Undocumented immigrants in Florida can’t be given a license to practice law, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Jose Godinez-Samperio, who moved to Florida from Mexico when he was 9 years old, sought a license in Florida but was denied by the court, which said federal law prohibits people who are unlawfully living in the country from obtaining professional licenses.
The justices said state law can override the federal ban, but Florida has taken no action to do so.
"Simply stated, current federal law prohibits this court from issuing a license to practice law to an unlawful or unauthorized immigrant," the court wrote.
The case involves Godinez-Samperio, whose parents brought him to the United States on tourist visas and then never returned to Mexico. He graduated from New College in Florida, earned a law degree from Florida State University and passed the state bar in 2011.
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Amid reports of warning shots fired and heightened tensions in Crimea on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Secretary of State John Kerry that U.S. sanctions could “backfire” and further damage ties between Moscow and Washington.
During a telephone call Friday, Lavrov urged the U.S. not to take “hasty, poorly thought-out steps that could harm Russian-U.S. relations, especially concerning sanctions, which would unavoidably boomerang on the U.S. itself,” the statement said.
In a separate statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry also warned the European Union that any sanctions it imposed would not go unanswered and would harm “the interests of the EU itself and its member nations.”
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The scene looks like grisly news footage from a school shooting in progress, but is an elaborate active shooter drill staged by high school drama students.
What’s scarier? The prospect of yet another school shooting in the good old U.S. of A, or the kind of theater productions high drama students are putting on these days? This scene looks like grisly news footage from a school shooting in progress, but is actually an elaborate “active shooter” drill staged at a high school in Troy, MO. NBC reports that this is the 13th active shooter drill held in the Lincoln School district this year.
These active shooter drills are required by law in the state of Missouri (or as folks who live there pronounce it, “Misery”), but these high school drama students take it up to a whole new level. One of the drama students, a junior named Alex Bargen, says it’s his 10th. What a great way to teach kids to feel scared and paranoid at younger and younger ages — and to co-opt the creative kids who might normally rebel against this sort of thing. It never seems to occur to the people who run these school districts that fewer guns would mean fewer school shootings.
Shocking video shows drama students staging active shooter drill: Before, during, and after.
69 kids took part in the ‘active shooter’ drill. It begins with an air of excitement, as students prepare and put on their “makeup,” which consists of fake blood and bruises. Yet the mood quickly turns to horror when the actor who plays the shooter appears as the drama students pretend to move between classes during “passing period.” Chaos erupts as shots ring out, kids drop to the floor, and the shooter takes Crystal Lanham, a freshman, hostage.
“I had to go down the hallway and try to open the doors, acting innocent so we could get in and he could kill the people.”
Yet, despite all her desperate shrieking and knocking, the doors stayed closed.
Here’s the video news report from NBC, with live footage of the high school drama students staging the “active shooter” drill.
Drama students describe how they felt during the active shooter drill.
Talk about method acting… It’s amazing how — even though the drama students had rehearsed their parts and been briefed — many of them still felt scared. Even 17-year-old Kiera Loveless — who’s done 8 drills before — says:
“[I] thought it would be fun at first. Now I wouldn’t say fun exactly—it’s scary. But a good experience.”
Alexis McCourt, a high school sophomore, adds:
“I was just thinking of where I’d hide or run if this scenario actually happened. I couldn’t think of any.”
Bargen also has trouble getting used to it, even though this is his 10th ‘active shooter’ drill.
“I’ve done this like 10 times, and it gets me every time. This one is even scarier because it’s on my home turf. It’s going to make me second-guess my school.”
He also seems disturbed by what the drill reveals about himself.
“I started to think, ‘what if this would happen?’ I started to think, like, I’m not going to try to save my best friend. I’m going to try to save myself.”
Why does the school district use drama students in the active shooter drills?
The Lincoln School District didn’t use students when they first started doing the active shooter drills in Sept. 2013. After all, these drills are meant to teach teachers, police, and other emergency responders how to react. But, apparently, things weren’t realistic enough.
But it felt stilted and staged. “We figured, ‘we’re not really doing anything,’” says Lieutenant Andy Binder, who helps coordinate the simulations. The drills have since become more spontaneous, and kids were eventually added, Binder says, to ramp up the realism for the teachers. This drill had the most students by far.
“We’re beginning to see what we’ve done wrong and right. The first time…it took us about two and a half minutes to engage the shooter [once we entered the building]. Today it took 30 seconds.”
Teachers and students also report gaining practical knowledge of what to do if a shooting takes place. If you hide in a bathroom, don’t trigger the toilets’ automatic flushing function. And you’ll need to dial “9″ for an outside line before calling 911. Plus, the drama students get extra credit, and one hopes taking part will boost her college prospects.
Many feel disturbed by the drama students taking part in the active shooter drills.
Yet, despite the drills seeming successes, many feel disturbed by having students take part in the active shooter drills. Amy Venneman, an English teacher, found not opening the door when Lanman was knocking and crying out to be heart-wrenching. She also wonders how the drills will affect the kids.
“You want kids to feel like school is a safe place to be. And I know those kids chose to be there, but for it to be that realistic, that’s almost too much. As a parent, I wouldn’t want that many kids being terrified, just knowing my own reaction to it.”
Wayne Johnson, a St. Louis, MO firefighter and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan also frets that the active shooter drills could “traumatize” and “desensitize” the drama students taking part in them.
“I would have a real problem with them doing that in my kids’ school. Sure, I get it, that’s probably the best drill training that you’re gonna have, but at what cost?”
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Biola Jeje, 22, graduated Brooklyn College last May with a degree in political science and a mission: Force lawmakers to address the $1.2 trillion student debt crisis.
“It’s unfair that it’s happening to us, and we’re even being sort of blamed for the amount of debt that we’re being put in,” she said from the offices of New York Students Rising, where she serves as statewide coordinator.
Jeje left college with $9,500 in student loans, less than half the $29,400 national average for four-year college graduates. She and her fellow activists are mobilizing support to march on Albany, New York state’s capital, to deliver a message to legislators.
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