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Can't blame Republicans for this one.

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I’m confused.

I thought Hannah and the Stranger were against punishing criminals.

Hannah SLOGAM and all of the Stranger’s stories about the city and county attorneys are all focused on telling us that criminals need fourth, fifth, sixth, hell as many chances as it takes before they face any punishment for their crimes.

The student who said “It’s not fair that a three-day suspension is equal to a lifetime of fear.” Should not look to the Stranger for support or comfort. Hell most commentators on here would call her a right wing troll from the eastside.

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@2
I don't think I've ever seen anyone put sexual assault into the crimes of poverty category.

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Yeah, last class an unaccountable protest? Yeah, I'll disappear! What, am I stupid!

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Democrats have failed sexual assault victims. And failed to stem the skyrocketing Human Trafficking on Aurora. Vote them out.

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Drama Queens.

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Wow! Another "no burger" walk out by students. .

What will they think of next?

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@3 Then you must not have read Hannah's Friday morning slog where she criticized City Attorney Davison's High Utilizer Program as just picking on trespassers.

Or perhaps you missed Nicole Thomas-Kennedy's platform of not prosecuting any misdemeanor cases except maybe DUIs.

And you must have missed the repeated attempts by the Stranger Staff to minimize the sexual trafficking and assault in the various encampments across the city.

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this World
will soon be
Yours, chirrens.

grab it by the Balls*
and Make It SO

your Time is
rapidly run-
ning Out.

*Metaphorically
speaking
duh

@4 -- evidently

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“the Class of 2024 does not want someone accused of a crime–regardless of their guilt–to be the face of our class.”

I think this must be a challenging topic to cover as a journalist, given the emotional response on both sides. (Evident in the comments, although I was expecting worse, frankly...) I'm glad that it's being reported on here. Hope to see thoughtful and nuanced coverage, which is so rare and so sorely needed. It's complicated, real people are affected in lasting ways, and the right answers aren't always obvious. Hopefully we can figure out how to tell the truest possible stories and hear each other openly. But anyway, wow. Interesting read.

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Any excuse to get out of a taxpayer-funded education. I want my money back!

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Russian high school students: Taught to field strip a Kalashnikov.
American high school students: Taught that words are equivalent to violence.

I fear for the future of our country.

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"Since the alleged assault happened off-campus, SPS cannot investigate and the case is in the Seattle Police Department’s hands."
Is this not the salient point of the story? Does the school district have authority over students outside school hours, events and property? When I was in high school this expansive new of school administrators' authority would not have been well received. I was up to a lot of mischief out of the view of the high school administrators.
“the Class of 2024 does not want someone accused of a crime–regardless of their guilt–to be the face of our class.”
Has "innocent until proven guilty" given way to mob justice and peasants marching with torches and pitchforks? This is a good thing?

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@12. Regardless of what those Russian high school students are being taught, their Ukrainian high school student contemporaries are proving the Russian military isn’t as formidable as we thought.

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They talk to us as though we are children. You are children so thank heavens for that. Sexual assault is terrible but so is mob justice. A) The fact the title 9 coordinator is asking the kids to let the process play out is key here as title 9 is one of the only effective way sexual assault is held to account at least in the college ranks. Often times the local police are less than helpful to victims of sexual assault related to campuses so I understand why the kids might want some title 9 help. So if the title 9 person says chill and wait and see i'd listen to them.

B)The restorative justice versus stop sexual assault thing is interesting, like in the poster of the kids in the picture. It makes me wonder if the accused is BIPOC and the accuser is white and female so that maybe adds some cultural complexity there. Managing two different legacies of patriarchy that have set exploited peoples against each other to the benefit of the white man in a young supposedly left wing hopefully revolutionary minded kids.

The stuff the kids said they want from the district seems largely legit. Interesting shit.

Anyhow. Read Missoula by Jon Krakauer. It is important.

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I feel for the school. Both students have rights and the school has limited jurisdiction to investigate. Any well meaning misstep can result in a lawsuit, further draining resources for a rapidly dis-enrolling district.

Most of the demands seem quite reasonable and there’s no harm in extending them, although you could drive a truck through what a “positive environment” for victims looks like. Need to get clearer on what that is for everyone’s sake.

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@8
How is any of that a sex crime?

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@17 Were you born yesterday?

Many of the misdemeanors crimes prosecuted by the City Attorney's office are sexual and domestic assault charges.

Just because it's a misdemeanor doesn't mean it can't be a violent crime.

Also Ann Davison's predecessor was notorious for undercharging felonies down to misdemeanors.

The justice those high school students are seeking will not be provided by a Progressive Prosecutor.

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@18
Progressive prosecutor or not, successfully convicting a sex crime is a long shot in general.The statics are just shit in that respect. What these kids want is some extra-judicial outcome that's not realistic but at least they are showing her some support. I hope she gets the therapy that she needs.

If anything does come of this it will go through the KC juvenile court as the perp is a minor. You're drowning out a signal that's here with with all your extraneous grievance noise.

As a matter of fact yes, I was born yesterday, but its OK I was up all night studying.

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@19: "What these kids want is some extra-judicial outcome that's not realistic but at least they are showing her some support."

They've already hounded the accused into giving up a leadership position. And the students need to understand why their efforts have indeed violated their school's code against harassment, intimidation, and bullying. They need to learn how the road to hell is so often paved with good intentions, and how feeling right and just and good provides no proof against doing real harm to the innocent. They need to learn why we have due process, presumption of innocence, the rule of law, evidentiary requirements, and all of those associated, tedious procedures, all of which delay gratification in the cause of justice. This is a teachable moment, and I hope their school continues teaching them.

@2, etc.: Contrary to your implication of hypocrisy, the Stranger has remained consistent. For the last few years, they have championed open lawlessness and mob rule, and made very, very clear their loathing and contempt for our laws, courts, police, and individual rights. Have drugged-out, violent campers seized public property for uncompensated private use? Great! Needles on playgrounds? What needles?!? Save the Showbox by simply ignoring the very idea of private property? Go CM Sawant!!! Lose big-time in court? Outrageous! Nobody could have predicted! (Except, of course, our many commenters who had done exactly that, and whom we therefore so utterly despise.)

Heck, they even endorsed a candidate for City Attorney who promised not to prosecute violent crimes against women. After that brilliant decision somehow failed, they then railed against the majority of citizens, for actually daring to vote in favor of prosecuting such crimes. The barrel, it has no bottom.

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@20: "They need to learn why we have due process, presumption of innocence, the rule of law, evidentiary requirements, and all of those associated, tedious procedures, all of which delay gratification in the cause of justice".

Exactly. My long-deceased Dad was a judge. He would often say "We don't try people in the newspaper, and there is a reason for that."


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