According to a teacher at J.Law that my mom knows, she was apparently an honors student and was extremely motivated and had her plans for college all thought out. She wanted to go somewhere in life and now that was all cut short because some guy couldn’t handle rejection. This is tragic, and my heart goes out to her friends and family. I NEVER want to hear someone say that women have no reason to be afraid of men ever again.
i’m so livid
and so fucking sad
it was done at school. And a teacher might’ve seen part of it happening. THAT. Really pisses me off. This makes me so sick
Chris Plaskon walked up to Maren Sanchez at 7:15 in the morning on the day of the junior prom and asked her to go with him. When she said no, she was going with her boyfriend—which he knew already—he stabbed her in the neck.
Which means, does it not, that he came to school carrying a knife, prepared to murder her if she said no.
This wasn’t about a sixteen-year-old being unexpectedly set off by rejection. He brought the murder weapon to the crime scene. And he made sure to ask her very early, when few people would be around.
I don’t know what his motive was—but it wasn’t the prom. He had the means and he created the opportunity.This was premeditated.
Why are they discussing how “great of a kid” he was? How he was strange, but never dangerous? How no one saw it coming even though he was obsessed with her for two freaking years.
He brought a knife with him to school that day.
He brought a knife with him that day, knowing good and damn well he would ask her to prom. He knew, when he brought that knife with him, that she would turn him down due to being in a relationship.
You asked a girl in a committed relationship out on a date, and then got angry and “snapped” when she acted on the fact that she was in a committed relationship and said no, instead of miraculously going against it and saying yes to you.
But we all know he didn’t really snap. No, not when he packed the murder weapon on you ahead of time. Not when he cornered her during a low traffic time. Not when he knew she was seeing someone. Not when he knew she’d say no. No, he knew what would happen, but felt so entitled to her and her body that when she dared to say no, he felt justified in taking her life so that no one else could have her.
But the media talks about his model family? How he was strange but funny and happy and a class clown who enjoyed making others laugh? How he was a nice guy? How devastated his family is?
His? The attacker? The murderer? The one who felt so entitled to someone just because he liked her that he felt justified in stabbing her because she dared to tell him no?
What about her? What about her family, who has to live day in and day out with the fact that this boy felt so entitled to their child that he felt entitled to determine whether she lived or died? What about them, who have to move forward without seeing her because some rude, selfish, evil thing couldn’t take the word no and planned to kill her as soon as he heard it? What about them?
You don’t get to stab an innocent girl in the neck and have the media humanize you. I don’t care if you were a little depressed now and then, I don’t care if you have ADD. No one cares that you seemed to be a well adjusted, cheerful kid and that your actions were “so unexpected.”
You MURDERED someone for refusing your advances.
The media needs to STOP humanizing this evil, dangerous, selfish thing. It’s what’s wrong with the world.
my very existence as a queer person is not ‘inappropriate’ for children thank you and goodnight
I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama
that came from taxes I paid.
Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.
what the fuck is wrong with Americans who aren’t on board with free healthcare. I’m Canadian and I don’t care that I pay extra taxes so a little boy in Alberta can have open heart surgery, or an elderly man in Nova Scotia can get the heart medication he desperately needs. It’s called taking care of your people. I’m glad I pay so that people can have a good quality of life. It’s called being a decent fucking human being.
My Dad isn’t a bad person, he’s just… old fashioned.
This is so much the outlook by many men on a woman’s hormonal fluctuation. As if there is no control. No matter what, women cannot have control of their bodies.
Your dad tells the fucking truth. The last thing America needs is a woman in charge.
Sorry ladies, I’m just saying what we’re all thinking. Women are cuntwaffles during their period.
I’m willing to bet that most people who are irritable are so because they’re uncomfortable or in pain - it’s really hard to be level-headed when you’re in gut-tearing amounts of pain.
The hormonal argument is the biggest load of crap - as if males don’t have hormones or don’t have a hormonal cycle. Actually, male hormone cycles are more frequent and less predictable.
I’m not putting this out there to put one sex above the other but rather to point out that “hur hur hormones!!!” is a really ridiculous reason to discredit and entire group of people, especially when we all have hormones and hormonal cycles.
So we shouldn’t allow a woman president because she supposedly loses her shit and becomes hyperaggressive once a month, but we regularly give power to men who lose their shit and become hyperaggressive whenever a woman rejects their advances.
I’m not trying to be sexist, but let me use this super archaic view on hormones, coupled with sexist slurs meant to oppress women, all in defense of not giving them power
hurr hurr we’re all thinking it tho amirite
EAT. MY. SHIT.
We can’t let women have power because once a month they turn into TOTAL… dudes.
I’ve said this before and I’ll point it out again -
Menstruation is caused by change in hormonal levels to stop the creation of a uterine lining and encourage the body to flush the lining out. The body does this by lowering estrogen levels and raising testosterone.
Or, to put it more plainly “That time of the month” is when female hormones most closely resemble male hormones. So if (cis) women aren’t suited to office at “That time of the month” then (cis) men are NEVER suited to office.
If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time.
And, on a final note, post-menopausal (cis) women are the most hormonally stable of all human demographics. They have fewer hormonal fluctuations of anyone, meaning older women like Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would theoretically be among the least likely candidates to make an irrational decision due to hormonal fluctuations, and if we were basing our leadership decisions on hormone levels, then only women over fifty should ever be allowed to hold office.
Reblogging hard for that last comment.
From NPR’s transcript of a Morning Edition story: Group of researchers ran this interesting field experiment. They emailed more than 6,500 professors at the top 250 schools pretending to be the students. And they wrote letters saying, I really admire your work. Would you have some time to meet? The letters to the faculty were all identical, but the names of the students were all different. […] Brad Anderson. Meredith Roberts. Lamar Washington. LaToya Brown. Juanita Martinez. Deepak Patel, Sonali Desai, Chang Wong, Mei Chen. […] All they were measuring was how often professors wrote back agreeing to meet with with the students. And what they found was there were very large disparities. Women and minorities [were] systematically less likely to get responses from the professors and also less likely to get positive responses from the professors. Now remember, these are top faculty at the top schools in the United States and the letters were all impeccably written.
Two more kickers: “There’s absolutely no benefit seen when women reach out to female faculty, nor do we see benefits from black students reaching out to black faculty or Hispanic students reaching out to Hispanic faculty,” and, “In business academia, we see a 25 percentage point gap in the response rate to Caucasian males vs. women and minorities.” Word, this sounds great, we’re doing great. [NPR]
Oh, man, this makes me so sad. And as a professor, I’m glad it’s also raised my awareness to these disparities.
Dear god this:
VEDANTAM: Milkman found there were very large disparities between academic departments and between schools. Faculty at private schools were significantly more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty at public schools. And faculty in fields that were very lucrative were also more likely to discriminate. So there was very little discrimination in the humanities. There was more discrimination among faculty at the natural sciences. And there was a lot of discrimination among the faculty at business schools. Here’s Milkman again.
MILKMAN: The very worst in terms of bias is business academia. So in business academia, we see a 25 percentage point gap in the response rate to Caucasian males vs. women and minorities.
And people wonder why some women particularly want to avoid majoring in business?
Robert Robinson was a 16-year-old boy. A few weeks ago, his mother murdered him and then committed suicide.
The above is one headline from an article about Robert’s murder. Here are some others:
"Distraught woman killed autistic son then took her own life"
“Prince Rupert family’s ordeal ends in tragedy”
"Tragic deaths in Prince Rupert avoidable"
Does anyone else see a problem here?
In each and every one of these headlines, the mother is the victim. Her autistic son is an explanation, a reason she is sympathetic, an element in her tragic death. She killed him, and yet this is her tragedy. Some of the headlines don’t even bother mentioning his death!
When a neurotypical able-bodied child is murdered by their parents, the world is shocked and horrified. The memorials are for the child, not their killer. You’d certainly be hard-pressed to find a whole chorus of internet comments like the ones above.
It’s terrible what happened to this mother who was just trying to help her son cope…
Robert would have never been able to live a real life and would require permanent care his entire life. His existence created an unimaginable emotional and financial burden for those who had to care for him, and this tragically became the end result.
For someone like him, what is the purpose of living?
Obviously nobody has a right to take someone else’s life but I only really feel badly for the mother. TBH, I think everyone would’ve been better off if he died earlier, including him.
This is what ableism looks like. This is what ableism looks like when it’s mobilized to defend murderers. This is, in the end, the price of ‘Autism Awareness’ campaigns which perpetuate the myth it prevents us from living a real life or from having value as human beings.
This post is for Robert Robinson, Vincent Phan, and Damien Veraghen, all autistic children murdered by their caretakers in the past four months. Let’s grieve for them, children who another person decided had no value and no right to life. Children whose experiences were brutally cut short by their parents who made the choice to murder them. Children whose lives and deaths were diminished by a media who couldn’t bring themselves to describe these crimes in any language stronger than ‘tragedy’.
I’m scared. I’m angry. And I know - I just know - it will happen again.
"tactless, but i wouldn’t say horrible"
also, while we’re at it?
and not only that, but the first RECORDED WRITER IN HUMAN HISTORY? was a woman.
trust no one who tells you that we haven’t always been here
At your battle-cry, my lady, the foreign lands bow low. When humanity comes before you in awed silence at the terrifying radiance and tempest, you grasp the most terrible of all the divine powers. Because of you, the threshold of tears is opened, and people walk along the path of the house of great lamentations. In the van of battle, all is struck down before you. With your strength, my lady, teeth can crush flint. You charge forward like a charging storm. You roar with the roaring storm, you continually thunder with Iškur. You spread exhaustion with the stormwinds, while your own feet remain tireless. With the lamenting balaĝ drum a lament is struck up.
My lady, the great Anuna gods fly from you to the ruin mounds like scudding bats. They dare not stand before your terrible gaze. They dare not confront your terrible countenance. Who can cool your raging heart? Your malevolent anger is too great to cool. Lady, can your mood be soothed? Lady, can your heart be gladdened? Eldest daughter of Suen, your rage cannot be cooled!
This is slightly off topic for a non-themed week, and of course, it’s literature, but I couldn’t resist sharing this little history snippet with you all.
i want to see more queer kids in childrens media i want to crush the idea that you have to be of a certain age before you’re allowed to know who you are
More Americans are renting but fewer are finding it affordable. By common definition, affordable housing should consume no more than 30 percent of a household’s income, including utilities.
That’s why folks are in debt or in their cars. Can’t afford basics.
this is only a shock to the people with too much money for it to ever apply to them.
Today in “No Shit! News”…
Didn’t need Harvard to tell me this shit….
JUST discussed this with themisunderstoodgoodman!
rent has always been like 60%-70% of my family’s income like I was shocked to find out it’s “supposed” to be 30%
Here’s The Atlantic talking about how it would actually be less expensive than all the grants, loans, and aid programs the government already provides to students
And just for fun, here’s the Huffington Post (via AP) talking about Oregon’s pilot “Pay It Forward” tuition free program that’s similar to the English university payment model.
But of course, this all sniffs of socialism, and we can’t have that. It’s not like this would be in the public interest… Not when JP Morgan Chase, Blackrock, and Bank of America have huge profits to make.