October 24th, 2021


They Just Don't Quite 'Get It'

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published July 7, 2016

They Just Don't Quite 'Get It'

"Zero tolerance" claimed another victim, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in April, when Jaden Malone, 12, came to his bullied friend's aid, was knocked down himself and repeatedly punched in the head by the bully, and pushed the boy off of him to avoid further damage -- but was himself suspended for three days by his charter school Invest Collegiate. A school official pointed out that the bully got five days, and besides, the policy against "all" physical violence is very clear. (After having Jaden treated for a concussion, his mother promptly withdrew him from the school.) [WJZY-TV (Charlotte), 4-20-2016]

Ms. Madi Barney, 20, courageously publicly reported her own rape accusation recently in Provo, Utah, and as a result has been disciplined as a student at Brigham Young University for allegedly violating the school's "honor code." (She is barred from withdrawing from courses or re-registering.) Whether the sex was consensual must be investigated by Provo police, but BYU officials said they had heard enough to charge Barney with the no-no of premarital sex. (Critics decried the advantage BYU thus gives rapists of BYU females -- since the women face the additional fear of university reprisals irrespective of the criminal case.) [Washington Post, 4-20-2016]