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This is America: 9 out of 10 public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students

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How "active shooter" drills became normal for a generation of American schoolchildren.
"Are you kids good at running and screaming?" a police officer asks a class of elementary school kids in Akron, Ohio.
His friendly tone then turns serious.
“What I don’t want you to do is hide in the corner if a bad guy comes in the room,” he says. "You gotta get moving."
This training session — shared online by the ALICE Training Institute, a civilian safety training company — reflects the new normal at American public schools. As armed shooters continue their deadly rampages, and while Washington remains stuck on gun control, a new generation of American students have learned to lock and barricade their classroom doors the same way they learn to drop and roll in case of a fire.
The training session is a stark reminder of how American schools have changed since the 1999 Columbine school shooting. School administrators and state lawmakers have realized that a mass shoot…

Indonesia gay couple caught having sex will be caned 80 times

Public caning in Indonesia's Aceh province
Public caning in Indonesia's Aceh province
Father promises to send gay man to Islamic boarding school so he 'won't be deviant any more'

Two gay men caught having sex by a mob will be caned 80 times in Indonesia.

The pair, both in their early 20s, were found in bed together by a vigilante group of thugs who had broken in.

The police said they found condoms in the home which allegedly ‘proved their homosexuality’.

Prosecutor Gulmaini Wardani said the couple will receive 80 lashes of the cane for gay sex – the punishment of a ‘first offense’.

The father of one of the defendants, who requested anonymity, said he did not know his son was gay before he was caught.

‘This is an ordeal for our family,’ he said, according to AFP. ‘After this problem is resolved, we will send him to an Islamic boarding school to be educated so he won’t be deviant any more.’

Indonesia’s Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) has slammed the Qanun Jinayat arguing it could provoke discrimination and over-criminalization of LGBTI communities and other vulnerable groups.

‘The state has gone too far by interfering on the private affairs of its citizens and making their personal matters a public affair,’ the ICJR said in a statement.

‘This will eventually lead to discrimination and injustice against vulnerable groups, including LGBT [lesbian,gay,bisexual,transgender] communities.’

In Aceh, where Sharia law is implemented, homosexuality can be punished with death.

The Indonesian government has yet to respond to a letter from the United Nations, written in April last year, expressing concerns about the abuse of LGBTI people in Aceh.

Source: Gay Star News, Joe Morgan, May 10, 2017

⏩ Related: Online petition to President Joko Widodo: Demand Indonesian President Revoke Punishment on Gay Men (via Care2 Petitions)

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