Welcome to your midweek dose of xoNews. Unfortunately it’s all bad today. I don’t mean to be negative, but there’s just a whole lot of sad going on in the world. From a reality star exposing her children to a convicted child molester, to an Ebola nurse being treated unfairly in quarantine and another school shooting, I’ll try to make Friday’s edition a little less depressing.
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TLC Says Bye Bye To Honey Boo Boo
(Normally, I wouldn’t cover anything like this, but I think it’s very important on a number of levels and this might trigger some people, so here is your warning.)
On Friday, TMZ released photos of June Shannon, aka Mamma June, Honey Boo Boo’s mother on the TLC hit "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," in a hotel bed with Mark McDaniel. Who is he? McDaniel is a longtime friend of June’s who was released from prison in March after serving time for child molestation.
If that sounds bad, tragically, that’s the least of it. It turns out that one of the children he molested was Shannon's own daughter, Anna Caldwell, aka “Chickadee.” Caldwell is now 20 and has her own child, but when she was eight, McDaniel forced her to perform oral sex on him. When Anna told her mother, Shannon didn’t believe her.
When the first set of pictures were released, TLC immediately cancelled the show and released the following statement:
TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being.
Shannon then made a video denying the whole thing and posted it on Facebook. But, she was caught in her lie when TMZ released more photos of Shannon and McDaniel, car and house shopping with each other.
But it gets even worse. On Sunday, TMZ released another photo of Shannon, McDaniel and Honey Boo Boo sitting on a staircase. McDaniel has his hands on the child’s back. While the appropriate authorities have been called and are reportedly investigating, there is little they can do. Apparently exposing children to a convicted child molester is not against the law in Georgia. Reports say Thompson’s father, who is called “Sugar Bear” on the show, is concerned and may file for a custody change. They separated in September.
Doctors Without Borders Nurse Quarantined
Kaci Hickox, a nurse from Maine, is suing the state of New Jersey after she was quarantined for 65 hours in the state after returning from a Doctors Without Borders trip in Sierra Leone to help Ebola victims. Hickox detailed what happened after being questioned by airport authorities in Newark, in a letter she wrote to the Dallas News:
My temperature was taken using a forehead scanner and it read a temperature of 98. I was feeling physically healthy but emotionally exhausted. I called my family to let them know that I was OK. I was hungry and thirsty and asked for something to eat and drink. I was given a granola bar and some water. I wondered what I had done wrong.
Four hours after I landed at the airport, an official approached me with a forehead scanner. My cheeks were flushed, I was upset at being held with no explanation. The scanner recorded my temperature as 101.
The female officer looked smug. “You have a fever now,” she said.
I explained that an oral thermometer would be more accurate and that the forehead scanner was recording an elevated temperature because I was flushed and upset.
Eight police cars escorted me to the University Hospital in Newark. Sirens blared, lights flashed. Again, I wondered what I had done wrong.
At the hospital, I was escorted to a tent that sat outside of the building. The infectious disease and emergency department doctors took my temperature and other vitals and looked puzzled. “Your temperature is 98.6,” they said. “You don't have a fever but we were told you had a fever.”
After my temperature was recorded as 98.6 on the oral thermometer, the doctor decided to see what the forehead scanner records. It read 101. The doctor felt my neck and looked at the temperature again. “There’s no way you have a fever,” he said. “Your face is just flushed.”
My blood was taken and tested for Ebola. It came back negative.
I sat alone in the isolation tent and thought of many colleagues who will return home to America and face the same ordeal. Will they be made to feel like criminals and prisoners?
Hickox told CNN in an interview that her treatment was inhumane, saying she did not have access to her luggage and was given paper scrubs to wear. She stayed in a tent, which did not have a shower or a flushable toilet. The hospital did not give her any reading material or television. But on Sunday, the hospital issued an update saying:
The patient has computer access, use of her cell phone, reading material (magazines, newspaper) and requested and has received take-out food and drink.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended the mandatory quarantine, saying:
I’m sorry if in any way she was inconvenienced, but inconvenience that could occur from having folks that are symptomatic and ill out amongst the public is a much, much greater concern of mine.
He also responded to Hickox’s threat of a lawsuit, saying:
Whatever, get in line. I've been sued lots of times before.
Hickox was transported via private transportation to her home in Maine where she remains for now. The state requires healthcare workers returning from West Africa remain under home quarantine for 21 days, but Hickox does not intend to follow this rule.
School Shooting Outside Seattle
On Friday, Jaylen Fryberg, 15, a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, which is north of Seattle, opened fire on Friday in the school cafeteria killing and injuring several students, before turning the gun on himself. Zoe R. Galasso (14) died in the cafeteria and Gia Soriano (14), died later at the hospital. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit (14), Nate Hatch (14), and Andrew Fryberg (15), who is Jaylen’s cousin, survived but are being treated for gunshot wounds. There were also two other victims with minor injuries.
A wrestler and football player, Fryberg was popular and voted freshman homecoming king. Others also described him as “a really nice kid,” “generally happy” and “not a violent person.”A student told a reporter, Fryberg was “like normal” the day before the shooting.
But, few weeks before this tragedy, he had broken up with his girlfriend and reports say he was bullied for being Native American. Fryberg was a member of the Tulalip Tribes. It was also said that his cousin Andrew Fryberg had been dating another victim, Zoe, and that Jaylen might have had a crush on her. The shootings were also not random -- text messages revealed Fryberg specifically asked his friends to lunch that day.
· Amber Vinson, the second nurse to contract the Ebola virus from Thomas Duncan, has been discharged from the hospital with a clean bill of health.
· On Monday, it was discovered that the plus-sized costumes on Walmart’s website were mislabeled “Fat Girl” costumes. As soon as the company became aware of the situation, Walmart issued an apology, which stated, "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize. We are working to remove it as soon as possible and ensure this never happens again."
· On October 27, a judge ruled that Amanda Bynes will stay at least another month in a psychiatric facility in Pasadena, California.