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Black student burned with hot glue gun in Missouri high school’s latest racist incident

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A white student at Missouri’s Ladue Horton Watkins High School reportedly burned a black student with a hot glue gun in a racially motivated attack — the latest in a series of racially charged incidents that have taken place at the high school since the election of Republican Donald Trump as president.

The St. Louis American reported that police are investigating the incident, which took place two days after Election Day.

Students walked out of class on Wednesday over an incident on a school bus in which white students chanting “Trump! Trump! Trump!” ordered their black classmates to sit at the back of the bus.

Lynette Hamilton — the mother of the burned boy — posted Tuesday Nov. 15 on Facebook that white a student cornered her son in a classroom on Thursday Nov. 10, taunted and insulted him and then gave him a “third-degree burn” on his arm with a hot glue gun. The student, she said, also poured hot glue on the victim’s chair so that he was burned again when he sat down.

Hamilton wrote that she went to the school on Friday to speak with principal Brad Griffith, but was told that she needed to make an appointment. On Tuesday when she posted, Hamilton said the principal had still not contacted her.

“This is sickening, what is happening to our children and the response and action the district is taking when it comes to African-American students,” said Hamilton. “It saddens me.”

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Student Tajah Walker was one of the black students ordered to sit in the back of the school bus. She participated in the student walkout on Wednesday and told the American that she feels shaken in her confidence that she is safe at school.

“I literally had a mental breakdown in the middle of the school day yesterday,” she said at Wednesday’s walkout and rally.

In her Facebook post, Lynette Hamilton said that the school — which is located in Ladue, a suburb of St. Louis not far from Ferguson, MO — has long had a history of racial strife.

“After an anti-racism/bullying meeting today,” she said, “I learned that this problem has been in this district for years and years now. With little to no consequences. Get to the back of the bus, being burned and being told get on the ship to go back to Africa is just a piece of what this district has going on and try to sweep it all under the rug.”

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“I’m only a sophomore, yet I’ve had so many racial issues already,” said a student who did not wish to be named in a statement addressed to school officials. “From the two years that I have been here, I’ve already had so many racial issues — and the only time you have done something about it is when you get busted for it.”

Students have said they plan to protest every day for the time being.

“We have to continue doing this,” said a speaker at Wednesday’s walkout, “until we can go to school and not feel threatened.”

Watch video of the walkout and protest, embedded below:

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If Trump really believed he was falsely accused ‘that is not a corrupt motive’ for removing the special counsel: Bill Barr

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Attorney General William Barr told Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that if President Donald Trump really and truly thought he was being falsely accused of collaborating with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, that it was "not a corrupt motive" for firing Robert Mueller, a stunning statement from the nation's highest law enforcement officer.

"As a matter of law, I think the department's position would be that the president can direct the termination or the replacement of a special counsel," said Barr. "And as a matter of law, the obstruction statute does not reach that conduct."

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2020 Election

Trump ‘shirking his duty to protect the country’ by ignoring Russia election threat: Ex-CIA agent

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Ex-CIA agent Evan McMullin told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was "shirking his duty to protect the country" by ignoring the fact that Russia plans to attack the 2020 election.

"He's shirking his responsibility to protect the country," McMullin said. "We are in a new era of information warfare."

"Countries can be defeated without a shot being fired," he went on. "We just learned from the Mueller report that the president was aware that we were undergoing, as a country, an information warfare attack during 2016. He sought to benefit from it."

"A lot of times we say 'look, the president's ego is wounded' when we talk about how the Russians attacked us, and may have helped him get elected," McMullin continued. "But I actually think that we are a little naive to buy into that narrative. I think that is a fig leaf for the president. How can we ignore that this president barely won the electoral college?"

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Elections 2016

White House made it clear they were ‘trying to hide’ evidence from Mueller: Omarosa

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Omarosa Manigault, former political aide to President Donald Trump, told MSNBC Wednesday that the while the White House never "directly" ordered her to destroy documents related to the Mueller report, they made it quite clear they were "trying to hide" evidence.

"He wants to run out the clock," Manigault said. "He thinks he can run down the clock and that people will stop being concerned about it. We should really not just focus about what he is telling people to do or say, but how he's asked people to destroy documents, to destroy e-mails, in my case two boxes of campaign-related materials that the White House still has in their possession, that they claim they don't have or don't know what happened to it."

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