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14-year-old old girl hangs herself after arrest for fighting back against ‘relentless’ bullying

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A Missouri teenager committed suicide after her parents say she was bullied on Facebook and arrested after a resulting fight at school, Fox59 reports.

Destiny Gleason, 14, hanged herself from a pull-up bar in her bedroom last Wednesday using an extension cord, and her parents want to know why more wasn’t done to protect her from “relentless” bullying by about six girls.

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“At one point they took some photo of some random person’s private parts and put Destiny’s name across it and spread it around the school,” her mom, Stephanie Clark, told Fox59. “Anything they could possibly do to hurt her and bring her down.”

Her stepfather, Kurtis Clark, told the station that officials at Black Hawk Middle School, where Destiny was a student, were aware of the bullying but did little to stop it.

“We tried to be there for her as much as possible and do everything that we possibly could,” he told Fox59. “It would have been nice if somebody else would have too, instead of just saying we are going to talk to them, or we had a talk with them and telling them not to talk to each other.”

Destiny recorded a video of herself responding to her tormentors, saying, “The words you call me are just words. That’s not who I really am. That’s not what I’ll ever be.”

The bullying resulted in a fight at school last week, and Destiny was taken away in handcuffs and charged with assault. As a result, she was set to start intensive behavioral therapy.

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But instead, Destiny opened Facebook and saw posts about the fight. Whatever she read drove her to get an extension cord and hang herself, Fox59 reports.

“Words matter,” her mother said. “That old saying, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ – well, they will and we lost our daughter because of words.”

Watch the report, from Fox59, here:

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High school wrestling coach posted photo that mocked George Floyd’s death — but insists ‘I’m not a racist’

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A high school wrestling coach in the town of Spanaway, Washington drew criticism this week after he wrote a Facebook post that mocked the death of George Floyd and defended the police officers involved in the tragedy.

Local news station KOMO reports that wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck this week posted a photo of himself smiling and giving a thumbs-up signal while another person put their knee on the back of his neck -- a clear reference to the video showing a police officer with his knee on George Floyd's neck shortly before he died.

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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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