Oh, humanity. You are incredibly saddening sometimes.
Kerri Mascareno, a mother in Albuquerque, NM, was told that she was no longer welcome inside school property at her daughter’s school due to the odor she emits because of the chemotherapy from her breast cancer. Tierra Antigua Elementary’s school principal, Robert Abney, informed Mascareno last week that she couldn’t visit the school because her smell was causing others to become ill.
“He just said he knows this is going to hurt my feelings and he understands where I’m coming from because his mother had breast cancer and she had the same exact smell and I can no longer be in the school and that with me being in the school that I made his employees ill,” she said.
Mascareno says that when she moved outside, Abney told her that she would have to wait in the car, as the smell was still apparent through the windows. Abney has since refused to answer any questions from media outlets and has directed them to speak to the school district’s spokespeople. Mascareno, however, has emails which show that she would be allowed to have Thanksgiving lunch with her daughter, but only if she sat in Abney’s office, instead of in the school cafeteria with everyone else.
I’m not sure exactly what kind of odor occurs when people undergo chemotherapy, but considering this woman has just been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, perhaps people could just put aside their selfishness and allow an un-well mother hang out with her daughter. It also seems that Abney must be suffering from some sort of smell recall from his mother’s cancer and that maybe this is the reason Mascareno is not allowed on school grounds any longer. All in all, it’s a sad a ridiculous thing that should never have happened.
Marcia Wallace, an actress who came to fame with her role as Bob Newhart’s secretary Carol Kester, but more well known to this generation for her role of Edna Krabappel, has passed away at age 70 due to complications from pneumonia.
I’m not old enough to have seen her earlier roles and performances, so her character Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson’s fourth grade teacher, is all I’ve really known of her. That being said, the character and her performance will always have a very special place in my my mind. Marcia Wallace, through Edna, gave some of the most human performances on a show that can be full of silly fun wackiness. There have been and still are very touching emotional performances from other actors on the show, Marge Simpson’s video message to Homer from The Simpsons Movie being one of the most moving, but Edna’s stories always stuck with me.
The episode “Bart Gets An F” is a very important one to me. Growing up, school life wasn’t the easiest for me, and it was a story that I found easy to relate to. Marcia Wallace and Nancy Cartwright both shine in that episode and they made the wonderful ending what it is. People may remember her for one of her other roles, but I will always remember her as the teacher who had much more to her than dry humor and a distinct laugh. She was the teacher who was lonely, emotional, and human.
Thank you, Marcia, for being unforgettable.
A sad day in Sparks, Nevada at Sparks Middle School after a student opened fire in a classroom and killed the teacher, while wounding two other students. The shooter then took his own life.
Officials say that the student opened fire at 7:16 am this morning, fifteen minutes before classes were scheduled to begin. The student allegedly became angry about something and pulled out a gun, firing at a student.
“A kid started getting mad and he pulled out a gun and shoots my friend, one of my friends at least. And then he walked up to a teacher and says back up, the teacher started backing up and he pulled the trigger,” recalled Andrew, one of the students in the classroom. “The teacher was just lying there and he was limp, he didn’t know what to do, he was just in a lot of pain. And me and five other friends went to him and said come on we’ve got to get him to safety. We picked him up, carried him a little bit far and we left him because our vice principal came along and said go, go, go get to safety, get to safety. So we left the teacher there and we went to safety.”
The teacher has been lauded for their heroism, with students saying that the teacher attempted to get the student to put the gun down before the student fired. Another student in the classroom, Michelle, said that she heard the student say, “Why you people making fun of me, why you laughing at me?” before he fired the first shots.
150-200 police officers responded to the situation and proceeded to search the grounds with bomb-sniffing dogs. Authorities say they are not able to tell if the student had targeted anyone in particular.
The two wounded students are currently listed under critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
When police came upon a fatal car crash in Spokane, Washington on Sunday afternoon, they saw something heartbreaking yet faith-restoring. Floyd Nordhagen, 92, and Margaret Nordhagen, 88, the victims in the accident, were found dead and holding hands.
The couple were on their way to buy cat food for some of the many animals that they cared for when they pulled out of a parking lot onto a state highway, where they collided with a pickup truck. Their son Marv believes that his mother most likely grabbed his father’s hand when the accident happened.
Margaret was still alive when police arrived at the scene, but later died from injuries.
Trooper Rob Spencer stated, “You don’t see that every day. We actually had to ask her to let go of him, so we could get him out of the car.”
It’s a sad story with a sad ending that still inspires faith in finding that long-time love.
Another day, another horrifying story that shows us just how prevalent rape culture is in America.
Melinda Coleman moved to the town of Maryville, Missouri after her husband passed away in late 2010. Only a short time after, she discovered her 14-year-old daughter discarded on her lawn, freezing cold, on January 8th, 2012. Her daughter, Daisy, had been raped.
The previous evening, Daisy and another friend, a 13-year-old, had been sexually assaulted by two older high school students, while one taped the incident, after the older males had given the girls alcoholic beverages at a party that left them incapable of movement.
A local investigation by police proved that 17-year-old Matthew Barnett was the perpetrator who had raped Daisy Coleman. Despite the evidence, charges against Barnett were dropped. Coincidentally, Barnett is also the grandson of a prominent former state representative.
Sexual assault cases can be difficult to build because of factors such as a lack of physical evidence or inconsistent statements by witnesses. But by the time his department had concluded its investigation, Sheriff Darren White felt confident the office had put together a case that would “absolutely” result in prosecutions.
“Within four hours, we had obtained a search warrant for the house and executed that,” White told The Star. “We had all of the suspects in custody and had audio/video confessions.
After the charges against the boys involved in the case were dropped, the town began to send threatening emails and messages to the Coleman family. In the midst of this ordeal, Daisy has been dealing with depression and has attempted suicide. Melinda decided to move her children back to the town they came from because the harassment was becoming too much to handle. In April, after they had moved away, the house that they purchased in Maryville mysteriously burned to the ground. No charges have been brought in that investigation either.
Meanwhile, Matthew Barnett is having the time of his life attending the University of Central Missouri.
In a recent retweet, he expressed his views on women — and their desire for his sexual attentions — this way:
“If her name begins with A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, she wants the D.”
To read more about the case, the Kansas City Star has an extensive and extremely well-written article on this tragedy.
96-year old Fred recently lost his wife, Lorraine, after 75 years together. While sitting alone one night, Fred began humming a song that just stuck with him to the point that he decided to pen a song in remembrance of Lorraine. After seeing an ad in the paper released by Green Shoe Studio for a YouTube singer/songwriter contest, Fred decided to enter the song he’d written for his deceased wife.
Although Fred didn’t win the contest, Green Shoe was so touched by his song that they decided to do something different with it. Fred’s everlasting love for his sweet Lorraine is so beautiful but so heartbreaking to imagine how much his life has changed since she’s passed.
The amount of cries I had after this video is too damn high. Seriously. I need to hug something,