An elementary school teacher went above and beyond the typical teacher duties that unexpectedly resulted in her saving one of her student’s father’s life.
First-grade teacher Keller Sutherland of Ellen Woodside Elementary in South Carolina was heading home on a typical Wednesday after an after-school meeting was canceled, but first stopped to grab crackers out of a vending machine.
While driving home, Sutherland noticed a young boy riding his bicycle in heavy traffic on Highway 25. Knowing something wasn’t right Sutherland decided to turn around and see what was going on. As she stated on Facebook, “When I approached the child I realized it was one of my students from last year. This precious little boy was on his way to get help after his dad had a medical emergency at home.”
Cameron Simoncic, the first-grader in Mrs. Sutherland’s class arrived home from school to see his father passed out on the kitchen floor. “My dad has diabetes and whenever he has these episodes and whenever it happens, his brain can’t function,” 7-year-old Simoncic told WSPA News. After trying and failing to unlock his dad’s phone to call 911, the boy tried his neighbors, “I knocked on the doors but neither of them were home, so I got on my bike and tried to ride to my grandmas.” En route to his grandmother house, 5 miles away, is when Mrs. Sutherland caught a glimpse of the boy on a mission.
“I just told my husband, I said there’s a small child on his bicycle riding down the road. I’m not sure what’s going on but I feel like I need to just turn around and see what’s going on,” Sutherland explained. After catching up to young Simoncic, the pair (along with others who stopped to make sure the boy was okay) called 911 and explained the situation. Telling police officers where he lived, first responders rushed to the unconscious father.
Posting on Facebook, Sutherland said, “I am incredibly grateful to have passed by him when I did! There is no doubt that this moment was a divine intervention from God!!!”
Yesterday was a day that I will never forget! I was heading home from work when I noticed a small child riding his bike…
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Pledges to Outlaw Big Tech Censorship
Texas has had enough.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is pledging to outlaw Big Tech’s left-wing censorship, announcing his support of a bill in the Texas State Senate that would open social media monopolies to lawsuits from users at a state level.
State Senator Bryan Hughes Senate Bill 12 would provide legal recourse for users of Big Tech platforms who are banned from the services to return, designating Big Tech monopolies such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as common carriers.
“They are common carriers and they cannot discriminate against people … it’s a violation of the first amendment,” Hughes said. “This is going to protect Texas’ free speech and get them back online.”
I am joining @SenBryanHughes to announce a bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints.
It's un-American, Un-Texan, & soon to be illegal.https://t.co/zSdirRa1pj
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 5, 2021
“These are the areas that used to be the courthouse square where people would come and talk,” said Abbott of the legislation. “Now, people are going to Facebook and Twitter to talk about their political ideas, and what Facebook and Twitter are doing — they are controlling the flow of information, and sometimes denying the flow of information.”
“Texas is taking a stand against big tech political censorship. We are not going to allow it in the Lone Star state.”
The law establishing legal recourse against online censorship may prove legally durable enough to avoid breaching Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law provides immunity for user-created content on internet platforms, and doesn’t give social media platforms a right to discriminate against active or potential users on the basis of political ideology.
The future for fighting Big Tech censorship lies at a state level. While some state Republican officials have proven reluctant to separate themselves from the lucrative business lobbies of Big Tech oligarchs, Hughes’ approach seems legally innovative enough to give free speech defenders a fighting shot at free expression online.
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