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In the past seven days, Missouri has confirmed over 15,000 positive coronavirus cases, reports say. Among those in the recent spike was an 8th-grade teenage boy who fell ill and succumbed to the deadly disease.

Peyton Baumgarth, 13, became one of the state’s and nation’s youngest deaths after passing away over the weekend from COVID-19 complications.

In a statement, Dr. Lori VanLeer, superintendent of Missouri’s Washington School District, stated that Peyton passed away less than two weeks after he last attended school. His last day of eighth grade was on October 22. He began quarantining four days later.

Within a week of quarantine, Peyton’s symptoms began to worsen. He was soon hospitalized before passing away from the disease, his family informed the school district.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and ask that the public respects their privacy. His family deserves nothing less,” VanLeer wrote.

“The family also asks that we all remember to wear masks, wash hands frequently, and follow guidelines. COVID-19 is real and they want to remind students and parents to take these precautions in and outside of school,” the statement continued.

On a GoFundMe page created to support Peyton’s family, the young teen was remembered as “a wonderful young man, who always had a smile to share with you.”

“He was so very sweet and caring and FUN,” the campaign’s organizer wrote on GoFundMe.

“He loved Christmas, video games, and enjoyed making YouTube videos, playing Pokemon GO, playing football and being with his family.

“Peyton, buddy, you are forever in our hearts. We love you endlessly and will never forget you.”

As of Monday, $22,478 of the $100,000 goal has been raised.

When students return to in-person classes on Wednesday, counselors will be provided on behalf of the school. They ask that the community continue their “thoughts and prayers”.




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American Flag Jacket Wearing Insurrectionist Seen Assaulting Officers With Fire Extinguisher Identified

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In a bright American flag jacket, the man seen assaulting police officers with a fire extinguisher during the U.S. Capitol Riots has been identified as 53-year-old Robert Scott Palmer.

The Huffington Post reports that Palmer can be seen on camera spraying officers with a fire extinguisher and then throwing the empty canister at them. The outlet spoke to the Florida husband and father, who complained that Capitol police hit him with crowd control munition. There is footage of him as he showed off the bruises he received to a female journalist during the riots, identifying himself as Robert Palmer from Clearwater, Florida.

Speaking with the outlet, he lamented that he didn’t do anything wrong that the Biden administration is attempting to “vilify the patriots” who participated in the riot.

“I’m just going about it and letting them make the mistakes that they want and ruin the country as they want, and I’m just trying to live my life right now,” he told HuffPost, and “wasn’t anything I had made special — [I] just bought it in a store.”

“I’m just going to just leave it like that. I’m not getting myself any — not deeper, ’cause I didn’t do anything wrong — but I’m not involving myself anymore,” Palmer said before hanging up when asked about the fire extinguisher.

Palmer has a criminal record, which includes being sentenced on battery and felony fraud charges.

HuffPost was able to identify Palmer from a tip received from a woman who is a member of an online sleuth community. While quarantining with COVID-19, the woman, only identified as “Amy,” decided to use some of her free time to track down Capitol rioters. She worked with a group called @capitolhunters to pore over video and photographs.

The FBI is still tracking down insurrectionists who took part in the riots on January 6 over Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the Presidential Election. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who were involved in the riot.




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Mom Accused Of Keeping 7-Year-Old Home From School Due To Earache Before Killing Him

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A Georgia mother allegedly killed her 7-year-old son after telling her husband that he was staying home from school due to an earache.

Alison Jones, 36, a mother from Georgia, was charged on Monday for the murder of her son Maddox, the Athens-Banner Herald reported.

Jones fatally shot the young boy while he was lying in bed, PEOPLE reported.

The mother also faces aggravated assault charges for using the semi-automatic handgun to shoot at her husband, Douglas Jones. He was unharmed.

Authorities were called to the family’s home around 7:20 am on Monday after Douglas made a call to 911 to say his wife had shot their son and assaulted him, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley stated.

Douglas told authorities that his wife informed him that morning that their child was sick and would stay home from school. Around an hour later, he heard a gunshot. He ran to Maddox’s bedroom, and that is when Alison turned the gun on him.

Douglas was able to disarm his wife, who then fled the scene.

The killing resulted from an hours-long fight between the two. However, police have yet to disclose a motive. Alison has yet to talk to the police about what transpired that morning.

Maddox was a second-grade student at Morgan County Primary School.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Maddox Jones, one of our primary school students,” reads a statement from Dr. Virgil Cole, superintendent of the Morgan County Charter School System.

“Maddox was a beloved member of our school community and we will miss him tremendously,” the statement continues. “The school district is mourning this tragic loss along with the family, our staff and community. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this terribly difficult time.”

Jones has yet to enter pleas to the charges against her and remains in custody.




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NY Times Columnist Calls Out Pepé Le Pew For Perpetuating Rape Culture

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In keeping up with an ever-changing world, another childhood fave is being called out for problematic messaging.

Last week it was legendary children’s author, Dr. Seuss, for his work’s racist depictions of black and brown people. This week, in a NY Times Op-Ed article, a writer calls out some Looney Tunes cartoon characters. Most specifically, “Pepé Le Pew” for perpetuating rape culture.

According to TMZ, columnist Charles M. Blow wrote a thought-provoking op-ed piece titled “Six Seuss Books Bore a Bias” that highlights how deeply embedded racism is in American pop culture and points out just how early racist themes are fed to young children.

“Some of the first cartoons I can remember included Pepé Le Pew, who normalized rape culture; Speedy Gonzales, whose friends helped popularize the corrosive stereotype of the drunk and lethargic Mexicans; and Mammy Two Shoes, a heavyset Black maid who spoke in a heavy accent,” Blow wrote.

He maintained that the French skunk, who incessantly pursued Penelope Pussycat, time after time, normalized and perpetuated rape culture, and after some readers attacked his points, he took to Twitter with an example of Le Pew’s now-cringe-worthy, problematic behavior.

“RW blogs are mad bc I said Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture. Let’s see. 1. He grabs/kisses a girl/stranger repeatedly, w/o consent and against her will. 2. She struggles mightily to get away from him, but he won’t release her 3. He locks a door to prevent her from escaping.” It’s true … Penelope Pussycat was often in Pepe’s clutches,” Blow tweeted.

“This helped teach boys that “no” didn’t really mean no, that it was a part of “the game,” the starting line of a power struggle. It taught overcoming a woman’s strenuous, even physical objections, was normal, adorable, funny. They didn’t even give the woman the ability to SPEAK,” he explained.

Does he have a point?




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