January 7, 2014

Charles Oliver: School officials all thumbs with finger injury

Charles Oliver

— • Amazing Johnson, 6, got the tip of her finger sliced off when she caught it in a door at school. But officials at Hughes Road Elementary School in Texas didn’t call 911 or take her to the hospital. They called her parents to get her. “How is this not an emergency and her finger is in a bag?” asked her mother. School officials said they would have called 911 if they hadn’t been able to reach the parents or if they thought the injury was life threatening.

• A Danish court has found Firoozeh Bazrafkan, an artist of Iranian descent, guilty of violating the nation’s anti-racism law and fined her 5,000 kroners (about $915). The court found that Bazrafkan “derided and degraded a group simply based on their faith” when she posted on her blog that “Muslim men around the world rape, abuse and kill their daughters.”

• The Canadian military is requiring wounded soldiers not to criticize officers, say anything that might discourage others in uniform or post their opinions on any military subjects on social media. The Joint Personnel Support Unit, which is tasked with helping the wounded, says the policy isn’t aimed at stifling criticism but merely at reminding them of proper use of social media.

• A man, who wasn’t identified by local media, was robbed at gunpoint while he changed a flat tire on Interstate 5 near Chula Vista, Calif. The California Highway Patrol responded to the robbery report then impounded his car as evidence.

• Scottish officials have moved Paris Green from a women’s prison after he kept having sex with other inmates. Green, born Peter Lainge, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in the torture and murder of Robert Shankland. Because he said he is transgendered and identifies as a women, the court sentenced him to a female prison. Officials still aren’t switching him to a male prison but to another female prison where they say they can keep a better eye on him.

• Ohio State Trooper Jacob Daymon crashed his patrol car into the rear of a motorcycle, seriously injuring the two people on it. Video from car’s dashboard camera shows Daymon didn’t swerve or brake before hitting the motorcycle, and Daymon says he didn’t even see it. An investigation found Daymon was speeding and using his in-car computer at the time of the accident. A court convicted Daymon of one misdemeanor count of failing to maintain a safe distance and fined him $150 and suspended his license for six months. The court then issued an exception to that suspension so that he could continue to drive at work.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.