National School Walkout: Antioch Students Rip Down Flag

ANTIOCH, TN — The National School Walkout demonstration at Antioch High School Wednesday became “unruly,” as a group of students ripped down the American flag, damaged a police car and began fighting during the nationwide event advocating against gun violence and intended to honor the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Cell phone videos taken by students went viral Wednesday night as word spread of the aftermath of the walkout at the high school. The footage shows a group of students rushing to the flag pole, tearing down and then stomping the flag before an unidentified adult is able to grab it. Other videos show students heaving water bottles into the crowd, dancing and fighting during the planned 17 minutes of silence

Metro Police said a patrol car was also damaged.

MNPS released a statement Wednesday evening:

At MNPS, we respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them.
Unfortunately, some students on our Antioch campus today chose to protest in ways that significantly disrupted school operations and threatened the safety and order for other students and staff within our school.
Swift action was taken by school security and MNPD to address the situation. No students or staff members were injured during the walkout.
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Inappropriate behaviors that threaten school safety will be handled immediately and firmly in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and MNPD. We understand that our students may be feeling lots of emotions, including anxiety, fear and even anger about today’s events. We encourage parents to talk to your child(ren) about how they may be feeling, and the importance of expressing themselves in appropriate ways while at school. MNPS also has counselors available and ready to talk to students at any time.
We look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow for a great day of teaching and learning.

MNPS implemented a plan ahead of the walkout intended to minimize disruption, with many principals assisting student leaders with planning events, locations and speakers. There were no problems at any other Metro school Wednesday.

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Described as a ‘thrill seeker’ Bay Area woman marks 108th birthday surrounded by family

ANTIOCH, Calif. (KTVU) – It’s been a pretty special couple of days for Antioch resident Crenna Belle Boyd who turned 108 on Tuesday.

A family gal with loved ones being her greatest treasure, Boyd survived the Great Depression and weathered the task of being a farm wife during troubling times.

And in the process, she raised three of her own children, which led to 12 grandkids, 25 great grandkids, 30 great, great grandkids and one great, great, great grandkid.

At any given family event, six generations may share a table.

For her birthday, the family made sure she was surrounded by love. With family members visiting the Bay Area from as far away as Tennessee, they held an “open house” on Saturday – four days ahead of her birth date.

And though this centenarian spends the majority of her days resting, her oldest granddaughter, Janet Dossey-Barton, says she will always forego a nap if it means she gets to spend time with her family.

“If anyone is at her house she will get right out of bed no matter how tired she is,” Dossey-Barton said.

Born Crenna Crawford in Grove, Oklahoma on March 6, 1910, she was the oldest of six children. She’s the only one still alive.

At 25, Boyd went West and moved to Antioch where she and her husband eventually built a home, and planted a Meyer lemon tree on their property.

She loves that tree, Dossey-Barton said. “She’s been squeezing it for 60 years.”

70 years later, Boyd still lives in that home.

Her husband died in 1991.

For 35 years, Boyd worked at the United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburg before she retired in 1972.

The years she’d been retired became a running joke between her and Dossey-Barton, with her granddaughter being the brunt of the joke.

“She always liked to tease me that she has been retired longer than I’ve worked,” said Dossey-Barton.

Boyd was a true conservationist, according to family members, steadily recycling everything throughout her entire life.

She’s also described as a bit of a thrill seeker.

At 95 years old, she went skydiving in Byron. She did a tandem jump from 14,000 feet. The idea was all hers. No other family members joined.

When asked why, she offered a simple response: “Just because.”

Beyond her deep love for her family and for her treasured lemon tree, there are a couple of other things that Boyd appreciates – watching “Judge Judy” and acquiring anything free.

In fact, her frugality is one reason why she chooses not to take any medication. None at all.

Besides the fact that she doesn’t really need it, Dossey-Barton added, “It’s usually because it costs money and she doesn’t want to spend it.”

Above everything else, for Boyd, her family is her life. And if there’s one thing that’s vexing, for her, it’s her mobility and how that impacts the time she spends with her grandchildren.

“She wishes she could be more active,” Dossey-Barton said. “But she’s content with what being 108 affords her.”

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