Friday, April 19, 2013

Open line: Nate Bell's Boston comments earn criticism from colleagues and web and calls to resign

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I'm about done. The line is open. Finishing up:

NATE BELL: Not a happy day for the foot-in-mouth legislator.
  • NATE BELL: Not a happy day for the foot-in-mouth legislator.
* THERE'S NO UNRINGING THE BELL: Huge traffic and comment everywhere over Republican Rep. Nate Bell's insensitive Twitter comment about the Boston manhunt, a gibe at liberals and gun control. Even his own Republican colleagues distanced themselves from Bell. Republican House Speaker Davy Carter jumped to be the first to apologize for the whole state. Gawker was just one of many major websites that ripped Bell and drew huge comments from readers who ripped him as well. Bell himself finally said he was sorry about his timing and sorry if anyone's feeling were hurt. But he never simply apologized for the comment. Indeed, he made abundantly clear he wasn't apologizing for the content of his remarks, a fact noted by several in calling for his resignation. One of those calls came from a New Hampshire legislator who wrote us:

Rep. Bell's apology is not sufficient.

I am a 2000 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. My wife is an Arkansas native who was raised in Monticello and graduated from UCA. We know that Mr. Bell's views don't reflect those of his constituents or the people of Arkansas.

Bell's comments are deeply offensive to those of us who live in the Greater Boston area. We have family members and friends who are being terrorized by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The people of Boston have shown remarkable courage. patience, and humanity during a time of tragedy. To see an elected official use the pain and suffering of our neighbors turned into an opportunity for partisan grandstanding is beyond insensitive, it is barbaric.

Rep. Bell should do the right thing and consider resigning his seat.

Rep. Peter Sullivan
New Hampshire House of Representatives
Hillsborough County District 10
Manchester, NH

And if you really want to see some proper Boston abuse of the Moron from Mena, check out this page on boston.com And then there's the succinct Daily Kos: "Fucking moron."

* OTHER NEWS: A 15-year-old was arrested for firing a gun in the air at a Little Rock School District bus stop at 15th and Abigail. The School District reported:

This morning, four female students who attend Forest Heights reported that a male student fired a gun into the air at their bus stop at 15th and Abigail. The male then left the scene. No students were injured. Students reported the incident to school officials who immediately contacted LRSD Safety and Security officers and the Little Rock Police Department. Parents of the students were called, officers from both departments began an investigation and collected statements from the female students.

As a result of the report from the female students, the student who reportedly had the gun was identified and has been taken into custody by police. He will be disciplined according to the LRSD Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. The LRPD will also follow through with appropriate actions as per the law.

While this was was an unfortunate, isolated incident, we are thankful that it did not result in any injuries. We also are thankful that students reported the incident to school officials immediately. The staff at Forest Heights Middle School is focused on the safety and well-being of all students and staff members. We are determined to do whatever is necessary to maintain a safe and secure learning environment at Forest Heights Middle School.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Connie Green at Connie.Green@lrsd.org.

Here are ways LRSD reinforces safety and security measures district-wide:

Monitoring of bus stops by LRSD Safety and Security Personnel and LRPD

More than half of our buses are equipped with cameras which also can record audio

Security systems, including use of hand-held scanning devices, cameras, Little Rock police officers, LRSD Safety and

Security officers, school visibility plans, teacher monitoring of hallways, and the alertness of many students, contribute to our sense and practice for the safety of students and staff.

LRSD requires quarterly scans of all students on campuses, three random scans of students and two random scans of lockers. Schools may elect to do them more frequently.

Use of a hotline and reliance on call-ins that provide critical input for overall security efforts.

Forest Heights administrators also implement the following measures:

Mobile Security Officers that use golf carts to patrol exterior of school

Duty personnel, Safety and Security officers and school resource officers assist students in exiting school, getting on buses; and monitor perimeter of campus

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