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Atlanta teacher orders 7th-grader to change 'Fake News Network' shirt before touring CNN

The Washingon Times

A Georgia county commissioner and her school board member husband are crying foul after their seventh-grade son was ordered to change out of his “FNN - Fake News Network” T-shirt before going on a school field trip to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters. Jaxon Jester, a student at Peachtree Charter Middle School who is the son of DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester and DeKalb County Schools board member Stan Jester, reportedly complied with his teacher’s request to change out of the shirt before touring the CNN studios, but his parents say his First Amendment rights were violated. “This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip,” the boy’s father wrote in a blog post. “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request. He picked out the shirt he wanted and and ordered it from Amazon. His mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that. He was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt. “We received a phone call from the principal at the middle school this morning informing us that he was forced to change his shirt,” he wrote. “I’m disappointed by the hypocrisy of this decision.” Mr. Jester c…

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Duane Lewis, sheriff: Deputy did 'nothing wrong' asking student to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

The Washingon Times

A South Carolina sheriff is standing by his deputy who angered parents earlier this month when he asked a middle school student to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said Wednesday that he is “actively investigating” the Nov. 3 incident at Cane Bay Middle School in Summerville, but doesn’t believe the deputy, a fill-in school resource officer, overstepped his authority in asking a student to stand for the pledge, local CBS affiliate WCSC reported. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking the kid to stand up wh…

Leeann Tweeden, radio host, says Al Franken 'kissed and groped me without my consent'

The Washingon Times

A Los Angeles radio host has accused Sen. Al Franken of groping her without her consent during a December 2006 USO tour, providing a photo of the alleged encounter that showed the Minnesota Democrat touching her chest with a smile on his face. Leeann Tweeden, a morning news anchor on KABC-AM, wrote an essay on the news station’s website that she met Mr. Franken on her ninth USO Tour to entertain U.S. troops. She said the former “Saturday Night Live” comedian, who was not a senator at the time, wrote a comedy sketch involving the two kissing and that he “repeatedly badge…

Judy Cole, Memphis professor, under fire for 'hateful,' 'vicious' Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweet

The Washingon Times

A University of Memphis professor is facing backlash for an insensitive tweet to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee about his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “If she froze to death, she wouldn’t be missed,” clinical assistant professor Judy Cole wrote in response to Mr. Huckabee’s tweet Saturday praising a U.S. Army pilot who gave Ms. Sanders his jacket during a South Korea visit with President Trump. Mr. Huckabee called out the woman as a professor at the University of Memphis and said he felt sorry for her students. “Woman teaches …

Wisconsin College Democrats leader resigns after tweeting, 'I f--ing hate white men'

The Washingon Times

An executive board member of the College Democrats of Wisconsin has resigned amid backlash over a derogatory tweet about white men. Sarah Semrad, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and vice chair of the statewide College Democrats organization, reportedly tweeted last week from her now-deleted Twitter account: “I f—ing hate white men.” Ms. Semrad also celebrated tearing down flyers at her campus for Christian-based pregnancy counseling, the La Crosse Tribune reported. The tweets apparently caught the attention of conservative Milwaukee radio talk show host…