In California, the Los Angeles Unified School District has blamed a 14-year-old girl after she was molested by her 8th grade teacher.
After discovering that math teacher Elkis Hermida had a sexual relationship with his student, he was sent to prison for his crime.
During the civil trial, the LAUSD asked to have the student’s sexual history made part of the record, claiming she was sexually sophisticated and could then consent to sex. They also said she was partially responsible, and that she was more mature due to prior relationships.
An appeal court ruled in favor of the student, and lambasted the school district for, among other things, “ maintain[ing] that a minor student who is the victim of sexual abuse by a teacher bears responsibility for preventing that abuse.”
A 14-year-old child is neither mentally nor legally able to consent to a sexual relationship with an adult, apropos of nothing. It is frightening that a school district, who is supposed to be protecting the children in its jurisdiction, would ever think otherwise.
The full story is available here at The Atlantic.
In a blow to nihilists everywhere, the massive Swiss $8 billion particular accelerator went online last Wednesday without sparking atomic reactions, earthquakes or the occasional black hole:
“I wasn’t worried,” said Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University. “If this were happening on an episode of ‘The X-Files’ or a new Pixar movie or any Hollywood movie with a budget of over $100 million, then I’d be worried. But it wasn’t. It was happening in real life.”
He paused, then said, “But I’m no physicist, either.”
In related news, experts say the new artificial intelligence defense project, Skynet, is nothing much to worry about.
And for the realtime updates, check Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the earth yet?
The Arabian peninsula has just had its second drama of the year canceled due to tribal animosities. The historical soap opera, “Saadoun al-Awajy,” dealt with conflict between the Sammar and Unaiza tribes in the years 1750 to 1830. The loss of Saadoun is felt deeply by some soap opera afficionados. One Sammar descendant despairs, “It’s a fuss about nothing … At the end of the day such a drama was a money opportunity.”
The other show to be canceled for offending sensibilities was “Cup of Blood”—it was apparently a historical soap opera, not a procedural crime drama.
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