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ACLU: 10-year-old girl was arrested at school for drawing a picture that upset a parent

By HNN StaffPublished: Oct. 18, 2021 at 10:49 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 9:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii ACLU is demanding change from the state Department of Education and HPD following the arrest of a 10-year-old girl last year.

The incident happened last January at Honowai Elementary School in Waipahu.

The ACLU and an attorney for the family says the 10-year-old girl’s rights were violated when she was detained and questioned without her mom.

She was then handcuffed and brought to jail without being charged with a crime, the ACLU said.

“That’s just straight up wrong,” said ACLU of Hawaii Legal Director Wookie Kim. “And there’s nothing that condones or justifies that.”

In a letter to the DOE and HPD, the ACLU said the girl identified as “N.B.” — who has ADHD — participated in drawing an offensive sketch of another student in response to being bullied.

“The next day, a parent of one of the kids who received this drawing, was very upset and essentially demanded that they call the police,” said attorney Mateo Caballero, who is representing the student and her mother.

Hawaii News Now asked to see the drawing, but was denied.

“We don’t want it to be about the drawing,” said Cabellero. “This is about a 10-year-old Black girl who was arrested and there was no reason to believe that she was violent.”

“She didn’t bring any any weapons to school, she didn’t make any explicit threats to anyone.”

The ACLU said the school also detained the student’s mother, Tamara Taylor, in a room and would not let her see her daughter.

Taylor said officers told her that they were negotiating with a parent about the matter involving her daughter, and that she wasn’t allowed to speak with her.

“N.B. should have been allowed to be with her parent who was sequestered in another room in the same school at that very time as police officers were interrogating 10-year-old N.B.,” said Kim.

A few days after the incident, Taylor delivered a grievance letter to the school and Leeward District Complex Area Superintendent Keith Hui, which stated in part:

“Although I was at Honowai Elementary, I was not told that my daughter was removed from the premises, handcuffed in front of staff and her peers, placed into a squad car and taken away.”

“I was stripped of my rights as a parent and my daughter was stripped of her right to protection and representation as a minor. There was no understanding of diversity, African-American culture and the history of police involvement with African-American youth. My daughter and I are traumatized from these events and I’m disheartened to know that this day will live with my daughter forever.”

N.B. was released to her mother at the Pearl City Police Station.

“The HPD followed the proper protocol, but we must remember that the DOE is the complainant in this situation,” said retired federal agent Tommy Aiu. “They’re the ones that called HPD.”

“HPD must act on the complaint levied by the school and that’s why the child was taken into technical custody to the station then released to her parents.”

The ACLU said based on the comments made by officers that day, they believe N.B. was taken to the station because she wasn’t taking the situation seriously after she made a comment wondering what jail would be like.

“And for the consequence to be getting handcuffed because you express yourself in a way that maybe you didn’t realize, offended someone or harm someone else that is not the solution,” said Kim.

The ACLU is demanding the DOE and HPD adopt policies like forbidding staff to call police unless imminent threat of significant harm is presented and to consult with a school counselor before calling.

They also want it mandatory for a parent or guardian to be present when a minor is being questioned.

“Those kind of things should happen and get resolved at the school level because again, the pipeline to prison is not a good methodology,” said Aiu. “Absent of an actual threat, the school should try and work out, maybe a better way, a better path for the child.”

The DOE has said it does not have a comment in response to the letter.

HPD says it’s working with city attorneys to address the allegations.

Leeds students call for club boycott over drink spiking ‘epidemic’

19 October 2021Updated 20 October 2021

Lucy Thompson
Image caption,Student Lucy Thompson says bars and clubs have a duty of care to people and should do more to prevent spiking

Students in Leeds have called for a boycott of city bars and clubs to tackle an “epidemic” of drink spiking.

Organiser Lucy Thompson said more pressure needed to be put on venues to protect people after two of her friends were recently spiked.

Since calling for the boycott, she said she had been inundated with women who had been victims while out in Leeds.

One student, Charlotte, 21, said she collapsed and was “drifting in and out of consciousness” after being spiked.

The Night Time Industry Association (NTIA) said it had seen a rise in drink-spiking throughout the UK over recent weeks.

Meanwhile, posts on social media about drink spiking in Leeds were rife, according to students, with some reporting being spiked by injection.

West Yorkshire Police said it was investigating one case of spiking by injection reported in Leeds city centre on 13 October.

“We have spoken to the victim about this matter and enquiries are currently ongoing into the incident,” the force said.

The symptoms of drink spiking are often similar to being drunk, and include slurred speech, dizziness, drowsiness, sickness, headaches, confusion and passing out.

In response to attacks on her friends, Ms Thompson, 21, a second year Leeds University student, set up the Instagram page Girls Night In Leeds, urging students to boycott clubs and bars on Wednesday 27 October.

The post on Instagram
Image caption,Similar Instagram groups to the one in Leeds have been set up around the country urging students to protest over drink spiking

She said the reaction to her post had been “absolutely crazy”, with many students backing the call.

“There is an epidemic of drink spiking and it’s been going on for years. It’s about time we did something to enact change,” Ms Thompson said.

“A lot of the time, spiking gets misconstrued for being too drunk and we’ve heard from women that they’ve tried to get help from staff and bouncers and they’ve just been laughed at.”

Ms Thompson said there was “no coherent protocol” over drink spiking for bars and clubs to follow, so “these venues don’t necessarily do anything to help people or prevent it from happening in the first place”.

Group of friends drinking
Image caption,West Yorkshire Police said it was “absolutely committed” to ensuring the county was safe for women and girls

Charlotte, a third year student at Leeds Conservatoire, said she was out with friends on Sunday night when she believed she was spiked in the New Penny pub in the city centre.

She said she had only had a little to drink when she collapsed. She claimed the bouncers refused her friend’s request for help and instead assumed she was drunk.

“I had been working before I went out, so I hadn’t been drinking all night. I must have only had two drinks,” she said.

“I kind of remember seeing some people I knew, then after that I can’t recall a thing. The next thing I do remember is lying on the pavement outside and drifting in and out of consciousness.”

‘Genuine concerns’

Charlotte said there was a “total lack of sympathy and interest” from the taxi driver who took her to hospital and from medical staff.

She said since posting on social media about her ordeal, she had received many messages from women who had experienced the same and she supported the planned boycott.

In response to Charlotte’s claims, Neil Sowden, assistant manager at the New Penny pub, said “water and medical help” had been offered to her, but was “refused”.

He added: “At no point did anyone come back to door staff to ask for medical help.

“We do everything we can in our power to help anyone and we also do regular searches on the door.”

Det Supt Paula Bickerdike, from West Yorkshire Police, said officers “understand the genuine concerns that women have around their safety, particularly in the night-time economy”.

She added the force was “absolutely committed to doing everything we can alongside our partner agencies to make the county a safer place for women and girls”.

Michael Kill, NTIA chief executive officer, said venue operators had been working with police and local authorities “focusing on safeguarding customers, particularly women at night”.

He said measures introduced in some regions included protecting drinks through barrier mechanisms, swab-testing drinks for contamination and searching people

Tim Pool And His Creepy Friends Claim Squid Game Is About Communism.

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The Director Of “Squid Game” Says It’s About Capitalism, But It’s Really More Like Communism

BY MEGHAN DILLON·Oct 16th 2021·  9 min read

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I binged the new Netflix series “Squid Game” in two days, and I loved it. It’s not for everyone, as it’s incredibly gory, and I found myself having to take a breather between episodes. But if you liked “The Hunger Games,” you’ll also probably find “Squid Game” enjoyable and thought-provoking.

Squid Game follows Seong Gi-hun (played by South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae), a fortysomething Korean man with a gambling addiction who is in severe debt. He’s recruited to enter the Games alongside 455 other contestants where they play a series of six children’s games. Those who successfully complete all six games win a share of 45.6 billion won, which is equivalent to $38,460,271.20 USD.https://www.youtube.com/embed/oqxAJKy0ii4?rel=0&showinfo=0&autoplay=undefined&playsinline=1

However, there’s a sick twist. All eliminated players die.

Major spoilers are ahead.

The Director and Critics Praise Squid Game for Being Anti-Capitalist

Though the majority of the press surrounding Squid Game is due to its worldwide popularity, it’s also being praised for its supposedly anti-capitalist message. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk seemingly confirmed this sentiment when he said, “I wanted to write a story that was an allegory or fable about modern capitalist society, something that depicts an extreme competition, somewhat like the extreme competition of life. But I wanted it to use the kind of characters we’ve all met in real life. As a survival game, it is entertainment and human drama. The games portrayed are extremely simple and easy to understand. That allows viewers to focus on the characters, rather than being distracted by trying to interpret the rules.”

Since hating capitalism is trendy (think of popular hashtags like #eattherich), it didn’t take long for media outlets to praise Squid Game for its so-called anti-capitalist themes. I think it’s important to note that many of these outlets also praised the show for its storytelling and artistic direction (which I agree were amazing), but the anti-capitalist sentiments were the main themes of these reviews.

Buzzfeed News wrote, “These shows also share a common throughline: They all deal with inequality, capture the despair of poverty, and dissect class anxiety. Regardless of the country or language, capitalism is the shared villain in Netflix’s global successes. It’s a villain viewers everywhere can identify.”

Den of Geek wrote, “In our society, this kind of worker-vs-worker rhetoric takes the form of employers telling workers their workload is harder or they can’t go on vacation or get a raise because of fellow employees who leave or go on maternity leave… In reality, these are all normal aspects of managing a business that employers should plan for, and their failure to do so is not the fault of their workers. Much like in Squid Game, it benefits managers and owners if workers are too busy being mad at each other to have time or energy to fight the system and those who make unjust rules in the first place.”https://www.instagram.com/p/CUpka66jJyw/embed/?cr=1&v=14&wp=687&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eviemagazine.com&rp=%2Fpost%2Fdirector-squid-game-says-about-capitalism-actually-about-communism#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A2520.800000011921%7D

However, upon closer inspection, Squid Game appears to actually show communism and authoritarianism more than it depicts capitalism, and it’s all seen in the environment of the Games.

The Games are presented as a solution to the economic struggles of the contestants, similar to how communism is preached to those in financial distress. The harsh reality is that communism always ends in misery and bloodshed, and with an elite class exploiting everyone below them.https://embed.actionbutton.co/widget/widget-iframe.html?widgetId=SPK-REVBQg==

The Games Have a Micro Communist Setting Where the Elites Thrive

Squid Game is a survival drama, which has led to American audiences comparing it to The Hunger Games series. Both series are about average citizens fighting to the death for the elite to enjoy, and the winner of the Games is rewarded with unimaginable wealth, as well as severe PTSD for all of the violence they witnessed and took part in (as seen in how both Katniss and Gi-hun were traumatized by their victories).

The biggest difference between Squid Game and The Hunger Games is that The Hunger Games takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society, while Squid Game takes place in modern-day South Korea with more childlike games. However, a dystopian setting is created within the environment of the Games itself. Similar to The Hunger GamesSquid Game is all about poor people fighting to the death for the pleasure of the elites. In order to win the money, the majority of the contestants on Squid Game are stripped of their dignity, humiliated, and killed during the games. All while the elites watch and monitor the contestants.https://www.instagram.com/p/CUiQNrXjRwn/embed/?cr=1&v=14&wp=687&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eviemagazine.com&rp=%2Fpost%2Fdirector-squid-game-says-about-capitalism-actually-about-communism#%7B%22ci%22%3A1%2C%22os%22%3A2530.5%7D

After the first game, which is a “red light, green light” type of game, where contestants are eliminated (and killed) for not stopping during the “red light” portion, the contestants get a choice to leave the Games. While many contestants choose to leave the Games, they go back home to realize they’re still broke and feel meaningless. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it), the elites kept track of the contestants who left and invite them back. Many end up returning to fight to the death for the money, showing democracy is only an illusion. The elites knew they would be back.

When they return to the Games, the contestants play a game that requires them to be in a team of two. So, of course, the contestants pick the player they’re closest to. One picks his wife, only to find out that they’re pitted against each other and the loser dies. It’s really sickening, but the elites love it.

The Guise of “Equality”

The Games are run by a Front Man in a black mask, who we later learn is a previous winner of the Games, and he gives off serious President Snow vibes. Like Snow, he has been desensitized by the Games and has become a power-hungry tyrant as a result. 

The Front Man’s most disturbing moment comes in the fifth episode. After finding out that some of the guards recruited a contestant who used to be a doctor to harvest dead contestants’ organs (gross), the Front Man goes into a tirade about how equality is the most important aspect of the Games and executes the guards and the doctor for violating these rules. He believes that “equality” is important in the Games because all contestants face an oppressive and unequal world outside of the Games, implying that he’s a good and moral person for giving the contestants a fair shot, but there is no such thing as equality in the Games (for starters, you can never remove or level the inherent and unique qualities, talents, and experiences that individuals bring with them). 

This is also reminiscent of communist revolutionaries turned dictators like Vladimir Lenin of the Russian Revolution and Fidel Castro of the Cuban Revolution. Both men went on tirades about how they were good and moral people for giving their people equality, but all they did was make their people equally miserable and exploit them while they and other elites thrived.

Treating People Inhumanely

Similar to The Hunger Games, the elite class is entertained by the violent torture of average people in Squid Game. In the seventh episode, elite VIPs are invited to watch the final few games and bet on contestants to win. They treat it like how we treat watching sports or reality game shows, reminiscent of the violent practices at the Colosseum in Ancient Rome or the public executions being a source of entertainment in Tudor England.

Gi-hun ends up winning the Games, but even though he wins millions, he’s dead inside from the experience. Until he receives an invitation to go back.

The biggest twist of Squid Game is when we find out that the Front Man isn’t the main antagonist, but the old man (who you’ve probably seen in memes) that Gi-hun befriends at the Games. A year after winning, Gi-hun is invited to the old man’s deathbed, where he discovers that the old man is an ultra-wealthy financier and one of the founders of the Games. 

The old man tells Gi-hun that he created the Games when he and his friends realized they were bored with their ultra-wealthy lives. Instead of buying tickets to a sporting event or bingeing a show on Netflix or getting involved in their community like normal people, they created the Games to watch people fight for their lives for entertainment. As the founder got older, he got bored with watching the Games and thought it would be more entertaining to participate in the Games itself. It’s sick, twisted, and disturbing in every way you could possibly think of. 

I would argue that the old man’s ability to view other human beings as things for him to toy with and to kill doesn’t stem from his ultra-wealthy status. That’s a character flaw that would be present whether he was wealthy or poor. His wealth is merely an amoral tool that allowed him to make and fund the Games (he could have done something helpful or beneficial with his money but chose not to). Money, like power, usually just amplifies already existing character traits. 

There’s No Such Thing As a Good Communist Society

South Korea has a capitalist economy. While it has its problems like its debt crisis, it beats the communist dictatorship of North Korea.

Capitalism isn’t perfect, but it gives people the agency and the opportunity to make something of themselves and to improve their economic situation for their own good and that of their family and their community.

There are many differences between capitalism and communism, but one of the starkest differences is that there is such a thing as a good and moral capitalist society, but there’s no such thing as a good and moral communist society.

Are there oppressive capitalist countries? Yes. But from previous regimes like the Soviet Union and current regimes like Cuba, China, and North Korea, there has never been a communist society that didn’t resort to authoritarianism. Capitalism and authoritarianism can exist at the same time, but they don’t thrive on each other as communism and authoritarianism do. Without authoritarianism, communism falls apart. In Squid Game, the Games can’t exist without authoritarianism, making them an allegory for communism, and mostly, the elites versus “the peasants.”

Closing Thoughts

Squid Game has been praised for its powerful storytelling and its artistic direction, but it’s also being praised as an anti-capitalist story, which is completely missing the point. If you look closely at the show, you’ll realize it’s more about the elites versus us and how we’re just toys for their entertainment.

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