Archive for August 21st, 2016

North Carolina Teachers Ordered to Avoid Calling Students ‘boys and girls’

Educators at a North Carolina public school district have been ordered to avoid using gender-specific pronouns when addressing pupils, according to a recently published training manual.

A slideshow presentation, entitled “Supporting Transgender Students,” provides guidance for the upcoming school year to K-12 teachers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district, directing them how to properly handle students with gender identity issues.

“Transgendered,” “transsexual,” “transvestite,” “MtF or FtM,” “Cross Dresser,” and “Drag Queen/King,” are all terms teachers are instructed to avoid in order to “maximize academic achievement for every child.”

Instead, the slideshow suggests, teachers should familiarize themselves with terms such as “Questioning,” “Cisgender,” “Non-binary,” “Genderqueer,’ and “Gender nonconforming.”

A worksheet with a purple unicorn appears amid the instructional, which students are intended to fill out with their own gender identities.

Among techniques to “avoid gender specific classroom management,” the slideshow tells teachers to line students up by birth month, favorite color, or alphabetized, rather than “boy/girl.”

Children should also be addressed as “scholars or students vs. boys and girls,” the guidance recommends.

Additionally, faculty should “allow students to dress in accordance with their gender identity” (emphasis theirs), and “students must have access to the restroom/changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity,” in accordance with a recent Fourth Circuit court ruling.

“A student’s transgender status is confidential,” the Powerpoint presentation reminds teachers, and “Staff must take care not to ‘out’ a student to others, including the parents of an older student, without the student’s permission.”

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Suspect dons ‘old man’ disguise in brazen attempt to fool police (PHOTOS)

A suspected drug dealer who had managed to evade US police for more than five months was finally caught after he was found disguised as a balding “elderly man” at a Massachusetts home.

Shaun “Shizz” Miller had reportedly been on the run since April, when authorities named him as a suspect in a drug trafficking investigation.

On Thursday, law enforcement officers surrounded a house in South Yarmouth in Barnstable County, where the 31-year-old was thought to be staying. However, after officers called for Miller to give himself up there was apparently some confusion when an elderly man emerged from the house.

© US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Upon further investigation, officers determined that the ‘elderly man’ was in fact Miller, and at that point, officers pulled off Miller’s realistic disguise and placed him under arrest,” a statement by the US Department of Justice read.

A mugshot of Miller’s bizarre get-up suggests he had gone to great lengths not to be recognized. It shows the 31-year-old wearing a fake nose, eyebrows, and grey beard. Miller even appears to have tried to alter his pale skin with prosthetics featuring liver spots.

Police found two loaded weapons and $30,000 in cash stashed in a laundry basket during a search of the property. Miller has been charged with “possession of heroin with intent to distribute” and is awaiting a hearing at a US District Court in Boston.

Shizz Miller’s impersonation as a retiree is by no means the strangest disguise to be donned in order to avoid a run-in with the law. Here are five other criminally bad attempts to throw police off the scent:

Marker masks

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Matthew Allan McNelly and Joey Lee Miller were no masters of disguise. Instead of covering their faces with a balaclava, or literally anything at all, the pair thought it best to color their faces with a black magic marker before attempting to break into a home.

Unsurprisingly, alcohol was involved in the hapless duo’s decision making process, and they were later charged with attempted robbery.

Carroll Police Chief Jeff Caylor described the poorly drawn on masks as one of the strangest things he’d ever encountered. “I’ve seen a lot of things that make me laugh and weird things but this was probably the best combination of the two,” he told CNN.

Duct tape bandit

This was certainly creative, but removing the disguise can’t have been much fun.

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