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Connecticut Elementary School Apologizes For Painting Over Obama Mural On Election Day

School administrators denied any malicious intent towards the president. 

An elementary school in Connecticut was criticized by parents and students for painting over a mural of President Barack Obama.

The Hartford Courant reports the cover-up happened at Oliver Ellsworth School in Windsor on Election Day (Nov. 8) by the request of Ellsworth Principal Ronda Lezberg for a new mural on behalf of student achievement in math. With the school closed on Election Day, administrators used the day so no staff or students would be exposed to harmful odors. School Superintendent Craig Cooke apologized in a statement about the incident claiming the "timing for the replacement of this mural could not have been worse."

The painting seen above was created in 2009 to commemorate the nation's first African-American President as well as other moments like The Iraqi War and the recession. Students also signed the wall and left inspiring notes. On Tuesday (Nov. 15), parents voiced their opinions about the incident at a school board meeting. "You washed away history. That's not acceptable," Jennifer Schumsky said. "I don't know of a painting project that happens at a school in the middle of the year," Ayana Taylor, the mother a kindergartner added. "The timing is very convenient and weird."

Cooke said the school is considering a recreation of the artwork in canvas form in the same area. He added it would be nearly impossible to replace everything on the mural since many of the students who signed graduated and no longer live in the area. The artist behind the painting was a former substitute art teacher and a short blurb on the mural will be included.

Some parents also dropped suggestions on creating the piece in every school in the district. The school's principal has not publicly commented on the mishap.

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Country Music Fans Boycott Wrangler Brand Following Lil Nas X's Partnership

Country music fans are reportedly planning to boycott Wrangler brand due to their recent partnership with rising star Lil Nas X.

This week, Wrangler launched its new capsule collection with Lil Nas X. The line was inspired by a lyric from the rapper's No. 1 hit, "Old Town Road:" "Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty," he rap-sings.

After Wrangler shared the news of the collaboration on Instagram, country music fans quickly expressed their issues with the partnership. "Really? Supporting an artist that so clearly is mocking country music and the lifestyle it represents? Bad move Wrangler," on commenter wrote.

"Thank you, Wrangler, for ruining the original cowboy cuts awesome just fantastic," another person wrote.

Not too long after the controversy, Lil Nas X hopped on Twitter to address hs haters. "Y’all really boycotting wrangler?? Is it that deep?" Nas X tweeted.

It isn't that deep, indeed. Well, while the haters keep hating, Lil Nas X is gearing up for his debut EP, 7, which is slated to drop in June 2019.

 

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Big Sean Confronts Nipsey Hussle's Killer In Thoughtful Video

Fans are still processing the death of Nipsey Hussle. While some people have expressed anger and sorrow, others are channeling their emotions in different ways. Big Sean shared a powerful video message on Instagram on Monday (May 20) about Nip's passing and even addressed his killer.

"You know what I wanted to say was to the person who murdered Nipsey and to people like that who take somebody’s life out of impulse or for revenge or whatever the case may be—you’re making a permanent solution to a temporary problem," Sean said. "Obviously that’s not how you solve problems. I don't know if we know the value of a life for real, because when you take somebody’s life, dog—you’re setting back their family. You’re setting the whole lineage back—generations. What I mean by that is, I know for a fact my grandma was working for my mom and for me and my brother. I don’t even have kids—I’m definitely already working for my kids and my kids’ kids. When you take somebody’s life, you’re setting all that back. And for what? For something that could have been communicated better?"

Although Big Sean doesn't say his name in the video, he is likely referring to Eric Holder, who was arrested for allegedly murdering Nipsey Hussle outside of his Los Angeles clothing store in Mar. 2019. Police say Hussle was shot after he and Holder got into an argument.

Sean also pointed out the difficulties black men have with communicating their feelings. "It takes a lot of effort. I’ve noticed that men, and in Black men, we're taught to communicate certain ways," he continued. "We're taught to be tough, we're taught to stand tough and get your revenge and retaliate through violence and all that type of shit. But you know, we’re going to keep losing kings!"You can view Sean's message for yourself below.

Watch Big Sean's full Instagram video below.

 

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Florida Teacher Arrested For Carrying Knives And Loaded Guns In Classrooms

A fourth-grade teacher at Starkey Elementary School was arrested Monday (May 20) after authorities found knives, a 9mn Glock with seven rounds of ammunition and other weapons.

According to reports, the 49-year-old had the weapons, including a six-inch fighting knife and a two-inch finger knife, in classrooms with students.

Reportedly, Starkey Elementary School principal saw Betty Soto behaving suspiciously as she carried the backpack with her wherever she went.

Law enforcement arrived on campus after being notified by the principal. They interviewed Soto and found the weapons. The teacher reportedly was let out on bond at 9 PM Monday night and when asked by reporters why she brought the weapons to school she attributed it to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

"Ask Desantis," she answered. "Ask your governor."

In early May, the Republican governor signed a bill that will allow teachers to carry guns inside a classroom. The measure was a reported response to the Parkland High School shooting.

Soto's Facebook page will be investigated as part of the overall investigation due to a post that was shared. "Are you surprised I'm a revolutionary? You should have seen it coming. Hate that I was on my way to the plantation, but I had to free some minds."

Erica Kennedy, a mother of two at Starkey Elementary, described Soto's behavior as "militant" and "suspicious."

"She seemed very abrupt, the way she was speaking. I almost felt like she was talking to these kids like she was their parent, you know, just really, a little overboard. So, it made me kind of, something kind of went up in the back of my hair like, hmmm," Kennedy explained.

Soto reportedly will not be returning to Starkey Elementary School.

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