I want you to open your eye’s now and see the true you it’s time to gather one another and remember who you are what you are and why you are
I want you to open your eye’s now and see the true you it’s time to gather one another and remember who you are what you are and why you are
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Police handcuffed multiple students, ages 6 to 11, at a public elementary school in Murfreesboro on Friday, inspiring public outcry and adding fuel to already heightened tensions between law enforcement and communities of color nationwide.
The arrests at Hobgood Elementary School occurred after the students were accused of not stopping a fight that happened several days earlier off campus. A juvenile center later released the students, but local community members now call for action — police review of the incident and community conversation — and social justice experts across the country use words such as “startling” and “flabbergasted” in response to actions in the case.
Parents and community members sharply criticized the arrests of the students at a church meeting Sunday. The Murfreesboro police chief on Sunday cited the incident as a learning experience, a chance to “make things better so they don’t happen again.” The city manager said Sunday: “If something needs to be corrected, it will be.”
It remains unclear exactly how many children were arrested. State law prohibits the release of juvenile law enforcement records, and police have denied a media request for the information. Murfreesboro police didn’t say what state law the kids violated, but parents of several of the arrested children say the kids were charged with “criminal responsibility for conduct of another,” which according to Tennessee criminal offense code includes incidents when a “person fails to make a reasonable effort to prevent” an offense.
At least five of the 10 children reportedly involved are black. The race of the arresting officers is unknown. Police officials have said they plan to complete a review of the arrest incident within the next 15 days.
At a time of heightened tension in the country between police and the residents of the neighborhoods they protect — particularly minority communities — the incident raises concerns regarding several national issues, including the over-disciplining of kids of color, the criminalization of childhood behaviors and the growing mistrust some residents have with law enforcement.
“It’s unimaginable, unfathomable that authority figures would … do something that has such implications,” said Bishop Joseph Walker III, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville. “When we, as a community, are telling our kids don’t get involved in violence and don’t get in harm’s way, (arresting them for not intervening) is the most amazing paradox of our society — and it is devastating to us.”
Children, by definition, are immature, said Stephanie Bohon, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the founder of the school’s Center for the Study of Social Justice. It’s appropriate to ground them or give them detention, she said, but “when you deal with that kind of behavior by handcuffing children and running them through the legal system, the first thing they learn is the police are there to punish them, and they are not there to help them.”
Children should be held to a different standard when it comes to accountability, Walker said.
“They don’t have the maturity to understand certain situations,” like when to intervene, he said. And to be arrested for not taking action, “They will be forever scarred because of that.”
More than 150 people, almost entirely African-American, gathered at First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro on Sunday afternoon to discuss the incident. One attendee asked why the charges against the children could not be dismissed.
In addition to angry parents and supporters, Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr and City Manager Rob Lyons were in the crowd. Christopher Williams, the school safety and education officer at Hobgood on the day of the incident, said that the Hobgood administration and office staff “handled the situation as wonderfully and as good as they could have.”
A video was taken of the incident, and officers later obtained arrest warrants for students who did not break up the disturbance, said the Rev. James McCarroll, pastor of First Baptist Church. Information about who took the video and how the police obtained it is not clear.
Such arrests, experts say, can damage a decades-old movement by many police forces working to build trust in their districts using community policing.
Fundamentally, community policing is a proactive partnership with citizens to address public safety issues that induce crime, fear and social disorder. It involves police transparency and collective problem-solving where police engage with residents outside of typical law enforcement interactions to address worrisome conditions.
When it works well, the practice helps community members assist police in controlling crime in their neighborhoods. Residents feel valued and validated, and they are invested in the actions and outcomes, rather than feeling that officers only enforce laws with aggressive actions, such as bullying, handcuffs, guns and abuse.
But, with headlines dominated by incidents such as the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., relationships between police and the residents of the neighborhoods they protect — particularly minority communities — have become strained.
Nationally, the number of cases where students have been arrested for incidents on campus are plentiful.
One such case in Baltimore parallels the one in Murfreesboro, where four students younger than 10 were arrested at school for an incident that occurred off campus.
In the 2012 case, Baltimore city police charged four elementary school students with aggravated assault after a fight and were arrested on the Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School campus, according to WBAL-TV.
The American Civil Liberties Union said they were outraged by actions of the officers involved, according to reports. The police department, however, defended their actions saying when there is an arrest that it’s their policy to arrest the individual, regardless of the age, according to Baltimore’s WJZ TV.
In Tennessee, police departments set their own policies and procedures for detaining a student, according to Maggi Duncan, executive director of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.
The number of incidents involving young children arrested doesn’t raise eyebrows among societal experts.
“Unfortunately, I am not surprised,” said Victor Rios, professor of sociology at University of California Santa Barbara. Rios is author of the book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press, 2011) and analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth.
Nationally, Rios said, experts see the collapse of school-based discipline, with educational systems relying more on criminal justice-based punishment where a teacher may call or text a school resource officer for a fistfight or even a spitball flung across the room. In the 1970s, less than 30 percent of high schools across the country had school resource officers, but today 70 percent of schools do, Rios said.
And students often get mixed messages. They are taught to be active bystanders, but then are punished when they don’t step in.
“It’s counterproductive,” Rios said. “It’s teaching them the reverse. You can’t teach people to be peacemakers by violating their own peace, threatening them and making them feel terrified.
“It’s time this behavior towards children and young people stop.”
Walker agrees: “Yes, this is righteous anger,” Walker said. “They are looking for solutions. Looking for accountability.
“Those of us who continue to work tirelessly at bringing the community together to deal with these difficult issues feel a tremendous blow has come to the work we attempted to do.”
So what comes next?
Children should be exposed to what Rios calls restorative justice. Instead of calling police, kids who are caught engaging in or watching a fight and not stopping it should be approached by a facilitator — something known in the business world as conflict resolution and in the therapy world as group therapy. Kids should be asked what happened and then help them learn the lesson: “Hey, you didn’t stop that fight,” Rios said. “Let’s talk about that. What can you do to improve?”
And in the community, what can be done to improve there?
“Really, it takes leadership,” said Gary Howard, an educator with more than 40 years of experience working with issues of civil rights, social justice and diversity, including 28 years as the founder of the REACH Center for Multicultural Education in Seattle.
Leadership, he said, from police, the black community, the white community, public officers and officials.
“Rather than it being a race-based contentious issue, we as a community have to learn from and with each other so we can not just heal this situation but the larger issues that this situation touches.
“The worst thing to do is blame and denial. Trying to blame kids, police, anybody.”
Being proactive together, he said, could be a catalyst for conversation and a catalyst for growth within the community. A coalition of concern.
Contributing: Jason Gonzales and Brian Wilson
if I forgive you for what you have done it dos not mean that I accept what you did or your behavior it dos not mean that I trust you .it just means that I am not so weak that I would be so Arrogant and hold it over your head. it just that I am strong enough to show you Kindness and move on with life do not take my kindness to you for a weakness. for the time will come that my strength will fell and only god will forgive you
Microsoft today made good on a nearly three-year-old promise, unlocking the ability for all retail Xbox One consoles to become development kits free of charge.
Xbox Dev Mode is available starting today as a preview and will be finalized as a full release this summer. The mode will allow anyone to build, test and experiment with Universal Windows Program (UWP) development. Converting a console to Dev Mode requires no special equipment or fees, though to fully access the abilities, a user will need to create a Dev Center account for $19.
“Now the Xbox isn’t just for playing, but also for creating awesome content,” said Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox. “We’re excited to open the Xbox One to everyone so anyone can get started developing.”
In a short demonstration over Skype earlier this week, showed how easy it is to switch a retail Xbox One into one that can be used for testing UWP apps and games.
First, a user has to download the Dev Mode activation app from the Xbox Games Store. Launching the app kicks off a welcome screen and a link to documentation that details what to expect when you switch over from retail to a dev kit, as well as the requirements.
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They say on this list are the seven deadliest sins
“Greed , Gluttony , Envy, Slouth, Wrath, Lust, Pride “
Greed this is a selfish act one that will cause you to allow your fellow human to suffer, struggle and go without it will isolate you and cause you to hate for no reason and thinking that everyone is out to get you.
Gluttony this is what you suffer from when you have a greedy lifestyle this will do harm to oneself and is no good for that person’s health or sole when you overindulge in anything you place your self and others at risk .
Envy is an ugly spirit that will come upon all mankind at some time and point this is when wisdom comes to mind what your family should teach you as you grow that you can have whatever you desire. if you work for it and to never want what another person has, you can have your own and better. so to have your own is what you want, and not the same as someone else because to have something the same as is not your own you now have what they have and that is Envy
Slouth now this has to do with you being slow to help respond assist to take care of someone or something that need your attention that can save a life or more
Wrath now we have all fallen prey to this one cause it falls under the act of being quick to judge and condemn someone or something when we do not understand it or what caused it
Lust ok now this one bad because it is the root of desire greed gluttony envy wrath and yes pride .you want something so bad that you will lie,still, kill, take, robb and die for. I hate to go this way on you but if you are going to lust after something . have a lust for God
Pride now this is when you think you are the end all and the to be all you feel that you have it all and no one matters but you again you will isolate your self and think every one else is wrong because you are one to be like and you do not need them.
fight waste, fraud, abuse, and identity theft especially in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Unfortunately, since identity theft and fraudulent transactions are growing challenges for the agency and our district, I want to share with you some additional information about phishing to ensure that you do not become a victim of identity theft.
First and foremost, never give out information like your Social Security number, birth date, or passwords over the phone. It is important to remember that the IRS never contacts taxpayers by phone, email, text message, or social media. In fact, the IRS always sends postal mail, on official letterhead, to your mailing address. This includes all questions about your taxes. Most banks and credit card companies have similar procedures in place.
Please keep a cautious eye out for phishing and scams. Phishing is a common tool identity thieves use to steal your private information. They can do this on the Internet or over the phone:
Please report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function to firstname.lastname@example.org. Recent scams have used the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to attract potential victims. Also, if you’ve experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to theTreasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.