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According to KUTV, a middle school vice principal at Bennion Jr. High in Taylorsville, Utah who was found to have used a racial slur against a Black 8th grade girl has been transferred to another school.
"The employee was put on paid leave while the district investigated and they’ve now concluded the administrator did use the racial slur," reported Jim Spiewak. "The family called for the employee to be fired but after their investigation the Granite School District transferred him to another school within the district."
"'It did happen, a vice principal used the N-word,' said Tyler Ayres an attorney representing the girl’s family," said the report. "Ayres said the fact that the vice principal was not fired and instead transferred to another school is not acceptable. 'This decision says, don’t say it twice but one time you basically get a free pass,' Ayres said."
"After the incident the district met with Rae Duckworth of Black Lives Matter Utah," the report continued. "'That’s a disappointment, to be able to do something that traumatic to a child and then just be allowed to move to the next school,' Duckworth said. Duckworth said the district has taken steps to be more inclusive but more still needs to be done adding 'I can’t say that they ended racism, I can say that they removed a racist from the school.'"
Taylorsville has been the site of other racial controversies. In 2015, a Black resident said the neighbors vandalized his home and shouted racial slurs at him while he was doing yard work.
Nor is this the first report of racial incidents on a school campus in Utah. Last November, University of Utah students allegedly shouted the N-word at a Black contractor from the upper floor of a residence hall and pelted him with sunflower seeds.
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Fox News host Steve Doocy continued his defense of the FBI against attacks by Republican lawmakers by pushing back against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday.
The "Fox & Friends" host he has consistently defended the work of FBI agents following the execution of a search warrant at Donald Trump's private Mar-A-Lago resort, which Paul suggested was politically motivated and improper.
"This is part of the same people who are still running the FBI," Paul said. "They have a different understanding, maybe, of what they think the FBI can and cannot do and how it should be used on Americans, but I'm going to require proof that there was actually some sort of probable cause of a crime, and I'm suspicious that there was not."
Doocy agreed that Congress had oversight authority on the Department of Justice and its investigators, but he warned Paul that baseless attacks had imperiled the lives of federal employees.
"The problem is, over the last week or so there has been so much violent rhetoric directed at the FBI, and I heard somebody printed that it stands for 'Fascist Bureau of Investigation; or something like that. Unfortunately now the people who work at the FBI headquarters, there are death threats and all sorts of stuff. I heard from a staff member there who was talking to a colleague at the FBI, a colleague realized, 'Oh, look, I'm wearing the wrong shoes today to work,' because if somebody attacks the building and they've got to run, can't run in those heels, so they caught in the crosshairs."
Paul agreed those threats were inappropriate, but he then justified the anger toward federal investigators and said he had experienced worse.
"I think the death threats are inappropriate and not the way to go about it," Paul said. "There's the political process. The problem is that the people in charge of Congress, the Democrats, have not been interested in or curious in investigating anything. We have a million people who died from Covid, and I haven't had one hearing on the origin. We finally did a couple weeks ago. I insisted on hearing, and the Democrats didn't come to my hearing. The thing is there's been a lack of curiosity on the part of investigation, but there's no excuse for threats to the FBI, and the thing is, look, and they're not the only one getting threats. I've had probably over 50 threats this year. Sometimes i can have a dozen in a week. We have my address posted online, we have people who are wishing me ill will, injury, all the time."
\u201cFox\u2019s Steve Doocy explains the real-world consequences of Republicans' FBI-bashing to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY):\n\n\u201c[An FBI staff member] realized, \u2018Oh, look. I\u2019m wearing the wrong shoes today to work, because if somebody comes and attacks the building \u2026 I can\u2019t run in these heels.\u2019\u201d\u201d— The Recount (@The Recount) 1660829826
By Jason Lange
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Half of U.S. Republicans say federal law enforcement officials behaved irresponsibly since searching former President Donald Trump's Florida home for classified documents taken from the White House, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found this week.
FBI agents on Aug. 8 removed 11 sets of classified records from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, some of which were labeled "top secret," a status reserved for the most sensitive U.S. national security information.
Trump announced that the search had taken place and has alleged without providing evidence that it was a politically motivated act, while Democratic President Joe Biden's Justice Department has said it is applying the law impartially.
The two-day Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Wednesday suggests Republican voters could be largely siding with Trump despite the Republican Party's longstanding support for law enforcement.
Still, a significant slice of Republican respondents backed the FBI in the poll, a view closer to those of prominent Republicans such as former Vice President Mike Pence who on Wednesday called on the party to stop attacking the agency.
Fifty-four percent of Republican respondents said the FBI and Justice Department have behaved irresponsibly following the Mar-a-Lago search, compared to 23% who said they behaved responsibly. The rest said they didn't know.
Views on the unprecedented search reflect the nation's polarized politics. While Republicans have mostly lined up behind Trump, 71% of Democrats and about half of independents said federal law enforcement has acted responsibly.
Four days after the search, the Justice Department confirmed it was investigating whether the Espionage Act had been violated when documents were removed from the White House and taken to Trump's home.
U.S. media organizations on Thursday will ask a federal judge to release the evidence that the Justice Department submitted to convince a court it had probable cause to believe a crime had been committed.
Trump remains wildly popular among Republicans and is considering a 2024 presidential run.
The FBI has warned that threats against federal law enforcement have increased since the Mar-a-Lago search.
Concerns about political violence have surged since the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters who tried to stop lawmakers from certifying Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.
Three days after the search of Trump's home, an armed man with right-wing views tried to breach an FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was shot dead by police following a car chase and gun battle.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll showed 85% of Americans think it is unacceptable for someone in their political party to commit violence to achieve a political goal. But among Republicans and Democrats alike, 12% of respondents said that kind of violence was OK.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in English throughout the United States. The latest poll gathered responses from 1,005 adults, including 436 Democrats and 387 Republicans. It has a credibility interval - a measure of precision - of four percentage points.
(Reporting by Jason Lange; Additional reporting by Rose Horowitch; Editing by Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis)