Johnthany Walker, 24, the man behind the wheel during the deadly Chattanooga school bus crash that took place on Monday, killing five children, has been charged. Police charged him with vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. He is currently being held on $107,500 bail. He’s slated to appear in court on November 29. According to reports, he was speeding over the 30 mph speed limit before the bus veered off the road, flipped over, and slammed into a tree, police say. About 35 students from Woodmore Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were aboard the bus. “We are heartbroken for all of our students and their families,” said Hamilton County Schools Interim Superintendent Kirk Kelly. “Yesterday was the worst day that we had.” Read more.
Education Secretary John B. King Jr. Wants to Abolish Paddling
Education Secretary John B. King Jr. is calling on governors and educators to ban paddling practices within schools. King believes teachers who use the practice should be charged with “criminal assault or battery.” In a letter issued on Tuesday, King noted there are alternative ways to discipline students. “The practice has been clearly and repeatedly linked to negative health and academic outcomes for students,” King said. “It is opposed by parent organizations, teachers unions, medical and mental health professionals and civil rights advocates as a wholly inappropriate means of school discipline. There are better, smarter ways to achieve safe and supportive school environment.” Paddling is currently legal in 22 states. Some of those are Alabama, Florida, and North Carolina. According to the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection, Black and disabled students were disproportionately affected by the practice during the 2013-2014 school year. Read more.
CNN Guest Drops The ‘N-Word’ On Air
During a segment on CNN related to race, politics, and President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, things took a left turn. The segment featured Brooke Baldwin, former New York Times journalist Charles Kaiser, and GOP political commentator Paris Dennard. When Kaiser tackled Baldwin’s question surrounding whether or not Trump’s statement about disavowing the Alt-Right was enough, he replied, “If you don’t want to support the Alt-Right, don’t choose as a White House counselor a man who uses the word n****r.” Both Dennard and Baldwin looked shocked after the statement. “We’re done,” Baldwin said when the interview was over. “The more I’ve sat here and listened to the fact that someone used the N-word on this show. It is not OK. It is not OK, Charles Kaiser.” Kaiser claimed that he was simply quoting Bannon to illustrate his character. Read more.
Lawyers Ban Together to Oppose Steve Bannon Appointment
Over 15,000 lawyers have banned together to show their opposition towards President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Steve Bannon as chief strategist. The letter, co-written by Nancy Leong, associate professor at University of Denver Law School, has garnered thousands of signatures. “As attorneys, we swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. We committed to protect the institutions upon which our democracy depends. We committed to provide zealous representation for all our clients, regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic,” read the letter. “Mr. Bannon has demonstrated his opposition to the stable, democratic form of government that our profession embraces and strives to maintain.” Leong plans to send the letter to Congress. Bannon, who served as the executive of Breitbart News, has been accused of being racist, sexist, and homophobic. Read more.
Nia Long Lands Role on ‘Empire’
Actress Nia Long has been cast for Fox’s Empire. According to Fox, Long will play the recurring role of Giuliana; a club owner from Las Vegas who tries to strike a deal with Lucious. Other stars that have joined the cast include Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, French Montana and Birdman. There is no word on when Long will make her Empire debut. She currently stars on Lifetime’s Beaches. Read more.