Watch: Tennessee Students Tear Down Flag, Fight in Walk-Out


Students across America protested gun violence in schools Wednesday in response to February’s deadly Parkland, FL, shooting.

While most protests were peaceful, video captured in Tennessee shows a wild scene at Antioch High School.

WSMV reports that Antioch High School’s protest turned violent when students tore down the American flag and brawled, while WKRN adds that students threw water bottles into the crowd and jumped on a police car before eventually being stopped by teachers.


Metro Nashville Public Schools released the following statement regarding Wednesday’s events:

At MNPS, we respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them. Unfortunately, some students on our Antioch campus today chose to protest in ways that significantly disrupted school operations and threatened the safety and order for other students and staff within our school. Swift action was taken by school security and MNPD to address the situation. No students or staff members were injured during the walkout.

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Inappropriate behaviors that threaten school safety will be handled immediately and firmly in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and MNPD.

We understand that our students may be feeling lots of emotions, including anxiety, fear and even anger about today’s events. We encourage parents to talk to your child(ren) about how they may be feeling, and the importance of expressing themselves in appropriate ways while at school. MNPS also has counselors available and ready to talk to students at any time. We look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow for a great day of teaching and learning.

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Jimmy Kimmel Threatens to File ‘Official Complaint’ Against Trump Family Store

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel announced to his audience Wednesday night that he had purchased a box full of merchandise from the online Trump organization family store and is now threatening to file an official complaint against the Trump Family.

Opening a box from the Trump store live on his ABC show, Kimmel sneered that most of the Trump organization merchandise was made in China or other countries overseas.

He also showed off a Trump-branded gold bar coin bank and a pet bandanna that did not list the country of origin on the merchandise.

Seeing this as a potential federal offense, Kimmel then cited United States Customs and Border Protection laws about imported goods requiring that the country of origin be stamped on the article, noting that companies could be fined $500,000 per item for failing to comply.

“Are they even capable of shame?” the ABC funnyman continued. “I mean Trump’s whole platform is about supporting American companies, his company isn’t even supporting America!”

Kimmel said he would file an official complaint, warning them that it would be “very expensive” if they got busted.

“I’m sure Eric and Don Jr. didn’t know about this. I’m sure this was a simple oversight. I’ll just file an official complaint and let them sort it out,” Kimmel quipped as the audience cheered and applauded.

Jimmy Kimmel called Trump’s sons “Uday and Qusay” after former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein’s sons, noting that they were “making a lot of money selling crap” with Trump’s name on it.

The Trump organization store is separate from the Trump campaign store, where all of the products are made in America.

Kimmel’s threats against the Trump family came on the same week that the comic admitted that he has seen polls that show that his anti-Trump monologues have cost him “commercially.”

Police: Student Carrying ‘Trump’ Flag Assaulted During School Walkout in Minneapolis

A student carrying a flag with the word “Trump” was assaulted outside a Minneapolis high school Wednesday on National School Walkout Day, police said.

Two of the student’s classmates at Southwest High School confronted him across the street from the school before six other students joined them in stealing the victim’s flag, damaging his camera, and assaulting him to the point where the victim suffered minor injuries, WCCO reported.

Police say the altercation took place as students walked outside Wednesday morning to participate in National School Walkout Day, a protest wherein students at nearly 3,000 schools walked out of class to support gun control one month after a shooting in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Police say that a school resource officer stepped in to stop the attack and that there is an investigation into the incident.

Authorities say no arrests have been made yet in connection with the Wednesday morning incident.

Minneapolis Public Schools told the New York Post the school district would release a statement on the matter later on Thursday.

Rihanna Rips Snapchat for ‘Awful’ Ad Trivializing Domestic Violence, Sends Stocks Tumbling

Pop megastar Rihanna slammed a controversial ad from social media platform Snapchat, which she says brought “shame” to victims of domestic violence.

The ad, which Snapchat has removed and apologized for, asked social media users: “Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown?”

The question is in reference to a 2009 incident in which Rihanna and then-boyfriend Chris Brown, got into a fight which left Rihanna bloody and black-eyed. Brown turned himself in and was charged with felony assault.

Rihanna, 30, took to Instagram to issue a statement slamming the ad.

“I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb,” the “Run this Town” singer wrote. “You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV (domestic violence) victims and made a joke of it!!!”

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Snapchat attempted to explain how the ad got published, and apologized for their “error.”

“The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines,” a spokesperson for the app said in a statement. “We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware. We are sorry that this happened.”

That apology, however, did not make Rihanna any less upset.

“This isn’t about my personal feelings…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out…you let us down! Shame on you,” the singer wrote.

Rihanna’s anger wasn’t limited to Rihanna, activists and political figures also weighed in on the controversial ad.

Activist Brittany Packnett wrote:

Rihanna’s response has also impacted Snapchat’s stock standing, as the Daily Newsreports, the eight-time Grammy-winner’s response and Snapchat’s statement, “sent Snap shares down 4.8 percent, to $17 by early afternoon — their lowest levels this month.”

This comes on the heels of another Snapchat debacle involving a celebrity.

“In February, Kylie Jenner complained about the texting app’s redesign, causing the company to lose more than $1 billion in market value.”

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania Professor Alison Downie Explains Why Smiling Christians Enraged Her

Religion professor Alison Downie, who threw a student out of her class for arguing that there are only two genders, published a blog post earlier this year explaining why a group of smiling Christians sent her into an unanticipated rage.

Alison Downie, a professor of religion at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, recently came under fire for throwing a student out of her Christianity course after he argued that there are only two genders.

Now, a blog post authored by Downie in January may provide some clarity as to why she would throw a student out of the classroom over a discussion about gender.

Downie published a blog post entitled “Sunday Shaming,” in which she detailed a very brief encounter she had with a group of non-denominational Christians on a Sunday during her drive to visit her mentally disabled son in an alcohol abuse home. Before the encounter, Downie had just learned that the 43-year-old husband of a distant friend had passed away suddenly.

As both tragic circumstances weighed on her, Downie drove past a group of non-denominational Christians outside their local gathering space. One member of the church held up a sign to passing cars that read “SMILE! It’s Sunday!”

According to her own account, Downie flew into a fit of rage after she read the sign. She explained that the sign made her want to bring intense pain upon the members of the church so that they could understand that faith alone is not reason enough to smile.

I felt slapped in the face, stunned, and then . . .  enraged.

Though I drove on in steely silence, I wanted to slam on the brakes, storm into that cluster of shiny happy young people and throw down a Molotov cocktail of sudden death, mental illness, tragedy, and suffering of all kinds into their church street party: “NO! I will NOT smile because it’s Sunday. And who are you to tell me I should? Who are you to imply that if I do not smile, I somehow don’t measure up to your understanding of what faith or salvation is?”

Rage boiled within me for miles and miles, churning over the shame these young people tossed around in an insular, and therefore, arrogant obliviousness.

Downie equated the young man’s sign to a form of religious shaming. “Unless I muster the courage to confront those who shame others by dogmatic commands and proclamations of certainty, masked as religious virtue, I’ll never know,” she wrote.

It is unclear why Downie assumed that the church members had not themselves also experienced tragedy and hardship. It’s certainly possible that the young man holding the poster is suffering now or has faced suffering at some point in his life.

One does not need to be free from suffering to find internal peace and happiness from faith. As a professor who teaches classes on Christianity, Downie should know this firsthand.

Downie is laser-focused on her belief that the young man’s poster constituted a form of religious shaming. “In that Sunday smile poster, all the smug, self-righteous, condemning religiosity which formed me in shame as I learned to talk, walk, and never break a rule, assaulted me once again, as Alison, not Dr. Downie,” she wrote.

In reality, Professor Downie’s several-second encounter with the young man and his poster as she drove by the church members is far less an example of shaming than Downie’s blog post — and her more recent treatment of a student in the classroom.