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Teens Lead Petition Drive to Strip William Barr of Award from Former High School

Attorney General William Barr, via DOJ.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Two teenagers are leading a petition drive to strip Attorney General William Barr of a “Distinguished Achievement” award he received from his former high school at Horace Mann in 2011.

Barr graduated from the elite private school in 1967.

Recent graduates of the school, Jessica Rosberger and Kiara Royer, said they launched the Change.org petition because of Barr’s role in ordering riot police to clear out peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square so President Trump could pose for a photo op in front of a historic church.

“I realized that Barr had taken these heinous actions,” Rosberger tells Forbes. “At the same time he was held up as a model member of our community. That was very troubling to me.”

The petition states, “Barr violated our school’s Core Values of Mutual Respect and Mature Behavior as well as our Mission Statement by infringing on the common good. William Barr should not be held as a model member of our community because of his disgraceful actions.”

The petition urges school administrators to reconsider the award in light of “this inappropriate use of power.”

Professors and faculty at another of Barr’s alma mater’s, George Washington University Law School, are calling on the attorney general to resign because he “undermined the rule of law, breached constitutional norms, and damaged the integrity and traditional independence of his office and of the Department of Justice.”

FBI Revives 42-Year-Old Case Involving 2 Missing School Children

Steven Anderson, 17, and David Williams, 12, went missing 42 years ago. Composites of what the boys would look like now provided by the FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two boys with developmental disabilities went missing from their school in New Jersey more than four decades ago and were never found.

Now the FBI is searching a wildlife refuge area about 25 miles from the New Lisbon State School in Burlington County in hopes of solving the 42-year-old case, the Asbury Park Press reports

The FBI declined to comment on the search, which the bureau termed as “investigative activity.”

The search comes one month after the FBI added the two boys, Steven Anderson, 17, and David Williams, 12, to its website as “missing persons.”

According to the FBI, “Both boys lived at the 1,898-acre (New Lisbon) center located off Route 72 in the New Jersey Pinelands. They had diagnosed developmental disabilities and were unable to care for themselves without supervision. The boys, who were roommates, were last seen at approximately 4:15 p.m., walking towards their residence from a nearby ball field where they had been playing with staff members.”

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Immigrant Father Arrested After Dropping Off Daughter at School Faces Imminent Deportation

Courtesy of ICE

Courtesy of ICE

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just minutes after dropping off his 12-year-old daughter at a school in California, ICE agents arrested her father, Romulo Avelicia-Gonzalez, for being in the country illegally.

Held in a federal detention center since he was arrested on Feb. 28, Avelicia-Gonzalez learned that he could be deported as early as next week, the Los Angeles Times reports

Avelicia-Gonzalez, a Mexican citizen who has lived in the U.S. for 25 years, was detained because he had two decades-old misdemeanor convictions – driving under the influence and receiving stolen car tags.

Cellphone video of the arrest has gone viral, prompting outcry over his arrest.

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ATF, FBI Investigating Suspicious Package with Actual Bomb Components Outside School

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators responding to a report of a suspicious package outside of an elementary school in Alabama found a device with wires and a timer.

The ATF, FBI and local police responded to a bomb threat at Magnolia Elementary School and were surprised by what they found, AL.com reports. 

According to a caller, a Latino man placed the package in front of the school.

The device, which was found on a pickup truck in the school parking lot, contained actual bomb components.

“We did find a small amount of what we believe to be an actual explosive,”  said Dave Hyche, ATF’s assistant special agent in charge in Alabama.

Authorities detonated the device in nearby woods.

Federal officials said the investigation could be lengthy.

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Teachers, Others Oppose FBI’s Online Anti-Extremism Video

Screenshot of the video, "Don't Be a Puppet."

Screenshot of the video, “Don’t Be a Puppet.”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI hoped to discourage teenagers from becoming extremists by introducing a video called, “Don’t Be a Puppet.” 

The idea was to counter homegrown extremism by teaching users how to identify young people who are gravitating toward radical ideology.

But now the American Federation of Teachers union and other groups are vocally opposing the video, saying it could lead to more distrust of peaceful Muslims, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

The Wall Street Journal wrote:

In August, the groups, which include the American Association of School Administrators and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, wrote a letter to FBI director James Comey saying they were “deeply troubled” by the Don’t Be A Puppet campaign and claimed it would increase distrust of Muslim and Middle Eastern students. Critics of the website fear that the recent bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey, and stabbings at a Minnesota mall, will be used to further justify its use with young people.

The website—which walks users through various topics related to extremism and allows them to “free the puppet’ after each section—references religious and environmental extremism, white supremacy, and anarchists. It offers short explanations of the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.

Specifically, the advocacy groups have raised concerns that the computer program can too easily be interpreted as singling out Muslims. Critics have taken issue with several of the potential signs of extremist behavior that the website warns users to report—such as “talking about traveling to places that sound suspicious” and “using code words or unusual language.”

FBI, ATF Help Investigate Suspected Murder-Suicide at UCLA Campus

UCLA campus, via Wikipedia.

UCLA campus, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are helping investigate what appears to be a murder-suicide on the campus of UCLA on Wednesday.

Agents from both agencies responded to the campus shooting soon after it was reported, UPI reports. 

Police confirmed two people – both male – were shot dead. One of the men shot himself.

Their ages and identities have not yet been released.

“There is a note. I don’t know if it’s a suicide note. I don’t know if it’s a confession. I don’t know what it is,” the LAPD chief told reporters.

How CIA Left Behind Explosives in School Bus for Special-Needs Students

CIA Headquarters

CIA Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA left explosive material in the engine compartment of a school bus for special-needs students after a bomb-sniffing exercise.

The exercise last week took place at Briar Woods High School, which is about a half hour from the CIA’s headquarters in northern Virginia. Students were on spring break at the time.

The explosive material was found by a mechanic during a routine maintenance check on Wednesday, Richmond.com reports. 

The live explosives were left behind because the CIA lost track of them.

Dean Boyd, a CIA spokesman, confirmed the training team left behind “explosive material used as a training device for K-9s. This material is commonly used by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to train K-9s in explosives detection.”

The agency “has taken immediate steps to strengthen inventory and control procedures in its K-9 program to prevent such incidents from happening again,” Boyd said, noting that the CIA has done a full inventory of explosive material used in the training program. “CIA is a part of the Northern Virginia community and we will do whatever it takes to prevent this from happening again.”

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Homeland Security Investigates High School Student Who Substituted ‘ISIS’ in Pledge of Allegiance

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is investigating a 15-year-old high school student in Connecticut who substituted “ISIS” for the “United States of America” during the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Hartford Current reports that police and school administrators said the student never posed a risk to school safety.

“The Ansonia police received a complaint from the Ansonia High School administrators on Oct. 9, 2015. The [school resource officer] completed a report and we forwarded it off to Homeland Security as we would with any case that we feel needs to be brought to their attention,” Lt. Andrew Cota said.

The boy was removed from the school out of  “an abundance of caution,” but school officials declined further comment.

“In response to press reports concerning an Ansonia student making reference to ISIS during the Pledge of Allegiance, we did not deem the incident a legitimate threat to the safety of students or staff,” Superintendent Carol Merlone said. “As far as Ansonia Public Schools is concerned, the matter is resolved.”