A day after shocking claims surfaced alleging that Rachel Canning, the teen suing her parents for money, had been allowed to drink underage by the family who is currently housing her, the 18-year-old has taken to Facebook herself to slam her parent’s generation for being spoiled.
“Suburban baby boomer types are the spoiled lot, they make massive amounts of money a year, they are used to flying to luxury destinations when they want, and buy things that they don't need, people should be inclined to see things my way,” wrote Canning on her Facebook page, according to the NY Daily News.
Canning also allegedly went on to say that people her parent’s age only cared about, “retiring into some fantasy world rather than provide for their children's college and young adult years.”
“In today's economy there are no more meaningful jobs and without family help it's usually military or bust,” continued Canning in her outburst.
Since filing the lawsuit, a judge has denied Canning’s request to have her estranged parents pay her private high school tuition and $650 a month in child support. The judge has not yet made a decision as to whether or not Mr. and Mrs. Canning will have to pay for their daughter’s future college tuition. It’s safe to say, however, that Canning’s latest rant on social media probably won’t help her case.
“I see parents like this every day,” continued Canning in her post, “children were always an accessory to them and nothing more, once that accessory grew up and went out of fashion, much like a marriage that people allegedly commit to, the child becomes a throwaway, that's just how it is.”
A follow-up hearing is scheduled for April 22.
Facebook announced Wednesday it will delete posts from users attempting to sell a gun without a background check or sell firearms banned within their state.
A similar policy will be instated on Instagram, the Associated Press reported.
Facebook made the change in response to pressure from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Moms Demand Action collected more than 230,000 signatures demanding a change to the Facebook policy.
"There's no way to stop a Facebook or Instagram user from potentially selling a gun to a felon, a domestic abuser or another dangerous person who would otherwise be prohibited from obtaining a gun,” wrote Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action.
"Responsible social media sites know that it is in no one's interest for their sites to become the 21st century black market in dangerous and illegal goods that place our families and communities at risk," Schneiderman said. "I congratulate Facebook and Instagram for taking these simple, common sense steps to protect the safety and security of their users, and encourage other social media sites to follow their lead."
The state of New York requires a federal background check for private gun sales and has banned assault rifles like the AR-15.
Under this new policy, a listing for an AR-15 for sale in New York will be deleted. It would not deleted in the state of Texas, where the gun is legal.
Any post where a seller claims the background check will not be required will automatically be deleted, even if the state where the seller lives doesn’t require background checks on private gun sales.
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia require background checks for private gun sales.
Tom King, president of the New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association, regarded the new policy “as a kind of limit on our First Amendment Rights.”
"This is something that could greatly get out of control very quickly," King said.
Teenagers in California will now have a chance to reset their public persona before applying to jobs or colleges. Governor Jerry Brown signed in to law Senate Bill 568 on Monday. The new law, called the “eraser button” law by some, requires social media sites to allow users under 18 years of age to delete posts and photos that may damage their reputation, according to a Fox News story.
"Kids and teens frequently self-reveal before they self-reflect,” the CEO of Common Sense Media, Jim Steyer, told the Huffington Post. "In today's digital age, mistakes can stay with and haunt kids for their entire life. This bill is a big step forward for privacy rights, especially since California has more tech companies than any other state.”
While popular sites like Facebook and Twitter already allow any user to delete posts or tweets, the law will make it a requirement for all websites to extend the privilege to underage California users. Such a broad law will burden sites, who will now have to determine which users are based in California, opponents say. Many proponents concede the point but hope that the law will spread to the other states.
"This is a good business practice that should filter through the industry,” said Rhys Williams, spokesman for the bill’s author, Sen. Darrell Steinberg, Democrat. "These companies are keen to avoid bad press just as parents are keen to avoid bad attention toward their children.”
A similar bill was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011. Titled the Do Not Track Kids Act, it was introduced by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. The bill never made it out of committee.
The law is part of a larger package of laws that will also prohibit youth-oriented social media sites from advertising products that are illegal for minors like alcohol, guns and tobacco. The new rules go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.
A bus driver in Georgia’s Haralson County was fired by the school district after posting a Facebook status about a student. If the bus driver had written something degrading against the student or specifically named a child in his post, his dismissal may have been warranted. The driver, however, was simply using the Facebook post to make the case that the children’s lunch program needs to be revised.
The driver, Johnny Cook, posted his comments after a student who was riding the bus informed him that the school denied the boy lunch because his account was empty. The post reads, in full, as follows (via NBC 11 Atlanta):
“A lil flustered this evening.
A middle schooler got on my bus this evening and said mr johnny im hungry. I said why are you hungry buddy? Didn't you eat lunch ? He said no sir I didn't have any money on my account. I said they would let you charge it? No sir.
Huh! What! This child is already on reduced lunch and we can't let him eat. Are you kidding me? I'm certian there was leftover food thrown away today. But kids were turned away because they didn't have .40 on there account .
As a tax payer, I would much rather feed a child than throw it away. I would rather feed a child than to give food stamps to a crack head.
My number is 770 871 8811 the next time we can't feed a kid for forty cent, please call me . We will scrape up the money. This is what the world has come to”
In response to the post, the school district informed Cook that he could either be suspended for two weeks after issuing a public apology via Facebook, or lose his position as a bus driver without issuing an apology. Cook chose to stand by his statement and he was relieved of his duties by the district.
Cook’s story captured the attention of the ACLU, which is supporting Cook as he fights back against the district. According to MyFoxAtlanta, Cook, his attorneys and the ACLU are claiming that the driver’s First Amendment rights were violated. The school district is arguing that Cook violated its social media policy, which prevents employees from using the network for critical reasons.
A daughter’s Facebook status update cost her family $80,000.
Patrick Snay, 69, recently won an age discrimination lawsuit against Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami. He was employed by the school as headmaster for several years until the school did not renew his contract in 2010.
Snay was awarded $80,000 from the case, reports the Miami Herald.
The catch to the agreement was that he and his wife were prohibited from talking about the settlement.
His daughter, Dana, a student at Boston College and part-time barista at Starbucks, breached the agreement when she posted a status update to Facebook.
“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver,” Dana Snay posted. “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
Dana’s post was seen by her 1,200 Facebook friends, many of which are current and former Gulliver students.
The post quickly made its way back to the school’s attorneys, who informed Snay he had violated the agreement and they would not pay.
Judge Linda Ann Wells overturned the case ruling and the $80,000 settlement.
“Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do,” Wells wrote. “His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.”
Snay defends telling his daughter about the settlement because he had to tell her something as she suffers from “psychological scars” from her time at the school and she knew her parents were in mediation.
“We knew what the restrictions were, yet we needed to tell her something,” Snay said.
A motion for a rehearing and an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court may be filed by Snay, but attorney Bradley Shear says the odds of Snay winning his money back are slim.
“It depends on the terms of the confidentiality contract; each one is different, but the damage is likely done,” Shear told Yahoo Shine. “Some confidentiality agreements stipulate that the client cannot tell people who are not involved in the case: others prohibit anyone from knowing. Facebook is a public forum, even if her profile is set to private, and that’s where the mistake was made.”
A Memphis teen posted a series of photos showing off a collection of guns, drugs and cash mere hours before his best friend killed him as they played with one of the guns.
Cartrail Robertson was only 13 years old, but somehow was able to get a hold of numerous of weapons. In one picture he posted on Facebook on Monday, he is seen holding a .357Magnum pistol in one hand, a wad of $100 bills in the other, all while smoking marijuana.
Authorities say Robertson was shot dead by his 15-year-old friend Darrin Wilson on Tuesday morning. It is believed they were playing with the gun at around 3 a.m. at another friend’s house when the weapon accidentally went off.
Wilson was arrested and taken to juvenile detention. He is charged with reckless homicide, according to ABC News.
Vince Higgins of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said the investigation as to how the two young teens got a hold of the guns is still on going.
Officers are also investigating other photos uploaded by the two friends where they throw out apparent gang signs and wave semi-automatic weapons.
One photo shows a teen pointing a gun into the face of another.
Neighbors said they were shocked to hear about the incident and to hear how young the victim was.
“Thirteen. Still a baby,” Walter Holston said, according to the New York Daily News.
Dumping badly injured or dead pit bulls is common for dog fighters who do not want to be identified but must rid themselves of animals that bare the horrific wounds of a lost battle in a bloody, inescapable pit.
We must never forget and never forgive that dog fighting has other victims than just the dogs—those who find these dead and dying dumped animals also do not deserve the pain they experience.
Because of their compassion for the dog’s suffering and their anger toward the person who raised or obtained it only to betray its trust—those who find the wounded and dying dogs agonize forever over the senseless cruelty and the gruesome images and memories etched in their minds and hearts.
An example of this just occurred in Muskegon County, Michigan, where Joe and Gail Weaver found two dead pit bulls on the side of the road—bloody and frozen. The dogs were discovered with apparent bite wounds to their faces, on Hyde Park Road, near McMillan Elementary School on Sunday afternoon, reports WZZM.13.
Joe Weaver removed the covers on the side of a frozen road to show the two pit bulls, and, after warning that some WZZM 13 viewers might want—or need--to look away, he said,” Looks like something just ripped their face right off, their teeth, they were definitely fought."
"No tracks were here so they just kind of got dumped from the road like a piece of garbage," Joe Weaver said.
"I'm so sad people would do that to an animal, just so sad, I cried all night" says the still tearful and grieving Gail Weaver, Joe's wife.
Weaver posted the pictures on Facebook, which were shared by others dozens of times, hoping to link the dogs to the abysmal person who could cause and enjoy this carnage.
Muskegon County animal control took the two pit bulls to a local veterinarian to examine the bodies, indicating that the lack of microchips makes it almost impossible to link them to an owner. The examination is expected to take a couple of days.
The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office is involved in the investigation. Muskegon County Sheriff's deputies were also contacted concerning the gruesome discovery and sent an officer to the scene.
The exact location where the dogs’ bodies were found is near Hyde Park and McMillan roads in Fruitland Township. This is near McMillan Elementary School in the Reeth-Puffer school district, according to Lt. Shane Brown.
OTHERS WHO CARE
Michele Barnes of the non-profit Michele’s Rescue has also become involved in the case, working with the citizens who found the animals and trying to generate information for police. She placed seven photographs of the dogs on her Facebook page so those with information can contact authorities.
“Not much doubt about it; it was dog fighting,” Michelle Barnes states, “It is a major problem in Muskegon County. All they had to do was let the dogs go.”
But the dead animals…have galvanized those reading about the discovery on Facebook.
Michele’s Rescue put up the first $100 in reward money leading to those responsible for the dog deaths and discarding them along the side of the road. By mid-day Monday, the reward funds had reached more than $600
“Make the dog fighters pay!” Michele’s youcaring.com page is entitled. “Reward for Information!"
THE HUMANE SOCIETY ALSO OFFERS A REWARD
Also, Up to a $5,000 reward is offered by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Callers’ identities are protected.
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Milton Wolf, a physician, is accused of posting gruesome X-ray photos and making fun of patients on his Facebook page.
Wolf, who is running for Sen. Pat Roberts’ seat in the Kansas primary, allegedly posted a collection X-ray images to Facebook, including gunshot wounds and other injuries, writing graphic captions and macabre jokes.
One of the images was an X-ray of a patient “decapitated” by gunshots.
“One of my all-time favorites,” wrote Wolf, a board-certified diagnostic radiologist licensed in 2004. “From my residency days there was a pretty active ‘knife and gun club’ at Truman Medical Center. What kind of gun blows somebody’s head completely off? I’ve got to get one of those.”
“It reminds (me) of the scene from Terminator 2,” he continued, “when they shoot the liquid metal terminator guy in the face at close range and it kind of splits him open temporarily almost like a flower blooming. We all find beauty in different things.”
Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo., where Wolf obtained the decapitation X-ray, said Friday that they wouldn’t have given Wolf permission to use the image in that manner.
In another post he describe repositioning a deceased gunshot victim’s head for an X-ray.
When a Facebook friend wrote, “Seriously?”, Wolf responded, “Sheesh Melissa, it’s not like the patient was going to complain.”
That post was made before the victim’s funeral, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Tim Carpenter.
Wolf told Carpenter in an interview that he considers his Facebook page a educational hub. He did not answer a direct question from Carpenter as to whether he had permission to post the images online.
“It’s an educational thing for people,” Wolf replied. “I take my charge of being a doctor very seriously.”
That page has since been taken down and replaced with a page focusing on Wolf’s senatorial campaign.
Jerry Slaughter, executive director of the Kansas Medical Society, said no healthcare provider has a right to post images of criminal violence or accidental injury suffered by patients.
“If it's patient information, identifiable in any way, it's inappropriate,” Slaughter said. “Absent any legitimate educational purpose or context, this is not ethical behavior.”
Kansas House Republican Rep. Barbara Bollier, a retired doctor who taught in a bioethics master’s program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, said Wolf could be reported to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts as a potential violation of professional conduct by the radiologist.
“I am surprised,” Bollier said. “I've never heard of another physician doing this.”
Incumbent Roberts says the images raise questions about Wolf’s viability as a candidate.
“For any doctor to make patient records public and then use the records for public discussion and entertainment is just unthinkable,” said Roberts’ spokesman Leroy Towns. “Allegations of such lack of judgment demand extensive scrutiny and investigation.”
Lorraine Walls wanted to make sure her daughter Luticia knew what she was doing on Facebook was wrong. She took to shaming her in a video to get the point across.
When Lorraine found out what her daughter was doing she took swift action by banning Luticia from using social media.
But that's not all.
Lorraine filmed her daughter getting “chewed out” about the entire ordeal and posted the embarrassing video on Facebook for all her friends to see.
“Tell them that you can’t be on Facebook,” Lorraine says to Luticia in the video.
“I can’t be on Facebook,” Luticia repeats.
“I can’t have a boyfriend,” the mother continues.
“I can’t have a boyfriend,” Luticia says.
“I’m reading my Bible, get your Bible, show them that you’re reading your Bible,” Lorraine adds.
Many viewers of the video believe Lorraine went too far when she said she would “beat the hell” out of Luticia if she went online again, reports Metro.
Lorraine defended the video, after it had reached 500,000 views.
“She doesn’t get whoopins, she’s not getting beat, she doesn’t get abused,” Lorraine said. “We have to save our youth. We got too many laying out there dead because of gun shot wounds, we got too many that’s coming up pregnant.”
This was not the first time Luticia had planned a fight via Facebook. She was suspended from school for it once before.
Social media giant Facebook made viral headlines across the web, including on its own platform, when the company announced that it would be acquiring mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion on Wednesday. The acquisition itself was not surprising, as Facebook has been known to pursue any services that rival or surpass its own Messenger app. The exorbitant price Facebook paid for WhatsApp is what seemed the most outrageous.
Although WhatsApp is a popular, widely used service, its effect on popular culture is nowhere near that of Facebook. Still, the app’s ability to send messages, photos and videos via Wifi or data has made it successful in the international market, allowing individuals and groups to communicate for free across country lines. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the acquisition had global implications.
WhatsApp “doesn’t get as much attention in the U.S. as it deserves because its community started off growing in Europe, India and Latin America. But WhatsApp is a very important and valuable worldwide communication network. In fact, WhatsApp is the only widely used app we’ve ever seen that has more engagement and a higher percent of people using it daily than Facebook itself,” Zuckerberg said.
According to The Blaze, Facebook is paying around $42 per WhatsApp user during the acquisition, as the service has over 450 million monthly active users. Reports vary about how long it will likely take Facebook to regain that sum, but it’s undeniable that the company has purchased a service that could have risen to become one of its primary competitors. The ability to squash a competitor’s growth may be victory enough, especially regarding Zuckerberg’s failure to buy messaging service Snapchat even after offering the company's young founders $3 billion. Access to WhatsApp's surplus of data regarding international consumers is also highly valuable for Facebook's marketing team.
Despite the recent acquisition, Facebook maintains that not much will change regarding WhatsApp. The company is going to keep its original office space, and the app is to remain separate from Facebook’s main app. WhatsApp has an office of 55 employees, all of whom are to be granted company stock worth a total of $3 billion.