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FREDERIC J. BROWN

Ex-Priest Allowed To Keep Teaching Job Despite Impregnating A 16-Year-Old

A New Jersey teacher who left the priesthood after impregnating a 16-year-old is still allowed to teach children.

According to reports, Joseph DeShan, 59, began working at the Cinnaminson School District in 1996, two years after leaving the priesthood and six years after impregnating an underage girl.

In 2002, a Connecticut newspaper reported on DeShan's relationship with the minor. Subsequently, school district officials placed him on administrative leave stating they were unaware he was once a priest or that he impregnated a teenager. Yet despite his past conduct, he was able to return to his job less than a month later.

In December 2018, the board tried to file tenure charges against DeShan with the New Jersey Commissioner of Education. The charges focused on his sexual relationship with a teen and inappropriate comments he allegedly made to a 12-year-old girl.

“Look at me. Let me see your pretty green eyes. You don’t see them too much anymore,” he supposedly told a child.

However, an arbitrator argued that the comment DeShan was accused of making is pure "hearsay" and taken out of context. The arbitrator also stated DeShan shouldn't lose his job based upon actions committed 16 years ago that school district was aware of.

“In the tenure charges, the (board) is not alleging that (DeShan) has engaged in any other past conduct other than the pre-employment conduct,” the ruling said. “The fact that some parents now demand his removal from the classroom does not give the (board) a second opportunity to revisit pre-employment conduct of which it has been long aware.”

Per the school's website, DeShan currently teaches a sixth-grade reading class.

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A Fried Chicken And Doughnut Sandwich From KFC Is On The Way

KFC is throwing its hat into the chicken sandwich ring but adding something sweet to the mix.

According to reports, the fast-food chain is testing a fried chicken and doughnut sandwich in the Richmond, Va., area to see if customers are interested in their version of the sweet and salty craze.

Dubbed Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts, the new sandwich will be sold at seven locations in Richmond.

“Served hot and fresh, no matter the time of day, the donuts create a tasty flavor experience in every bite. Consumers will have a variety of options to satisfy their sweet and savory taste buds,” said a spokesperson.

The "Best Fried Chicken Sandwich" Olympics seemingly began when Popeyes announced they had a chicken sandwich of their own, in essence, encroaching on new territory, particularly Chick-Fil-A territory. A friendly social media battle ensued which helped to promote both sandwiches and forced long lines across the country. Some continued to pledge their loyalty to Chick-Fil-A, while others found a new meaning of life in the Popeyes chicken sandwich.

There's no word on how long the Kennedy Fried Chicken & Donut launch will last, but if given the opportunity to taste test it, would you?

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Texas Superintendent Says 4-Year-Old Boy Either Cuts His Hair Or Wear A Dress

A Texas grandmother has accused officials at her grandson's school of discrimination after being told she either cuts his hair or place him in a dress.

Randi Woodley spoke with ABC News 13 and said when she went to pick up her 4-year-old grandson Michael on August, she was told the school principal wanted to talk to her and explained Michael's hair was too long.

"The superintendent then gave me three options. He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up, or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school, and when prompted, my grandson must say he's a girl," Woodley explained.

Woodley said Michael is being discriminated against and claims the real problem is the school dress code that states hair shouldn't "extend past the top of a t-shirt collar."

"We shouldn't even be talking about this at any age because hair has nothing to do with learning," Woodley said.

This isn't the first time a complaint of this nature has been made. Another parent Kambryn Cox told ABC News her son Kellan wasn't allowed to place his long hair in a ponytail.

"With my son's dreadlocks, sometimes they do fall in front of his face, so I felt it would be easier to put his hair up, but then that's a problem," Cox said.

Both parents say they plan on fighting what they think is a gender and race issue.

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Black Trans Woman Bee Love Slater Found Burned Alive In Florida

Over the weekend, the body of Bee Love Slater, a 23-year-old transgender woman was found burned beyond recognition inside a car. According to reports, Slater is the 18th trans woman to be killed this year.

Hendry County investigators said as of now the investigation into Slater's death is ongoing. They cannot title it a hate crime until a clear motive has been established, but Slater's best friend, Kenard Wade thinks the vicious manner of her death is a clear sign.

"She had a really, really good heart," Wade told CBS Fort Myers affiliate Wink. "She would never harm anyone, never put anyone in harm's way. How could someone go to that extreme to get rid of her?"

Wade continued and said Slater received several death threats because she's trans and expressed a desire to leave the area for safety reasons.

Slater's death falls in line with an on-going trend of violence against trans women, particularly black trans women. The Human Rights Campaign states 18 trans women have been murdered in 2019, while 26 members of the trans community were killed in 2018 and 29 trans deaths were recorded in 2017.

CBS News reports that the week of Slater's death, Bailey Reeves, 17 transgender teen was shot and killed in Baltimore on Labor Day.

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