4 Students Bring Small Confederate Flags To Cafeteria… Pure Chaos Ensues, Leaves School Reeling

A Confederate flag incident at a Florida high school last week started with a small fight and escalated to reports of mass gun violence to be perpetrated against students this week.

The incident occurred last Thursday at Westport High School in Ocala, when four students brought small Confederate flags to school and began waving them during lunch.

“An African-American student at the school was offended by the flags and punched one of the students. She was given a juvenile civil citation for hitting, and the four students who brought the flags were being disciplined by the school, officials said,” according to WFTV. 

“Poor decisions of a few of our students led to this,” West Port Principal Jayne Ellspermann said Friday about the incident, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.

Ocala police Sgt. Robie Bonner told the news outlet that numerous parents called the station over the weekend to report threats of possible violence at the school Monday being posted online. Investigators responded by interviewing dozens of students Sunday.

“There were no credible threats,” Booner said.

According to WFTV, approximately 1600 of the school’s 2600 students stayed home on Monday, nonetheless, based on the online rumors.

Ocala police beefed up security at the high school, sending in nine officers to patrol the campus.

West Port principal Jayne Ellspermann, who was national principal of the year in 2014, said the district is now going through the online threats and tracking down the sources of other rumors. Those found to be involved may face discipline for “causing a school disruption,” the Banner reports.

“I want her to go to school for the socialization aspect, but I’m like, ‘Do I just keep her home and do online schooling?’ I don’t want to do that, but it makes me kind of consider venturing into that,” parent Vanessa Smith told WFTV.

As reported by Western Journalism, a bill is being considered in the Florida legislature that would ban the Confederate flag from all state property.

h/t: The American Mirror 

What These 3 Letters Spell Out On New Fla. License Plates Have Some Drivers LIVID

Some Orange County, Florida residents are complaining about the license plates they were issued. The plates are so offensive to some drivers that they’re refusing to drive their cars until they’re able to swap out their plates for a new one.

The license plates in question spell the word “GAY.” Driver Craig Lukas recently purchased a car with his partner and was given one of the “GAY” license plates. Lukas, who says he “prefers to remain quiet” about his lifestyle, was offended that the state would issue a license plate.

Some states, like Maryland, have “objectionable plate lists” in which over 4000 words and letter combinations are banned from being used on license plates. Personalized plates or “vanity plates” in Maryland are subjected to scrutiny to ensure the content on the personalized plates are not offensive or objectionable.

Scott Calvert of the Baltimore Sun wrote, “State law allows the MVA to deny tags that have a scatological or sexual meaning; use curse words, epithets or obscenities; carry a “fraudulent or deceptive purpose” (FBI and CIA are banned); refer to illegal acts (sorry, no HEROIN or KILLALL) or convey messages about a group’s race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability.”

WFTV Channel 9 interviewed Lukas. “There are plenty of combinations out there that they state could have used,” he said. “It was a definite oversight on the part of the state as far as I’m concerned.”

Kelly Quintero, Communications Director with the Orange County Tax Collector’s office replied to WFTV, “These plates have been vetted by the state and we see no issue with them.” Another official from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that the plates were only given out in the Orlando, FL, area. If a customer is unhappy, the official told WFTV, they can exchange the plates.

Another reporter, John Wright of Towleroad opined about the scandal, “Who knows, maybe some homophobes at the DMV ordered the “GAY” license plates because they’re angry still about the legalization of same-sex marriage. Or perhaps it was an LGBT employee who wanted to rub it in the face of the department.”

Group Flies Confederate Flag Over State Capitol, But It’s The 4 Words Next To It That Has Dems FURIOUS

A group seeking to protest a bill that would ban the display of the Confederate flag on Florida state property flew an airplane banner of the flag over the state capital on Tuesday.

The banner flown over Tallahassee, which belongs to the group Save Southern Heritage, also promised, “We’ll Remember in Nov.”

“We want to let the legislature know that there are a lot of Floridians watching what happens,” David McCallister, a Save Southern Heritage spokesperson, told the media. “These initiatives are draconian, expensive and irreversible. Once history is gone, it’s gone.”

The group tweeted about its flyover:

Breitbart reported, “Another measure making its way through the legislature is Senate Bill 310, intended to remove the statue of Florida’s Confederate Lt. General E. Kirby Smith from the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington D.C.” 

Some responded on Twitter to the sight of the airplane banner.

Also on Tuesday, a rally was held on the capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss., to protest the removal of the Confederate symbol from the state’s flag. Between 100 and 200 people were in attendance.

“Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said this week that it’s his belief it is time for a new flag. The state legislature could implement such a change or put it on the ballot as a referendum and let voters decide,” UPI reported

Last July, in the wake of the Charleston shooting, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and several other state leaders oversaw the moving of the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds to the state museum.

“There is a place for that flag; it’s not in a place that represents all people in South Carolina,” she said

Driver Sees 5 Children In Dirty Diapers About To Cross Busy Highway Alone – It Gets Worse…

Five unaccompanied children, ages 1 to 5, wearing only heavily soiled diapers, were stopped by a motorist as they attempted to cross highway U.S. 19 north of Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday morning during rush hour.

The motorist found no parent or caretaker nearby and contacted the police.

At approximately 9 A.M., deputies arrived on scene in Spring Hill, about 40 miles north of Tampa. They learned that the children were trying to cross the highway to get to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

“The children were too young to tell deputies their names or who their parents were,” WFLA reported. “Deputies say the youngest child, a female, had a severe rash on various parts of her body.”

The police called in paramedics to examine the five further.

After the deputies were at the location for about 30 minutes, Samantha McCarthy, 24, showed up, saying that she was responsible for caring for the children. She told the police that she was sleeping, and the children must have somehow gotten out of their room at the nearby Motel 6.

Deputies questioned the woman about the skin infection/rash on the 1-year-old, which paramedics believed was likely weeks old. McCarthy said it had been present for a few days, and that she was planning to take the child to the doctor later on Tuesday.

Authorities confirmed that she had no mode of transportation and made no appointment to take the child to see a physician.

Deputies called in the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which conducted an inspection of the hotel room and discovered minimal clothing and no food for the children. 

DCF took the children into protective custody and had the 1-year-old transported immediately to a local hospital for treatment.

McCarthy was arrested and charged with child neglect.

By Saying 2 Words At A McDonald’s Drive-Thru, One Woman Made 250 People’s Day

The Christmas spirit permeated a McDonald’s drive-thru line in Florida for six hours, and it all started with a simple two-word request.

Torie Keene started it all at the McDonald’s in Lakeland last Wednesday. The woman handed her card over to cashier Marisabel Figueroa and said that she would like to pay for the car behind her. Keene’s only request is that Figueroa tell the recipient “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays,” when delivering the news that the meal was already paid.

When each person learned of the generous act of the one ahead, they felt inspired to do the same; and so it went for the next 250 cars, lasting from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The pay-it-forward chain went on for almost the entire length of the cashier’s shift, but finally came to an end when the 250th customer arrived at the window. “She was speechless,” Figueroa told Bay News 9. “She said, ‘What do I do?’ And I said, ‘You just have a Merry Christmas,’ and she went off, and it stopped right there.”

Figueroa told ABC News that “It kept going and going. After the 15th car I started tally marking the number of people that were participating on a piece of paper,” she continued.

She added that she had “never experienced something like that before” in the 12 years she has worked for McDonald’s. “I feel very blessed to have been a part of all that.”

After seeing the story in the news, Keene reached out to the cashier, telling her how surprised she was at what she inadvertently started. “[I] was only trying to brighten someone’s day,” she said. 

Similar pay-it-forward chains have happened at other locations in recent years. In July of this year, 215 customers passed along the good will at a Chick-fil-A near Savannah, Georgia. On Christmas Eve 2013, nearly 1500 customers paid it forward at a Starbucks drive-thru near Hartford, Connecticut.

Who knows, the next one just might be near you.

h/t: Fox News and Liftable