Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. A junior high school student received one day of in~school suspension for dying the tips of her hair pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The school’s dress code specifically states that non~human hair color or spray isn’t permitted. I applaud the school for sticking to the rules. While I understand and support the cause, the girl violated school policy. A policy that was known to the student and her family prior to her dying her hair. If she wanted to show support, she could have gotten a clip on to wear when not in school or she could have worn a rubber bracelet. By allowing her daughter to violate the rules, the mother essentially taught her daughter that the rules apply to everyone except her. You can read the story by clicking here.

2. Soooo, Stacey Dash is being knocked because she endorsed Mitt Romney. Seriously, people? It’s fine to disagree with her politics but to suggest that she kill herself or to call her out of her name is just plain wrong. Not only is it rude to Dash but it does a disservice to all of those men and women who fought for our right to have a role in the political process. And, I’m pretty certain that if you go back and read the history books, the struggle wasn’t just so blacks can only vote for Democrats. You cannot win an argument with name calling, it’s immature and shows an inability to put forth a cohesive argument. And the last time I checked, the fight for the right to vote was not just so that minorities could vote Democrat (or Republican or Independent), it was so that we all may have a voice in the process. Two of the things that make this nation great are our right to free expression and the right to vote for whomever we choose. You can read the story by clicking here.

3. A 13~year~old Florida boy is accused of sexually assaulting his 5~year~old half brother and murdering his 2~year~old half brother. If convicted the boy faces a life sentence. Right now the boy is to be charged as an adult. The case has people divided, some think he should be tried in juvenile court and receive help while others think he should be tried as an adult and face the same punishment as an adult guilty of the same crimes. I think this kid is beyond help. This boy had already been in trouble for other issues as early as 2008 (simulating sex with classmates, masturbating in class, killing a kitten, etc), that’s when he should’ve gotten help. Aren’t those all signs that point to potential serial killerYou can read the story by clicking here.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?