15 year-old Zachary Kirchner committed suicide in his basement in southeastern York County on April 20, 2021 after sharing with classmates that he wanted to end his life on that day. Now his mother is suing the Red Lion School District and six of her son’s former classmates after she says they failed to stop bullying and sexual harassment that played a role in his death.
Students relentlessly bullied Zachary after he came out as gay in 8th grade and also targeted him because of his disabilities, which included autism and other disabilities and medical conditions, according to the lawsuit filed last week by his mom Hope Amspacher.
“Student defendants relentlessly harassed, belittled and broke down decedent by telling him to ‘kill yourself’” according to the lawsuit, and for Zachary to do a ‘charity’ for them by dying by suicide. The school district did not protect or properly react to complaints of bullying and instead, “further emboldened” the student harassers by punishing Zachary, the lawsuit claims.
Zachary’s brother s was witness to the bullying but school administrators told the brother to “mind his own business,” according to the lawsuit. The district had “actual notice” of the incessant bullying due to his sexual orientation, the lawsuit said, noting that someone had scrawled “Zach K is a (slur,)” on a bathroom stall door. The large letters remained on the door even after Zachary’s death, the lawsuit said.
The students’ conduct continued even after Zachary’s death, according to the lawsuit, with one of the student defendants circulating a yearbook photo of Zachary on social media on the 1-year anniversary of his death. The photo had a piece of rope placed across his neck. The caption said: “Can’t believe 1 year, rope still ain’t break,” with a flexing arm emoji and a smiling face emoji wearing sunglasses.
The Republican controlled Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved a prohibition on school instruction before sixth grade on sexual orientation or gender identity — “Don’t Say Gay”— and also acted to have school districts tell parents about school library books with “sexually explicit” content.
The prime sponsor, Republican Sen. Scott Martin of Lancaster County, said the bill would “empower parents and increase transparency” because it also requires parents be notified of all health care services offered at the school as well as any well-being questionnaires, surveys or health screenings.3.0
Both Republican-driven bills will now go to the House for consideration.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated he will veto the bills, should they reach his desk.
Chambersburg, PA on Monday became the first town in Pennsylvania to repeal protections for residents against discrimination based on their sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender identity by a REPUBLICAN majority vote..
“By a 7-3 Republican-majority vote, the Chambersburg Borough Council made good on its pledge, repealing the ordinance citing a host of reasons, including redundancy in the ordinance and lack of muscle in its provisions. The ordinance, enacted just four months ago in October by a then Democratic majority, extended protections against discrimination toward gay, transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. – Penn Live
“We are a very diverse community,” said council vice president Bill Everly, “For that reason I don’t understand why we need to have special protections for people. I think by creating special protections for people we open the door for other protections for other people. I think we need to come together and not divide us. I think this would divide us.”
And so it begins
CALL THEM! It may not change the vote. But it will allow you to speak up and be counted against hate!
Borough of Chambersburg – 100 South Second Street – Chambersburg, PA 17201 – 717-264-5151
OFFICIAL WELCOME: Vice President Mike Pence let me be the first person to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love, and to my District in the State House!
To be clear, we’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people to live and to contribute: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, Immigrant, we want you and we’ll respect you.
So keep that in mind while you’re here raising money to attack more families, spread more lies, blaspheme with your bible, and maybe even talk to a woman without your wife in the room. We have plenty of them, and they’re pretty much all more powerful and more real than you have ever been.
A Republican state lawmaker in Pennsylvania is calling a colleague a “lying homosexual” in a Facebook post attacking liberal legislators. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe also is defending his comments, which he made Friday.
He tells The Associated Press that he mentioned the sexual orientation of Democratic Rep. Brian Sims of Philadelphia because Sims has spoken openly about being gay, and because he believes it is “immoral behavior.”
Sims is calling Metcalfe “Rep. Snowflake McRacist” on Twitter and says Metcalfe “claims victimhood” when he’s called out in public. Metcalfe also recently accosted another state lawmaker for repeatedly touching his arm, and suggested the man might be gay.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party released a statement about Metcalfe’s tirade: “Metcalfe’s racist and homophobic outbursts and blatant admission that he blocks legislation from advancing for the sole reason that it is sponsored by Democrats is why Pennsylvanians distrust Harrisburg. Not only is he a disgusting human being, he is incredibly unfit to run the House’s State Government Committee and Mike Turzai must revoke his chairmanship immediately.
Brian Sims responded on Twitter
My most infamously bigoted colleague, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe took to his “burn book” to attack my colleagues of color and myself call me a “lying homosexual.” I could use your help as I go up against this type of blatant homophobia and bigotry in the Capital. https://t.co/Oc7iLDN2qtpic.twitter.com/FVC4dBgbuY
People in the White Oak area of Garner, North Carolina woke up on Christmas Eve morning to plastic bags containing propaganda and candy on their lawns from the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire, a statewide chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
The bags distributed in the Hillandale neighborhood contained flyers that read, “White pride doesn’t mean hate! It’s OK, you can say it! I’m proud to be white! There is no need to feel guilty because of the past!” and “Why can’t pro-white rights organizations exist without being labeled racist?”Why are other races in this country allowed these rights, as they SHOULD, but not the folk of European ancestory (sic)?”
A hotline phone number included on the cards and flyers is based out of southern Pennsylvania. The number leads to a recording that asks people who are interested in information or membership to leave a voicemail.
The East Coast Knights group is one of eight KKK chapters in North Carolina and is among 31 hate groups in the state, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The bags also contained business cards, Christmas candy and rocks used to weigh them down.
Pennsylvania is considering making gun owners a protected class of citizens with proposed changes to the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act (PHRA). The new bill, which was introduced by two dozen Republican representatives and one Democrat, would prevent employers from discriminating against employees who own or carry firearms. House Bill 38 is currently in committee, but if it makes its way through the legislature, it could have a major impact on the workplace.
Current law allows employers, or any private property owners, to forbid guns on their property, even if those guns are lawfully owned and contained in private vehicles. Essentially, employers would have to treat gun ownership as they do disabilities and make sure that they treat employees who own and carry guns equal to those who need assistive devices such as wheelchairs. – via thePennsylvania Record
Currently under under Pennsylvania’s Human Rights Act LGBT citizens of the state are not protected.
World famous Hersheypark amusement park which opened in 1907 and is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, near the Hershey Chocolate Factory has released the following LGBT inclusive statement.
Via press release:
“Every year, the employees of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) welcome over 6 million guests from down the street and around the world. We recognize that the more perspectives we have within our company, the more welcoming we are to all those who visit and seek employment here. In fact, our company has four core values, one of which is “respectful of others,” which we define as treating all people with dignity, while respecting their differences and ideas.
“For decades, Hersheypark has been dedicated to the safety and security of our guest and employees. It is foundational to our brand. Additionally, the Park has and will always strive to accommodate all guests and employees – including members of the LGBT community – to ensure those visiting or working at Hersheypark are comfortable and feel secure. To that end, the Park will continue its practice of treating all guests and employees the same no matter race, ethnicity, sexual identity, etc. Guests and employees may continue to use the restrooms with which they gender-identify, or are welcome to use the many family restrooms available across the destination.
I’m sure the junior high level “Hershey” jokes on right-wing websites are going to be epic.
Three people will be charged in an attack on a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia. The accused are Philip Williams, 24, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Katherine Knott, 24, all of Bucks County, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Arrest warrants have been approved for the three suspects. Each will be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy.
The incident unfolded at 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 11th. “This vicious attack shocked the entire country. An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia,” DA Seth Williams said in a statement. The two victims suffered serious facial injuries. They claim they were targeted for being homosexual and savagely beaten. Persons of interest being interviewed by police last week claimed it was a mutual fight, sources told Action News.
Only 3 out of the 12 attackers are being charged. The scumbags who just stood aside and did nothing get away scot free because they are good Catholics. Also Pennsylvania may not have a hate crime law but they do has enhanced penalties for gang-related activities. Why don’t these apply? f they were young, black, hoodie wearing men the cops would have stormed their houses SWAT style & dragged them out in their boxers.
The entire gay community of Philly should show up for arraignment and each time these people are brought to court. And god help the D.A. if he allows it to pleas out or their pusnishment just be a smack on the wrist.
A Pennsylvania teenager is facing criminal charges after posting pictures to Facebook of him simulating a sex act with a statue of Jesus.
The young man posted that he took the pictures in late July at the statue of a kneeling Jesus in front of the “Love in the Name of Christ” Christian organization in his hometown of Everett.
The criminal charge, which will be heard in family court, consists of “Desecration of a Venerated Object.”
Pennsylvania law defines desecration as “Defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise, physically mistreating (“physically mistreating” … but what if Jesus enjoyed it?) in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action.”
The teen, whose name has not been released, could face up to two years in a juvenile jail if convicted.
Poor kid. But it does bring a new meaning to “Oh God!! Sweet Jesus!! I’m CUMMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”