Preferred Pronouns: Point Park University Threatens to Punish Students for Misusing Classmates’ Pronouns

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Point Park University in Pennsylvania has placed students on warning, saying in an email that “action could be taken” if they do not respect their classmates’ preferred pronouns.

An email from the university’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, first obtained by Campus Reform, informed students of its anti-discrimination policies, including its “Misgendering, Pronoun Misuse, and Deadnaming Policy.”

“The Office of Equity and Inclusion would like to welcome in the 2021-2022 academic year with information on current policies that exist through our office and information regarding the Preferred Name Policy, instances of misgendering, pronoun misuse, and deadnaming (the use of a person’s legal ‘dead’ name instead of using the person’s chosen or preferred name), as well as resources on microaggressions and additional training,” the email reads. 

The school’s “Preferred Name Policy” allows students and faculty to use their preferred name when a legal name is not required.

The office told students that “any individual who has been informed of another person’s gender identity, pronouns, or chosen name is expected to respect that individual.” 

“While the University recognizes the aspect of intent versus impact, we must recognize that regardless of the intent, if an individual is impacted in a harmful way, action could be taken if a complaint is filed,” the email reads.

It is unclear what “action” the school intends to take against those who violate the policy. 

The email also shared with students a Pronouns and Inclusive Language Guide that was created by a former student, according to the report.

The guide recommends using “gender inclusive language” to avoid causing “trans and gender non-conforming folks to feel isolated.” It suggests swapping gendered terms like “boyfriend,” “girlfriend,” “ladies and gentleman” and “he or she” to gender-neutral versions, such as “partner,” “students and guests,” and “they,” respectively.

Logan Dubil, who is a student at the university as well as a Campus Reform correspondent, told Fox News that the policy goes against many students’ beliefs, “especially conservative students.” 

“Personally, I believe in the science. There are two sexes and two genders: male and female,” Dubil said. “The policies in question force me to go against my beliefs. The fact that I can be disciplined by failing to follow policies that violate my conscience is concerning.”

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Park Ranger opens up about conversation with Gabby Petito, says she warned of ‘toxic’ relationship signs

The National Parks Service park ranger who talked with Gabby Petito on the side of a highway in Moab, Utah, last month spoke out about her interaction with the 22-year-old who police now believe to be dead.

The FBI announced Sunday they found human remains in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming “consistent with the description of” Petito.

What did the ranger say?

Melissa Hulls, the visitor and resource protection supervisor at Arches National Park, was dispatched to join other law enforcement officers who were called to investigate a potential domestic violence incident between Petito and Laundrie.

While speaking with Petito, who was sitting in the back of a police cruiser, on Aug. 12, Hulls warned Petito that her relationship had “toxic” signals.

“I was probably more candid with her than I should’ve been,” Hulls told Deseret News.

“I was imploring with her to reevaluate the relationship, asking her if she was happy in the relationship with him, and basically saying this was an opportunity for her to find another path, to make a change in her life,” Hulls explained. “She had a lot of anxiety about being away from him, I honestly thought if anything was going to change it would be after they got home to Florida.”


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At the end of an investigation that took place on the side of a highway in Moab, police separated Petito and Laundrie; she was released with the couple’s van, while Laundrie was taken to a nearby hotel. Police recommended they spend the night apart.

Hulls told Deseret News that officers “thought we were making the right decision when we left them.” Now, Hulls is left second-guessing her actions that day.

“I honestly haven’t looked at my body camera footage for that night. It’s hard to think about now because I feel like I could’ve said more to help her,” she said. “It’s hard not to second-guess myself, and wish I said more, or wish I had found the right words to make her believe that she deserved more.”

What about the 911 call?

The 911 call that alerted law enforcement to a potential domestic violence incident between Petito and Laundrie was released Monday, leading to more questions about the police response.

Audio from the call revealed that Laundrie was reported as the aggressor, contrary to what police understood on Aug. 12. The unidentified caller told a dispatcher that a “gentleman was slapping the girl” and “proceeded to hit her.”

“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller said.

The dispatcher then asked to confirm what the caller had just said, “He was slapping her?” The caller responded, “Yes.”

As Deseret News reported, why that information was not relayed to responding officers remains unclear.





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FBI found body in Grand Tetons National Park matching Gabby Petito

Authorities have confirmed they found human remains that match the description of Gabby Petito.

During a 6 p.m. EST press conference on Sunday, the FBI revealed that authorities had discovered a body in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Moose, Wyoming, that was “consistent with the description of” Gabby Petito, the missing 22-year-old van-life girl.

“Earlier today, human remains were discovered consistent with the description of Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito,” FBI Supervisory Agent Charles Jones told reporters. “The cause of death has not been determined at this time.”

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed earlier Sunday that authorities had discovered a body in a “very remote area” of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, where law enforcement agents had been searching since last week.

Gabby’s family has been notified.

The FBI extended their condolences to the Petito family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” the FBI spokesperson said at the news conference. “We ask that you all respect the privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter.”

The North Port Police, who are searching for Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, issued a statement, “Saddened and heartbroken to learn that Gabby has been found deceased. Our focus from the start, along with the FBI, and national partners, has been to bring her home. We will continue to work with the FBI in the search for more answers.”

Laundrie has yet to be found by authorities, who believe he could be in a nature preserve in Florida. He was last seen by his parents on Tuesday, who informed police that he said he was going to the Carlton Reserve near Venice, Florida.

Laundrie has been named by law enforcement as a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance.

Local police and the FBI launched a search in the swampy nature preserve on Saturday, but have yet to find Laundrie.

Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 by her family in Long Island, New York. The family last heard from her on Aug. 25. Petito and Laundrie left for a cross-country van trip in July.

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Body discovered amid Gabby Petito search in Wyoming national park

A body has been recovered in the Wyoming forest where authorities have been searching for days for missing Long Island native Gabby Petito, The Post has confirmed.

“I can confirm that the coroner’s officer was dispatched by a deputy coroner on the scene to recover a body that was found in the forest,” Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said Sunday, referring to Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Authorities have not yet confirmed the gender of the body or whether it is the 22-year-old Blue Point native, who vanished late last month while on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend.

The coroner’s van was spotted arriving at the search command center at Grand Teton National Park, where Petito was last believed to have been seen. Shortly after, K9s who were part of the search were called off.

The FBI will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. local time on the findings.

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Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie on their cross-country trip.
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie on their cross-country trip.
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Petito last spoke to her mom in Blue Point on Aug. 25, and was reported missing Sept. 11.

Laundrie, 23, returned home alone in her van on Sept. 1. 

Petito and Laundrie with the van that they were traveling in.
Petito and Laundrie with the van they were traveling in.
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Petito last communicated with her family on August 25, 2021 while inside Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Petito last communicated with her family on August 25, 2021, while in or near Bridger-Teton National Forest.
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Laundrie has also gone missing since returning home without Petito.
Laundrie has also gone missing since returning home without Petito.
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He has also gone missing and is the subject of a second search in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida.

Petito is one of three people who have gone missing in or near Grand Teton park this summer.



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Disney Employees Revolt, March on Park in Full Protest

Disney employees marched in protest Friday over the coronavirus vaccine mandate being implemented among workers for the entertainment company.

Marchers protested outside of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, along with others at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, according to Spectrum News.

“I feel like God Almighty led me to not get the vaccination,” said Florida marcher Candee Pull, who has worked for Disney for six years, WFTV-TV reported.

Disney employee Nick Caturano said the issue was not the vaccine but rather the compulsion to take it.

“We understand that COVID-19 is a very real health concern that we all have to take seriously,” Caturano said, according to Spectrum News. “But many cast members have a legitimate basis for refusing vaccination.”

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Disney employees face an Oct. 22 deadline for full vaccination, if they belong to a union. Non-unionized members face a Saturday deadline to get their first shot, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

“People are free to get this vaccine if they feel it’s going to be the best thing for them but to force people to get the vaccine, that’s another story,” Caturano said, according to the Miami Herald.

Are vaccine mandates wrong?

Caturano said many employees oppose the mandate but are not protesting for fear they will lose their jobs.

“People feel really strongly against it, but they also love their jobs at Disney and don’t want to lose them,” Caturano said.

“I don’t want to lose my job,” he added. “I love my job, but I’m also more afraid that if I don’t speak up now, where does it stop?”

The Sentinel reported Caturano said he and his wife were hit with COVID-19 in April and took ivermectin — a controversial drug that is a dewormer for large animals and has been used for the treatment of COVID-19, though it is not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for use in treating those infected with COVID. He said that the immunity he now has, and his religious beliefs, make him opposed to getting vaccinated.

“I’m not comfortable with taking it,” he said, according to the Herald. “I just can’t see putting it in my body.”

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The protests drew about 50 people in Florida and about a handful in California.

Disney is one of the companies that imposed a vaccine mandate even before President Joe Biden dictated that all companies with 100 employees or more have a vaccine mandate in place.

Caturano said those not vaccinated are being pressured.

“After we just lost our jobs during the pandemic and now we are having to face losing our jobs again, a lot of people are panicking,” he said, according to WFTV. “It’s the pressure from people and fellow co-workers that are beginning to look at us like second-class citizens, I’m afraid.”





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Disney World Employees March Against Vaccine Mandates Inside the Park

Dozens of Disney World employees, fondly known as “cast members,” marched inside the park to protest the company’s vaccine mandate on Friday.

The deadline for employees to be vaccinated, or lose their jobs, is on Saturday.

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Nick Caturano, the organizer of the protest, said that he and his fellow cast members are “resisting the forced vaccinations for a variety of reasons including health concerns, religious beliefs, natural immunity, and a principled commitment to maintaining control over their own health care.”

Caturano has worked at the park for 16 years and has now launched the website GoofyVaccine.com to appeal to Disney and provide resources for their 60,000 other employees.

“We understand that COVID-19 is a very real health concern that we all have to take seriously,” Caturano told Fox 35 Orlando, “but many cast members have a legitimate basis for refusing vaccination.”

“So many cast members felt alone and felt like they were the only ones who thought this was wrong,” Caturano continued. “I think we were made to feel that way on purpose. But we have connected now, and we are pushing back.”

Caturano explained that “people feel really strongly against it, but they also love their jobs at Disney and don’t want to lose them.”

He hopes the company will consider a moratorium of 60 days, “so that we can reevaluate, and we can make an informed decision… rather than a rash, emotional, fear-driven decision, which is what I feel this is,” he said.





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Migrant ‘ground zero’ Sunland Park welcomes Border Patrol

Sunland Park is a working-class New Mexico city of 17,000 at the foot of Mount Cristo Rey, known for its casino and racetrack, but its proximity to the Mexican border has turned it into ground zero for tens of thousands of migrants crossing illegally into the US in the last few years.

As elderly residents took to the central plaza — the Elena Memorial Park — for predawn power walking and stretching on Friday, Border Patrol agents in white and green pick up trucks and SUVs intercepted dozens of migrants from Ecuador and Central America who slipped through gaps in a nearby border wall.

In some cases, migrants scaled the 30-foot barrier, with one man suffering a broken ankle early Friday morning, a Border Patrol agent told The Post. Another man had made his 12th border crossing from Mexico.

“I’ve never seen this situation so bad,” said Teresa Muñoz, 66, who has lived in the community for more than ten years. “We always saw people crossing, but it’s never been like this.”

The situation has grown worse since Biden took office, residents told The Post. Since January, there have been exponentially more migrants being pursued by Border Patrol vehicles with lights flashing and helicopters hovering overhead. The hour of darkness just before daybreak and before the beginning of the relentless 100 degree heat is a popular time to cross the expanses of desert scrub in the region, residents said.

Longtime resident Teresa Muñoz (right) says she’s never witnessed so many migrants crossing into the border.
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In fiscal year 2021, 155,882 migrants have been apprehended near the community, which lies on the border of Mexico and Texas surrounded by towering mountains and desert. In FY 2020, there were 54,396 migrants crossing in the area, according to statistics collected by Border Patrol’s El Paso sector, which encompasses 125,000 square miles.

“Do I mind Border Patrol being around all the time?” said Omar Ikhlail, a 32-year-old used car salesman who has lived in Sunland Park his whole life. “I feel safe with the helicopters buzzing above my head. Finally, our tax dollars are being put to good use.”

Recently-apprehended migrants are guided out of the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center in El Paso, Texas.
Arrested migrants are guided out of the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center on their way to a Border Patrol facility in El Paso, Texas on September 1, 2021.
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Jesus Pinella, 75, agreed. He has lived in the small border community for the last three decades. Pinnella said he came from Mexico in 1965 to work harvesting cotton. He also worked in California, he said. Six months ago, he finally became a US citizen.

And while he said he feels sorry for the migrants who travel thousands of miles under difficult conditions to cross illegally into the US, he has little sympathy for them breaking the law. “They have no respect for the law and act live savages,” he said.

A person walks at Elena Memorial Plaza in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on Friday, September, 3, 2021.
Elena Memorial Plaza in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
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He is also disappointed with President Biden, who rolled back strict immigration policies instituted by his predecessor shortly after taking office this year, including a “remain in Mexico” mandate which resulted in thousands of non-Mexican migrants waiting in Mexico for immigration hearings in the US.

Thousands of migrants poured across the border in the early days of the Biden administration, spurred by promises made by smugglers that they would be more welcome under the new regime, immigration experts said.

In March, Biden put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the border crisis, and delivered the belated message: “Don’t come over.”

A United States Border Patrol helicopter patrols the border along Sunland Park, New Mexico.
A US Customs and Border Protection Air Marine Operations helicopter rovers around the US-Mexico border along Sunland Park near Mount Cristo Rey on September, 1, 2021.
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For Pinella and other residents, the Biden policy has done little to stem the crisis. “He’s too old,” Pinella said. “It’s too much for him. Only a younger president with more energy could deal with this situation.”

Ikhlail, who walked his bulldog Kaiser as dawn broke over the surrounding mountains, said he appreciates the attention paid to the region by former President Trump, who invested in the nearby border fence.

“Trump did a really good job,” he said. “Sure, he was really ballsy and really rash, but that’s what this country needed. What we have now is a disaster.”



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6-year old girl dead after Colorado amusement park ‘incident’

A six year old girl vacationing with her family has tragically died after an “incident” occurred on a ride at an amusement park in Colorado on Sunday night.

The occurred around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night forcing the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs to shut down on Monday and Tuesday as officials investigate the death that occurred on the Haunted Mine Drop, the park confirmed in a statement

Minimal details have been released.

“Out of respect and concern for all parties involved, we will not have further comment until all details have been confirmed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved,”  Suzanne Emery with the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park said in a release.

The Haunted Mine Drop first opened in 2017, and boasts itself as the first underground drop ride, where riders plunge 110 feet inside of Iron Mountain.

Park visitors are required to sign a release of liability waiver before going on any rides or attractions.

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Hiker found dead after going missing in Glacier National Park

A Virginia hiker has been found dead after she vanished on a solo hike in Glacier National Park, officials said.

Jennifer Lee Coleman, 34, of Richmond, was reported missing Wednesday after she didn’t return from a hike on Logan Pass, the highest elevation in the park, the National Park Service said.

Following the discovery of her abandoned car atop the peak, about 50 people joined the search for her, officials said.

Park officials said Sunday that her body was found in a steep and rocky area near the Continental Divide.

Her cause of death has not been determined, officials said.

Coleman’s parents, Hal and Sharon Coleman, who are leaders of the AWARE foundation, which advocates for missing people, confirmed her death on their Facebook page.

Jennifer Lee Coleman’s body was discovered in a steep and rocky area of Glacier National Park.
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“Worse possible news today, Jennifer has been found deceased,” the post said. “Many thanks to everyone for the kind words, prayers, messages. People have been a blessing to us. We are thankful and appreciative to the bottom of our hearts. No words to describe the grief.”



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Accused Rapist Yusef Salaam of ‘Central Park 5’ Fame Is Running for State Senate in New York

Yusef Salaam of the Central Park 5 is running for State Senate in New York.

Yusef Salaam

In case you don’t know the story behind the Central Park 5, Ann Coulter published an amazing piece on the brutal criminal attack in 2014.

Now Yusef is running for state senator.

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Salaam’s claim to fame is being convicted of raping a white woman and beating her into a coma.

From the liberal Daily News:

Nearly 20 years after a judge vacated convictions against him and four of his buddies in one of the most sensational criminal justice cases in city history, Salaam has told associates that he is running to fill the seat being vacated by Harlem state Sen. Brian Benjamin (D), who was nominated last week to be New York’s next lieutenant governor.

The lieutenant governor is next in line to become governor; that’s how the godawful Kathy Hochul got her current job. Maybe if Salaam wins — and with his qualifications, he is likely to in Harlem — he will be next in line for lieutenant governor.





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