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Students At This High School Apparently Thought It Was OK To Drag A Black Mannequin By A Rope At Their Homecoming Game

Psychologists have said that the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25, which implies that people’s action before that age may be impaired of proper judgment. In other words, kids will be kids, right? However, some of the most absurd actions aren’t caused by kids, they also come from adults who should know better.

For some weird reason, both students and adults that work at school feel the need to act out for the worse during school hours. Remember the school staff that dressed up as the border wall? Or the other school staff that wore stereotypical Mexican costumes on their IDs? The racism continues. 

Students at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno, Nevada, used a black mannequin and dragged it with a rope during a homecoming game.

On Sept. 20, students Damonte Ranch High School changed up their homecoming routine without alleging informing school officials about what they planned to do. 

The initial gag would be that Damonte Ranch students would have a cowboy figure who would be lassoing a knight figure in order to represent their opposer that evening — McQueen High School — whose school colors are gray and blue. However, the students allegedly could not get a gray mannequin for the stunt, so they got a black mannequin instead. 

The report, from the school, states: “The class advisors approved a plan to purchase a blowup cowboy/horse and then lasso a student wearing knight armor and then stand on the float. According to the (redacted), it was later decided to purchase a blowup mannequin instead of dressing up a student. The (redacted) said (redacted) was unaware that there was a change in the original plan. The (redacted) tried to purchase a gray mannequin on Amazon, but the only one available was black. The students dressed a black blowup mannequin as a Lancer knight, using paper to show it’s armor, shield, helmet, and sword. The Blow up “Lancer Knight” was lassoed around the waist and was to be standing on the float during the float parade. According to the (redacted), they couldn’t keep the mannequin standing on the float and that’s why it ended up being dragged behind the student dressed in the blow up cowboy/horse.”

Just wow!

As soon as the stunt went down, showing the black mannequin being pulled by a rope, people were horrified as they witnessed it.

“Y’all don’t teach black history in our Reno Schools or something? I though y’all were better than that,” someone said on social media

Washoe County School District interim Superintendent Kristen McNeill said as soon she found out about the incident, she immediately launched an investigation 

“This is not who we are,” McNeill said in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal earlier this week. “It doesn’t represent Damonte or our district.” She added, “I get high school competition. This is not a friendly competition in my strong opinion.

According to the New York Post, Lonnie Feemster, president of the Reno-Sparks National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP), went even further by saying, “It is troubling that children are so poorly educated that they did not immediately know that the hanging of a black doll is hurtful and frightening.”

The school has apologized for this offensive display of racism, which evokes how African-American people have been mistreated, abused, and killed, in U.S. history. 

“We completely understand how this was perceived and this could be offensive to anyone in attendance at the game,” a school official said in a statement to The New York Post. “This is a valuable learning experience and lifelong lesson for our Damonte Ranch students and staff.”

One thing the school could have perhaps done during this appalling display is put a stop to it as soon as it was happening. Isn’t there school staff at these events? Is that why there are chaperones to make sure students don’t act out in bad ways? Seems to us, these kids were running wild doing whatever they please during school events and on the school campus. 

READ: A San Diego High School Faces Controversy Over Yearbook Showing Teachers In Stereotypical Mexican Attire

The Steelers Will Have Their International Game This Year, And They Want To Play In Mexico For Their Fans

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The Steelers Will Have Their International Game This Year, And They Want To Play In Mexico For Their Fans

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It’s official, the Steelers will have their international game this year, but the place is not yet confirmed. Previous exhibition games were held in Montreal, Barcelona, London, and Tokyo. It’s been years since the team competed directly south of the border. And since Mexico is the home to one of largest fan bases of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they want to play their international game against the Jacksonville Jaguars south of the border

This time, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking forward to playing in Mexico. 

The Steelers are happy to play an international game, but they have a clear preference for where that game would be. The president of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney, said, “We continue to raise our hand and say we’re interested in playing a game in Mexico.”  

The Steelers are expected to have an international game this year like they have in previous years.

One of them is their match against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, it has been rumored that the Jaguars will have a game in London sometime this year.

People are already showing their excitement on social media because who doesn’t want to see the Steelers playing in Mexico.

“I need the best seat for the event of the year” tweeted one user. “I’ll sell my soul to be there,” wrote another die-hard fan. 

Mexico is home to a large portion of the Steeler Nation.

Steeler Nation, as their fans call themselves, proudly wear black and gold in Mexico. Fernando Camacho, a Mexican fan shared this saying in Spanish in an interview with ‘Behind the Steel curtain’, “Mi Corazon y mi alma son Amarillo y negro pero mi pasion y mi orgullo son de acero.” (My heart and soul are Black and Gold, but my passion and pride are made of steel.)

So naturally, the team’s first choice for an international game is to play in Mexico.

Rooney added during an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that, “They have to work out the logistics and all the pieces of the puzzle to have a game down there. Our first choice would be to play a game in Mexico if we have an international trip.” 

The Steelers have a history with Mexico that runs deep.

The Steelers played the Vikings in London in 2013, but have a longer history with Mexico. They played an exhibition game there in 2000, and have conducted clinics there in the past to try to drum up interest. They’ve also played in exhibition games in Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Dublin. Rooney said that they prefer to have it in Mexico where they have a large number of fans. Mexico is also a neutral ground for both teams. 

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New Trailer Released For The 3-Part Aaron Hernandez Documentary Coming To Netflix

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New Trailer Released For The 3-Part Aaron Hernandez Documentary Coming To Netflix

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If we’re learned anything from the powerful documentaries of late (Surviving R. Kelly, Leaving Neverland, etc.) is that our perceived notions of what we thought was the whole story were nothing compared to the truth. In other words, these hard-hitting documentaries explore a person or topic with a deeper lens, which in turn opens the door wide open to a full new understanding. This latest documentary is showing that we only knew a portion of the truth. 

“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” is a new documentary on Netflix that will be premiering on Jan. 15.

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The 3-part series looks into the story of the former NFL player who reportedly committed suicide inside his prison cell in 2017. If the documentary is anything like the trailer, we’re in for a crazy ride — and not the right kind, but the ones that leave you bewildered. 

While the public has some perspective on the situation that landed Hernandez in jail, the show goes in deeper into his childhood, family, and life before he became a superstar athlete. 

The series takes a look at the making of the NFL pro and how Hernandez was propelled from high school football player to a multi-million dollar contract. 

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It’s a fascinating look to see how this charming young kid turned out to be a killer. If we have learned from any other True Crime stories is that a killer isn’t just a sociopath, sometimes this killer tendencies develope over time, and we never know what was at the root of their issues. 

With Hernandez, we learn through this series that his family had a lot to do with how his life would play out later.

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The trailer includes conversations that he had over the phone with his mother, including one in which he tells her that there was no way he would ever turn out to be an angel, especially because she was never there for him. 

The show will also include the turbulent relationship he had with his abusive father. An investigative report in Spotlight inside the Boston Globe released in 2018 added detailed accounts of how Hernandez suffered at the hands of his father. 

“Aaron and his older brother were often beaten and brutalized by their dad,” the Boston Globe reports. “Aaron didn’t cry at his father’s funeral, and people took note. He kept it all inside.” His brother said that they both lived in “constant fear of their father’s beatings.” 

Hernandez and his mother also had a very tumultuous relationship. It seemed as if football was his only way out of that chaotic family life. His high school friends recall him as a kind person, amusing, and said he didn’t pick on other kids. 

When the Patriots gave him a $40 million contract, Hernandez’s life just got more out of control. 

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The trailer shows that all the suffering he went through at home, combined with superstardom, the pressures of delivering for the Patriots, “made him a ticking time bomb.” Not only did Hernandez get into a life of alcohol, drugs, and weapons, and as a witness in his trial said, “it was like he was out to prove something.” 

In 2015, Hernandez was charged for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a former football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins. Hernandez was let go from the team even though he told his coach he had nothing to do with the murder. As the documentary shows, he was able to play a successful season with the Patriots even though he had killed someone. 

The trailer also explores one of the most interesting aspects of the life of Hernandez, which concerned his mental health caused by CTE.

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The documentary shows how Hernandez went from being a fun-loving yet troubled kid to an angry adult that would get violent at the drop of a dime. That kind of drastic change, including his suicide, is speculated to have been a result of his diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is caused after a person receives multiple blows to the head. It’s been highly reported that, more often than not, NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE. The unfortunate aspect of this illness is that people cannot be diagnosed until they are dead. That is when their brains can be studied. 

The symptoms of CTE include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidality, parkinsonism, and, eventually, progressive dementia.  Hernandez clearly showed many of these symptoms, including his eventual suicide in 2017. 

Check out the trailer below. 

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