conceived at an inconvenient time? The elderly mother? The child with cerebral palsy? Those with PTSD? Autism? Blue eyes? White skin? You cannot get to genocide without first visiting identity politics and they say the propagandist’s job is to effectively make the people forget his “enemy” is, in fact, a human being just as he is. It seems we never really do learn from history, do we?
Trump Issued Major Warning: ‘We Will Look Into Discriminatory and Illegal Practice’ – It’s On!
Huge problems and everyone needs to know!
President Donald Trump voiced his concerns over “discriminatory and illegal practice” when he posted about the alleged controversy going on with Republicans being censored on Twitter. The tactic is sometimes referred to as “shadow banning” and it seems to be a strategy that social media platforms use to limit the visibility of some people. For example, ever wonder why someone who is genuinely popular might have tons of followers but their posts don’t seem to get many responses? It could be one of several reasons. Either they have fake followers, the post is no good, or they are being censored. In many cases, it’s a form of censorship that’s the obvious result. When a social media user goes from getting a lot of replies and views on their posts, then all of a sudden there’s very little replies and it seems like no one has seen the post – then they were hit with that form of censorship or suppression.
Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have been called out for suppressing the content of certain Republican voices or those who support President Donald Trump. Well-known stars like Diamond and Silk have made it very public that they feel targeted for the views and opinions on their pages. That’s just the tip of the iceberg because the problem spans from targeting well-known mainstream people all the way down to the independent publishers. Censorship like this is affecting people’s careers and causing an unbalanced platform in which people with certain views are being limited. It might not be listed as a “ban” but it’s certainly limiting the viewership of certain people. The content that would once appear in people’s feed or timeline now requires a fine-tooth comb to find and it seems like people are realizing this more often and being upset with it.
Trump spoke about it on Twitter and Vice News completed a report on it.
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
Vice News reported: “Twitter is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results — a technique known as “shadow banning” — in what it says is a side effect of its attempts to improve the quality of discourse on the platform.
The Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter, VICE News has learned. It’s a shift that diminishes their reach on the platform — and it’s the same one being deployed against prominent racists to limit their visibility. The profiles continue to appear when conducting a full search, but not in the more convenient and visible drop-down bar. (The accounts appear to also populate if you already follow the person.)
Democrats are not being “shadow banned” in the same way, according to a VICE News review. McDaniel’s counterpart, Democratic Party chair Tom Perez, and liberal members of Congress — including Reps. Maxine Waters, Joe Kennedy III, Keith Ellison, and Mark Pocan — all continue to appear in drop-down search results. Not a single member of the 78-person Progressive Caucus faces the same situation in Twitter’s search.
“The notion that social media companies would suppress certain political points of view should concern every American,” McDaniel told VICE News in a statement. “Twitter owes the public answers to what’s really going on.”
Presented with screenshots of the searches, a Twitter spokesperson told VICE News: “We are aware that some accounts are not automatically populating in our search box and shipping a change to address this.” Asked why only conservative Republicans appear to be affected and not liberal Democrats, the spokesperson wrote: “I’d emphasize that our technology is based on account *behavior* not the content of Tweets.”
Twitter directed VICE News to a May 15 blog post that explained the company’s new approach to combating “troll-like behaviors.” After making changes to its platform, the company said that “[t]he result is that people contributing to the healthy conversation will be more visible in conversations and search.”
Twitter did not respond to a follow-up question.
Twitter’s troll hunt, however, has ensnared some of the most prominent Republicans in the country. Type in the names of McDaniel, conservative members of Congress like Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, and Matt Gaetz, and Trump Jr.’s spokesman Andrew Surabian, for example, and Twitter’s drop-down search bar does not show their profiles. The search menu also does not display the verified profile of Rep. Devin Nunes of California, only his unverified one that he seldom uses to post.
That limits their visibility and the ease of finding their profiles compared to their liberal counterparts.
UPDATE: July 26, 10:00 AM: Twitter appears to have adjusted its platform overnight to no longer limit the visibility of some prominent Republicans in its search results.”
At what point do social media platforms give the control back to the people? Users should not have to worry about their views being censored by the machine.
Censoring any content that is not illegal should not be tolerated by the users.
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