Deep in the Heart of Texas

“Two softball coaches at a Texas high school are being sued after allegedly confining a teenaged girl in a locked room, forcing her to confirm her sexual orientation, then outing her to her parents before ejecting her from the softball team. The lawsuit states that the school district defended the actions by saying the teachers were “legally obligated” to inform the parents of the child’s sexuality.” [Raw Story]


It really is none of their damn bidniz.

Unlawful confinement of a minor, coercion, violation of civil rights, child abuse…

Sue the board for $$–not enough to cripple them, but enough to make them think 10000 times before doing something this stupid again. Take away the teaching licenses and accreditation of those responsible for a while. Fire the principal.

Some folks might go… well how are they going to feed their families? It’s the same why I feel about engineers who break the code of conduct I have to follow everyday at work. What’s the point of having a code if you can’t punish those who can’t or are unable to use the powers given to them responsibly. Anyone that stupid shouldn’t be teaching/coaching kids.

Kilgore, of course, is most famous for the Rangerettes at Kilgore College.

Could one sue each member of the school board individually? Would that at least force them to consider the individual cost of forcing one to sue them as a whole, which might make them settle individually, on the cheap? Would not a few of them settling make compelling precident in the eventual suit against the district?

I might have made a good lawyer, I think.

@ManchuCandidate: I go: Fuck them. That, there, is child abuse. That there is a kind of rape. They should lose their livelihoods.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I’m with you, big guy. Sue them back into the Stone Age. Oh wait…

Rhonda Fletcher and Cassandra Newell are the coaches. Their names should be included in every article or comment about this situation. Their stupidity and immaturity should follow them for the rest of their miserable lives.

And plus, the coaches would seem to be gay and jealous.

In other news, the new Jeopardy heartthrob gave pretty convincing evidence of being of the str8 persuasion when he named Richard Rogers as the composer of Show Boat. It is disappointing I know, but we will all just have to learn to cope and try to move on with our lives.

In other other news… Vicodin is calling.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Given this case will eventually wind up going to the Fifth Circuit, home of the you’re going to cheer on your rapist and then pay the school district for suing them, not to mention a shithole of terrible civil rights and environmental caselaw, I have no hope for a lawsuit of any type succeeding.

That said, Elena Kagan plays softball and might be sympathetic to the young woman…

@SanFranLefty: Did we take this state from Mexico for a reason? Wouldn’t it have been smarter to let it remain an independent republic?

@SanFranLefty: I would submit that even the hideous 5th Circuit won’t sanction such behavior, but I have been wrong before. And I agree with everyone here – sue them until the scream.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One:

Why did we invade Iraq?

One word:


Same reason.

In defense of Texas, it’s not like it’s South Crackolina, Mississippi, or Arizona…

@SanFranLefty: A distinction without much of a difference, but I see what you mean.

The school newspaper should send reporters to sniff Fletcher and Newell’s faces.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Then why else? The cows? Manifest Destiny of the U.S.? It’s been a while since I took Texas history…

@SanFranLefty: If memory serves, Texas wanted in because it was in an ongoing dispute with Mexico which never recognized Texas independence. And you know, we barely won the first war. Plus, the Republic was deeply in debt from the ongoing skirmishes with Mexico and the U.S. had the money to bail them out.

The Republic of Texas, for those of you who don’t know, was actually the state we know and love today plus parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. That was a shitload of land the U.S. could get on the cheap. And I recall my teacher saying something subversive (i.e. it wasn’t in the text) about Southern congressmen working with Sam Houston on this because they wanted to add more slave states to the union. Don’t know how true that is, though it wouldn’t surprise me in the least considering all the other machinations going on during this time period. Dates were never my thing, but I believe the Missouri Compromise occurred just a few years before Texas annexation.

As for oil … there were 2 unique provisions in the annexation treaty, one of which was that Texas didn’t have to give the feds any public land, which is why today Texas colleges have all that oil money.

the current jeopardy champ is indeed a hottie. a-dor-a-ble. kisses for your boo boo. isn’t vicodin a gift from god and merck? i’m not allowed to have it anymore. i would have to break a femur.

who ever heard of a PE teacher-fine, coach, who wasn’t the butchest thing in the building? including larry J. who started shaving in 9th grade?
tommie, you’re a good lawyer. sue them individually to timbuktu. of course the individual lawyers will gang up to broker a deal. fuck them too. at the least they should be fired. not too hopeful for damages.
FCS hits the nail on the, head.

manifest destiny lefty. a concept that makes me want to hurl.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: My Texas history teacher was a good old boy but my mom was also a history teacher and she said that it was all about slavery for blacks and second class citizenship for Hispanics. Her version was the Texians (i.e. non-Anglos) wanted to stay independent and/or go with Mexico, but that “too many” black were escaping to Texas and the Anglos wanted to be able to have slaves.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Rhonda Fletcher and Cassandra Newell should be forever shunned. The same goes for DeLynn Woodside, the Oklahoma teacher who caused a kid to be hauled off to a juvenile detention facility because he was using a permanent marker.

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