REALLY Late Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 10/12/18: The Mean Edition!

Okay, it’s way past morning. Couldn’t be helped.

1. You know, like the Democrats and feminists didn’t like Brett Kavanaugh…In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a group of five high school girls confessed to targeting a boy with false sexual assault allegations just because they “don’t like him.” Now the boy’s parents, Michael J. and Alicia Flood, have filed a lawsuit claiming that Seneca Valley High School students in Pittsburgh “conspired in person and via electronic communication devices to falsely accuse [their son] of sexual assault on two occasions.”  They are suing the girls’ parents, the school district and the Butler County District Attorney’s office. Why the DA? Because it has refused to charge the girls, and why should it? They should have been believed, right?

2. Pssst! LA? This is unconstitutional. I guarantee it. In Los Angeles, the City Council passed an ordinance requiring city contractors who have ties to the National Rifle Association to disclose them. “Are you now or have you ever been a member….?”

3. Tales of the Slippery Slope. Hey, if high school conduct is fair game, why not the third grade? The Hollywood Reporter published a tell-all by White House advisor Stephen Miller’s third grade teacher, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Nikki Fiske. She told tales out of school about when Miller was her student at  Franklin Elementary School, revelations designed, of course, to show that a weird kid grew into a Trump-abetting monster. He ate glue! He was messy!

Fiske was pulled from her classroom and is now on paid leave until the school district decides what to do with her. The  concern is “about her release of student information, including allegations that the release may not have complied with applicable laws and district policies,” district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said.“This has been picked up by other digital publications and blogs, and some issues have been raised.”

Ya think?

Wrote Becket Adams in the Washington Examiner. “What kind of teacher goes to an entertainment newspaper with gossip about an 8-year-old boy? Hell, forget that she’s a teacher. What kind of human being does that?”

Bad guys.

4. Encouraging poll of the week: The Atlantic reports that “Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture”  79% of  whites think political correctness is undesirable. Other groups with a majority opposing the speech and thought police:   Asian-Americans (82%), Hispanics-Americans (87%),  American Indians (88%), African-Americans (75%).  are opposed. The only group that supports political correctness is, you guessed it,  “progressive activists.”

5. When ethics alarms not only don’t ring, they must have been uninstalled. The owner of Forks Pit Stop in Walterboro, South Carolina told Kirby Evans, a disfigured cancer victim, that he had to cover his face or he could not eat there.  His daughter wrote a Facebook post about her dad’s humiliating experience. Here is a photo…

Is it fair to call the owner an awful person, or is there a lesser verdict that’s more fair? Poll time!

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12 responses to “REALLY Late Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 10/12/18: The Mean Edition!

  1. 1: I have a thing against casual/nitpicky/frivolous lawsuits.

    This isn’t that. The wave of metoo attacks without consequences for abusing a process that should be bent to protecting CURRENT victims, no matter the gender, demands a push back. It’s too bad the leaders of the metoo mob cannot be sued. This kid was already disliked, but they got drink on the power inherent in the wild accusations (like the unvalued teens that got social power as accusers in Salem). They did not stop as the casual stacking lockers, tripping in the halls or rude, but went for total destruction. This behavior needs to be exposed for the poison it is. There should be a consequence that is firm and teaches/reminds them for a long time that they do not have the right to ruin someone’s life. I don’t think money or prison is appropriate as they are teen-stupid, but that is the hammer to force them into learning consequences, something they will have to personally do like extensive related-to-crime community service.

    I doubt they will get this lesson and will cry victim if they are held responsible for their actions. And that is the sad thing.

    • Beckie

      “I doubt they will get this lesson and will cry victim if they are held responsible for their actions.”

      I fully agree with that, but I have to respectfully disagree with the “teen-stupid” and a slap on the wrist consequence. These girls knew what they were doing, plotted it, and this boy was arrested and held in a detention center for nine days, lost his job, and apparently is suffering some mental trauma. I don’t think community service for these girls will teach them a thing and will be nothing more than social media selfie opportunities along with “oh we’re so sorry” crocodile tears.

      Sadly I think only something that really shames and/or embarrasses them will work, and these days it seems even things that will do that are in short supply. Even being arrested may be “cool”.

      • No, this is not to be a slap on the wrist, but something more substantial. Jailtime or massive costs if family enable are the stick to be enacted if they try to skirt the punishment. They are underage, so I do hope they might learn better. What I mean is not a hundred hours cleaning up roadsides on a sunny day, but something more tailored to their lack of understanding. They WERE stupid teens, who thought they were immune and no one would care or act. I’m talking a community service where they have to see and help victims like theirs. Shame and infamy for their cruelty would be part of the service. Consequences matter. The service alternative is more if they cooperate, but maybe they should be put on predator lists too?

        Adults that do that should be locked up. They don’t have the 2nd chance usually afforded to kids.

  2. Emily

    4) I highly recommend reading the whole study the anti-PC statistic is pulled from. It’s long, but it’s presented in a very accessible format.

    It was a large study, combining survey data, interviews, and town hall-style meetings, and covering both political opinions and underlying values. There’s a lot in there that will restore your faith in America. Spoilers: most people are not insane!

  3. Why is the L.A. City Council blaming the NRA for gang violence instead of, you know, the Crips and the Bloods?

  4. dragin_dragon

    For the record, L.A., I am a member of the NRA.

  5. Beckie

    1. These girls should absolutely be held accountable for their false statements about this boy and the damage they did. This boy was held in a juvenile detention center from the false claims yet nothing for the girls filing false reports? Isn’t there a law about that or does Pennsylvania not having one about filing false reports with the police? Never holding children/teens accountable for their actions makes for a bunch of self-entitled “I should be able to do it because I want to and you shouldn’t tell me I can’t” whiners who meltdown when they don’t get their way in life later.
    Good for the boy’s parents for trying to do something to make people be held accountable, though I think the girls should get some kind of punishment and held accountable for their actions. These are teenagers who should know better and didn’t care what they did. I have a feeling their parents won’t do anything. They are part of the problem with real victims being believed right along with the #metoo that tells people if you just say so you should be believed without question. We’re in a guilty until proven innocent society, but it seems if you did wrong (i.e. falsely accuse) but admit you did it then all is “forgiven” and it’s okay. Corey Booker comes to mind, but I digress on that Democratic double standard.

    2. California doesn’t believe they have to live under the constitution or any other laws but their own. I understand asking about a felony, but that should be the end of it. I’ve never understood the purpose of prospective employees running credit checks either but they do. That’s like saying “You’ve had credit problems, therefore, you’re untrustworthy to work”. Or, could just assume you will steal.

    3. That sound way my eyes rolling so far back they hit the back of my skull. This stuff is getting to be more than ridiculous. I’m glad the school took action, but I don’t think I agree with paid leave.

    4. Someone somewhere will say that the top three groups that are saying PC is undesirable are not victims of the non-pc culture. They will be wrong, but they will say it. Or, the poll must be wrong because white people are not the biggest race opposed to it. They are encouraging numbers though seeing as over three-quarters of all the groups don’t find the PC culture desirable. Progressive activists are just the loudest apparently.

    5. Some people are just horrible human beings. Too quick to jump to judgment about someone not knowing what they’ve gone through. I wonder how “normal” looking people would feel if there was a place that would only serve disabled/disfigured/homeless and they weren’t allowed in? I have a feeling that they’d not care because of the clientele, but still do something like sue because of their self-entitlement that they weren’t allowed to do something. If I had the funds I’d open one but I think my small-town Illinois would be supportive. Then again, most of them wouldn’t have acted like that owner to start with.

    • Good for the boy’s parents for trying to do something to make people be held accountable, though I think the girls should get some kind of punishment and held accountable for their actions. These are teenagers who should know better and didn’t care what they did. I have a feeling their parents won’t do anything. They are part of the problem with real victims being believed right along with the #metoo that tells people if you just say so you should be believed without question. We’re in a guilty until proven innocent society, but it seems if you did wrong (i.e. falsely accuse) but admit you did it then all is “forgiven” and it’s okay. Corey Booker comes to mind, but I digress on that Democratic double standard.

      I heard somewhere that injustice breeds terrorism.

      Will this kind of injustice incite acts of terrorism?

  6. 1. Until their actions are PERSONALLY painful (i.e. ‘have consequences that matter) people will continue to act this way. This is human nature. The DA not pursuing charges is more evidence of our two tiers of justice in America.

    2. LA may be sued by the NRA, but not likely any contractor who wants to work there ever again. Where is the ACLU? (hollow laugh)

    3. This will get Trump elected again

    4. Common Americans are conservative, especially in their own lives. Oh, they may support this or that progressive program, but when the dollars count they are conservative. The problem is America is so prosperous, people forget to pay attention to politics and learn the lesson to take notice every so often (like 2016)

    5. Forks Pit Stop should lose all of their customers. Given what I wrote in # 4 above, it is not likely.

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