DMX, Iconic Ruff Ryders Rapper, Dies at 50

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DMX performs at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 21, 2017 in New York City.  

DMX, the iconic rapper who helped build the Ruff Ryders label into a powerhouse during the late 1990s, has died.

The Yonkers-bred MC, born Earl Simmons, passed away on Friday (April 10) after experiencing a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose. He was 50.

“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever,” his family said in a statement. “We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”ARTIST MENTIONEDDMX

As of Sunday (April 4), DMX had been on life support and was in a “vegetative state,” according to his former manager.

One of rap’s biggest underdogs, DMX, catapulted into mainstream glory in 1998 when the East Coast crown was up for grabs. After the passing of The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997, New York yearned for a new king. With Nas and Jay-Z considered promising replacements to the throne, a young, spirited DMX pounced on the opportunity to spar with the city’s elite.

Before officially entering the mainstream circuit with his magnum opus, 1998’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, X proved his competitive fervor when he and Jay first battled in the mid-’90s. As legend has it, X took a cab from Baltimore to New York to partake in the main event. To this day, the contentious Bronx royale highlighted X’s bruising delivery, scrappy wordplay, and grit-and-grind mindset.

“It was both of their styles at their purest forms. DMX was definitely on that barking, that whole thing. That was his whole persona. His voice was just raw,” producer Ski-Beatz told HipHopDX in 2011 regarding the infamous showdown.

The Darkman’s dog-eat-dog mentality continued when he signed to Ruff Ryders/Def Jam. Like his Bronx battle against Jay, X didn’t shy away from the competition. Out the gate, he blitzed the hip-hop game with hard-hitting features, most notably LL Cool J‘s “4, 3, 2, 1” (Remix), Mase‘s “24 Hrs. to Live,” and The LOX‘s “Money, Power, Respect.”

Then, in 1998, his signature growl and bark found a home on his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot. After flexing his aggressive aura on his singles like “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy,” he put the rap game on notice when he and a young Swizz Beatz carved out “Ruff Ryders Anthem” — an ode to their burgeoning crew.

The album zoomed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, cementing his status as a superstar. Following the release of It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, X’s pursuit for rap dominance continued when he doubled down and dropped his second album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, later that year.

While juggling his newfound music fame, X segued into acting. He proved he was a natural when he starred alongside Nas in the hip-hop classic film Belly. His role opened more doors on the movie side, as he later was featured in Romeo Must Die (2000), Exit Wounds (2001) and Cradle 2 the Grave (2003).

Seven months after the release of It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, X scored his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood in December 1998. That feat made him the second artist after Tupac Shakur to have two albums released in the same calendar year go No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Though X’s tough exterior lured listeners in, it was vulnerability and bone-chilling honesty that served as his best attributes. Tracks such as “Slippin” and “I Can Feel It” offered glimpses into his mindset when he encountered the hard times in his life. Those rough patches were often his double-edged sword. As a child, he was abused by his mother. He was sent away to children’s homes. At 14, he tried crack cocaine. And though his troubled youth served as great material for his songs, it would later have a toll on his adult life, where he would experience substance abuse.

After being charged with tax fraud in 2017, DMX spent a year in prison. Upon getting out, he canceled a slew of shows to check into rehab. In 2019, he struggled with drug addiction again and went back to a rehabilitation facility.

“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility,” his Instagram told fans. “He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”

Those moments also strengthened X’s resiliency. He leaned on his faith as Jehovah’s Witness to carry him on. The power of prayer was one of X’s hallmarks, especially throughout his albums and performances. Before he exited a set, he fittingly placed a bow on his performance with a heartfelt prayer.

“One thing about Dog is that it never really mattered about the money,” Swizz Beatz told Billboard in 2018. You never seen X in a fancy car. You’ve never seen him with an excess [amount] of jewelry on. X gave his money away to a lot of people. People don’t do that. X is just a different type of person. That’s why I still support him and his family to this day as my brother, no matter what he’s dealing with or whatever. We’ve slept on the floors together. We did real s— together. X is just unique.”

With five No. 1 Billboard 200 albums to his credit, X wasn’t just a rapper — he was a fighter. He fought demons. He fought the odds. He slept on floors. He did whatever he needed to do to push on because that’s all he knew how to do. Now, with him finally at peace, he no longer needs to fight. The dog can finally walk away, knowing his legacy will always be remembered and respected.

DMX Received Covid Vaccine Days Before Heart Attack – Family Says NO DRUGS! (EXCLUSIVE)

Rap legend DMX, real name Earl Simmons, is currently in the ICU after suffering from a massive heart attack. Early reports speculated that DMX’s condition may have been brought about because of an alleged drug overdose.

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But MTO News spoke with a member of the Simmons family who believes that it was NOT drugs that caused the heart attack.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview, MTO News spoke with DMX’ family member who told us that the rapper received the COVID vaccine about a week before he suffered from the heart attack.

DMX’s family member told MTO News, “[DMX] got the vaccine when they opened it up to people over 50. He got it so that he could go travel and perform, stuff like that.”

New York State opened up the COVID-19 vaccinations for people over the age of 50 in mid March.

And the family member suspects that DMX heart attack could have been a reaction to the vaccine. The family member explained, “Everyone [in the news] keeps saying that [DMX] had a drug overdose. How do they know. I’m in the family and no doctor told me anything about an overdose.”

The family member is FURIOUS about the speculation surrounding DMX drug use. She told MTO News, “Yes he had past issues with drugs. But nobody knows that he had an OD. It’s f**cked up that its being reported like that.”

She told MTO News that she – and the family – are considering taking legal action against news publications prematurely concluding that DMX  suffered a drug overdose.

But what is clear – according to the family member – is that DMX did take the Covid vaccine.

The grieving kin explained, “He took that vaccine, and he had a heart attack. I’m not saying the vaccine did it, but he never had a heart attack before.”

Over 167 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through April 5, 2021. During this time, The CDC received only 2,794 reports of death among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.

2 Black Female DC Teens Will Not Face Consequences For Violent Death Of Asian Uber Eats Driver

2 Black Female DC Teens Will Not Face Consequences For Violent Death Of Asian Uber Eats Driver

Two Black Teen girls whose shocking and violent attacks went viral and ended in a Muslim man’s death in Washington DC while he was working have been given a rapid cushy plea deal to basically get off without any punishment.

“Two teen girls accused of car-jacking and killing an Uber Eats driver in D.C. ‘reach plea deal with prosecutor ensuring they will not be held past the age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility, “DailyMail UK reported.

The condition in a nutshell: Two Black Teens killed an Asian man, Mohammad Anwar, an immigrant from Pakistan, and showed absolutely no remorse at all while they passed the body of the man they killed to look for their phones.  The Black Mayor of DC, who supports and defends Black Lives Matter, tweeted out a callous tweet after the event, and now the girls will not face any consequences for their violent crime.

“The two killers of Mohammed Anwar getting a plea deal that avoids prison time is a perfect example of both female privilege and black privilege. No way in hell does a white male teenager who murders a Pakistani immigrant get a deal like that, especially in DC,” Matt Walsh posted on Twitter. 

“The two girls charged in the death of Mohammed Anwar are getting a plea deal in a few days. The youngest girl was involved in a car-jacking in January! They won’t be tried as adults! And, they’re out on bail!!” A poster on Twitter wrote in reaction to the news of the plea deal. 

Paul Joesph Watson wrote about the plea deal:

“The shocking incident which occurred last month was caught on camera but received little media attention amidst a media narrative about “white supremacy” posing the biggest threat to Asians.

Mohammad Anwar resisted the two African-American girls’ efforts to steal his vehicle as the pair used a taser to try to subdue him.

The clip shows the girls driving off with the car as Anwar clings onto the door. A loud smash is then heard as the car crashes, violently throwing Anwar from the vehicle while both girls escape relatively unharmed,” he wrote.

At the same time, Trump supporters have spent weeks in prison waiting for hearings on the events of Jan. 6th; it is curious to note how quickly these two teens were processed and given a very light sentence for a violent crime that ended up in the death of a man.

According to the Daily Mail article: 

  • Two girls, ages 13 and 15, who were charged with the murder and carjacking of a Mohammad Anwar, 66, in DC , have reportedly reached a plea deal.
  • On Monday, the teens are said to have reached the deal with prosecutors that would ensure they won’t be held past age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility
  • Anwar died when police said the girls, armed with a taser, sped off in his car as he clung to the driver’s side with the door open and crashed seconds later

I covered the shocking video and the aftermath here, questioning if the Mayor of DC is showing bias:

Consider that in a similar case from January teens who killed an Uber Eats Driver in a carjacking faced capital murder.

Star-Telegram on Houston reported:

“Two 14-year-old boys were arrested Wednesday [Janurary 28 2021]  on suspicion they were involved in the fatal stabbing of a 31-year-old woman who was delivering for Uber Eats in Haltom City on Saturday, officials announced.

The suspects, whose identities weren’t released because they’re juveniles, wanted to steal her car but couldn’t find her keys, according to police. They also took her iPhone 7.

The two suspects appeared separately in Tarrant County Juvenile Court on Thursday morning for virtual detention hearings, where officials read from a police report stating a confidential informant told law enforcement of their involvement and that one of them was planning to leave town. The teens came before a judge in a juvenile processing facility for a formal admission, officials said. They are charged with delinquent conduct/capital murder.”

So do the teen girls who killed the Asian man have some sort of special status?

The left has completely shifted our justice system to their social justice system it appears. That is what happens with the far left are elected to govern.

Rapper YG’s Song ‘Meet the Flockers’ Sparks Protests, Accusations of Targeting Asian Americans

Protesters are saying YG’s song “Meet the Flockers” celebrates violence against Asian Americans.

Chinese Americans gather outside Wednesday night at The Fillmore, a concert venue, in Silver Spring, Maryland, to protest a 2014 song by rapper YG called “Meet the Flockers.” Demonstrators say the song celebrates violence against Asian Americans.Courtesy of Cliff Li

Asian Americans protested Wednesday night outside a concert in Maryland, criticizing California rap artist YG for a song whose lyrics talk about burglarizing homes in Chinese neighborhoods.

“It glorifies crime against Asian Americans,” Cliff Li, one of the rally organizers, told NBC News. “We want to say it’s wrong to glorify crime against everybody.”

Holding signs that read “STOP Cultural Violence” and “Respect everybody, Respect yourself,” between 30 and 50 protesters, most of them Chinese American, gathered outside YG’s concert at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, Li said, about six miles north of Washington, D.C.

Between 30 and 50 Chinese Americans protest outside a YG rap concert Wednesday at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. They say YG’s “Meet the Flockers,” released in 2014, perpetuates cultural violence and glorifies crime against Asian Americans.Courtesy of Cliff Li

The controversy centers on YG’s “Meet The Flockers” and its music video, released in 2014. The lyrics, which critics say detail how to commit a burglary, begin: “First, you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.”

The music video shows two armed men, with bandanas partially covering their faces, entering a house as the camera pans over to a framed photo of an Asian-American family of four.

Outrage over “Meet The Flockers” comes almost a month after a Chinese-American woman made headlines for confronting three intruders who had entered her Atlanta-area home in the middle of the night on Sept. 16.

The woman opened fire with her own handgun, and at least two armed suspects returned fire, according to NBC Atlanta affiliate 11Alive. One suspect was killed in the exchange, while two others escaped and were still at large, the news station reported. The woman was not charged.

There is no confirmation whether the incident was related to the song, but Li said it was one of the factors that led to the protests against the song.

Five days after the Atlanta incident, a White House petition was created, saying “‘Meet the Flockers’ by YG encourages violence and crimes to a specific ethnic group.” The online petition asks for the song to be banned from “public media” and for the “legal responsibilities of the writer” to be investigated.

As of Friday morning, the petition had received more than 71,000 signatures.

“Think about all the inner-city kids, think about all the kids in the United States and all over the world, if they watch this, what kind of influence will it have on these kids,” said Li, secretary general of the New Civil Rights Alliance, one of the groups that demonstrated.

Rapper YG performs onstage at Staples Center on Sept. 7, 2016 in Los Angeles.Scott Dudelson / Getty Images, file

YG did not return emails from NBC News requesting comment on the protest.

Li said demonstrators were also upset by YG and Nipsey Hussle’s “FDT” song and video, which features rappers singing the refrain “f**k Donald Trump” as people display the middle finger at the camera.

“I feel this is the wrong way to use an art form to distort a lot of facts the candidate said,” Li added.

Additional protests against the rap artists and what demonstrators called cultural violence are being planned for this weekend and next week, Li said, in cities where YG will appear for “The F**k Donald Trump Tour.”

China Is Detaining Christians In Secret Facilities Forcing Them To Renounce Their Faith Or Be Tortured: Report

China Is Detaining Christians In Secret Facilities Forcing Them To Renounce Their Faith Or Be Tortured: Report

The Chinese Communist Party is reportedly detaining Christians in secret facilities and forcing them to renounce their faith or face being tortured for months.

“A member of a Christian ‘house church’ in the southwestern province of Sichuan who asked to be identified by a pseudonym Li Yuese said he was held in a facility run by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s United Front Work Department, working in tandem with the state security police, for 10 months after a raid on his church in 2018,” Radio Free Asia reported. “Another Christian who asked to remain anonymous told RFA that similar facilities are being used across China, not just for Protestants, but also for members of the underground Catholic church, and of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, a target of authorities since 1999.”

Radio Free Asia is a non-profit broadcasting corporation funded through the U.S. Agency for Global Media, an independent federal government agency.

The communists reportedly focus mostly on targeting “house churches” that are not members of the CCP-backed Three-Self Patriotic Association, which teaches people a CCP-approved version of Christianity because it views Christianity as a national security threat.

“It was a mobile facility, that could just set up in some basement somewhere. It was staffed by people from several different government departments,” Li said. “It had its own (CCP) political and legal affairs committee working group, and they mainly target Christians who are members of house churches.”

“They use really underhand[ed] methods,” Li continued. “They threaten, insult and intimidate you. These were United Front officials, men, women, sometimes unidentified, usually in plain clothes. The police turn a blind eye to this. You have to accept the statement they prepare for you. If you refuse, you will be seen as having a bad attitude and they will keep you in detention and keep on beating you.”

Li said that the basement that he was kept in was in a secret location where he could not see outside and lost all concept of time. He also said that he tried to hurt himself and thought of suicide often because he said that it would have been better than what he was subjected to.

“I couldn’t sleep; after you’ve been in there a week, death starts to look better than staying there. I bashed myself against the wall to self-harm,” he said. “One time in there, I was groggy and was trying to open my eyes but I couldn’t. Four or five of them grabbed me by the arms and legs and pinned me to the ground. They they injected me with some drug, and brought me back to consciousness.”

Reports on China’s persecution of Christians are hardly new. The Daily Wire highlighted a report last summer about how communist officials in China were reportedly forcing Christians to renounce their faith and remove religious symbols from their homes, replacing them with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping, or face being cut off from all welfare services.

A lawyer in China who said that he had represented a large number of Catholics that had been detained and tortured by communist officials told RFA that after the religious officials were arrested, the communist officials “just disappeared them, sometimes for five, six or even 10 years at a stretch.”

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Former Lehigh Student Allegedly Poisoned Black Roommate, Wrote Racist Message In Dorm Room

A former Lehigh University student from China who was already facing ethnic intimidation charges against a black dormitory roommate is now accused of attempted homicide by trying to slowly poison him

A former Lehigh University student from China who was already facing ethnic intimidation charges against a black dormitory roommate is now accused of attempted homicide by trying to slowly but surely poison him.NORTHAMPTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Pennsylvania prosecutors said Thursday that Yukai Yang, 22, allegedly poisoned his Lehigh roommate, Juwan Royal, also 22, whose blood tested positive for the chemical thallium after he reported becoming increasingly sick. Yang, a chemistry major, gained access to the toxic chemical that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. In May, Yang was charged with ethnic intimidation, institutional vandalism and criminal mischief after he scrawled the n-word on a desk in the room he shared with Royal, who is black.

Yang later admitted to Lehigh University police he purchased several chemicals, but with the intent of doing harm to himself should he perform poorly on assignments and exams.

Assistant District Attorney Abe Kassis told NBC News Yang had surreptitiously been slipping the poisonous thallium chemical into Royal’s mouthwash, food and casual beverages he’d find unattended throughout their dorm room. In February, Royal told campus police he felt a burning sensation after drinking from a water bottle in his room. Much of the poison was allegedly secretly placed into food and drinks in their shared dorm room refrigerator.

Royal also became increasingly sick back in March with symptoms of dizziness, vomiting and uncontrollable shaking. During questioning about the racist note left in the room, campus police separately confronted Yang about Royal’s mysterious sickness. Prosecutors said that much like the slow process Yang was using to poison his roommate, Royal slowly realized what was happening.

“Initially, Mr. Royal was as dumbfounded by this as everyone else, because he believed they had a fairly cordial relationship as roommates,” Kassis told NBC News.

Yang is an international student from China who turned himself into police in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Thursday on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli announced.

Yang is no longer enrolled at Lehigh and his student visa has been revoked as he faces the slew of charges related to the alleged poisoning.

“The Lehigh University Police Department has worked closely with the District Attorney’s Office on the investigation and will continue to do so,” a spokeswoman for the school said in a statement to a local NBC affiliate. “From the outset, our concern has been the health and safety of the victim of these alleged behaviors and, as such, Lehigh staff and faculty have been providing support, services and assistance.”

EXCLUSIVE: DMX OD’S AND IN GRAVE-CONDITION!

DMX suffered a drug overdose Friday night and is currently in the hospital … and the prognosis is not good.

Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ, the OD occurred at his home at around 11 PM. Our sources say the overdose triggered a heart attack.

DMX was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York and is in the critical care unit. We’re told he has “some brain activity.” Another source says he’s in a “vegetative state” and doctors have cautioned he may not make it.

As we have reported over the years, DMX, who was the cornerstone of the Ruff Ryders label, has battled substance abuse and has been to rehab several times. His last rehab stint back in 2019 came after he completed a 12-month sentence for tax evasion.

At the time, we were told DMX hadn’t relapsed, but checked himself into rehab out of fear he might again, as he felt temptations to use creep up on him again.

DMX made his return to the stagefollowing rehab in December 2019 when he hit Hakkassan in Las Vegas, chatting it up and taking photos with fans before he hit the stage.

During the Vegas show, he took a moment to tell fans, “When you fall down, get back up, everyone here has been through some s**t and you never know what God is willing to do for you until you need him to do something for you.”

Last we saw him perform was in July 2020, when X faced off with Snoop Dogg in a Verzuz battle which saw more than 500K viewers tune in, proving he still had an incredible ability to bring an audience.

We will, of course, update as information becomes available regarding his current situation.

Story developing …

Donnie McClurkin says he’ll likely ‘be alone’ forever due to his sexuality

‘I’ve messed up more than I’ve had good. My past relationships were a sprinkling of everything – men and women,’ says McClurkin

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is opening up yet again about his sexuality, revealing in a recent episode of TV One’s Uncensored that he may end up alone for the rest of his life.

Donnie McClurkin attends 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 07, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

McClurkin, 61, had previously opened up years ago about his past struggles with homosexuality, which he called a “perversion,” and claimed that he was able to suppress his sexual orientation, citing his and many Christian churches’ stance on homosexuality as a sin.

He admitted that he still had urges to be with men but chose not to. Comparing homosexuality to diabetes he said, “I don’t eat sugar, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want sugar.”

Now, the Grammy Award-winning artist says he believes his struggle over his sexuality will leave him without the family he always dreamed of. 

“I didn’t know really what a woman wanted,” McClurkin said on Uncensored. “I’ve messed up more than I’ve had good. My past relationships were a sprinkling of everything – men and women.”

“When things get rough I go back into my safe place – my music and my ministry,” he added. “Never having a long-term relationship in my life and never being married, I chalked that up. I will probably be alone for the rest of my life as far as a mate is concerned.”

McClurkin appeared to be alluding to his 2016 relationship with gospel singer Nicole C. Mullen. After rumors swirled that the pair had been engaged, Mullen spoke out publicly to set the record straight.

“We are heading towards marriage, but we are honoring protocol 1st!,” Mullen wrote online.

“Honestly, the only thing in my life that is missing is marriage. The only thing that is missing in my life that can cause real family, is marriage. Financially, I’m there. Spiritually, I’m almost there. Emotionally, I’m getting it together,” McClurkin told faith-based TV host Matt Crouch.

Donnie McClurkin performs (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

“But the only thing that’s missing out of everything that I’m doing locally, cross country and globally is that aspect that makes family, family — is that wife that would make man whole, that element that brings favor to man.”

McClurkin had previously written about his struggles with his attraction to men, blaming his desires on being a victim of child molestation.

“These tendencies surfaced because a broken man thrust an 8-year-old boy into this whirlwind. Thus my first sexual relationship was with a man,” said the gospel veteran. “Before I could ever know the purpose or pleasure of a woman, have my first date or even my first kiss, the wound was inflicted, and the seed was planted.”

“There may be some who will read this and resent some of the statements made about homosexuality. I understand,” McClurkin added. “Some have no desire to change this lifestyle. But there are countless numbers of people who are not happy in this lifestyle and want to be freed from it.”

After the airing of his recent episode of Uncensored, Black Twitter had much to say as they weighed in on McClurkin’s declaration of a life of solitude due to his sexual repression.

“heartbreaking. no one can tell me it’s God will for donnie mcclurkin to suffer loneliness to this extent because of who he’s attracted to. isolated from companionship to appease sinners in the church and i am devastated for him,” wrote one Twitter user.

Another tweeted: “Tragic that Donnie McClurkin chooses to be shackled to the fear of condemnation that religion teaches us. My hope is for gay/queer children and adults are met with love and acceptance so they can freely exist.”

7-year-old charged with rape, lawyer calls it ‘absurd’

BRASHER FALLS, N.Y. (WWNY) – A 7-year-old boy from Brasher Falls has been charged with rape.

State police didn’t release much information, but said the unidentified child was charged with third-degree rape on March 23.

Troopers say the incident was reported on Thanksgiving.

The child was cited and released. The case will be handled in Family Court.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

We spoke with a New York City attorney, who is with a group that handles youth defense cases.

“Instinctually, it shouldn’t happen that a 7 year old – I don’t think you even could really realize what you’re doing at 7 years old. So I think it’s absurd to charge a 7 year old with rape. They’d have to prove he actually physically committed this act, which to me it almost seems to be an impossibility,” said Anthony Martone, Queens Defenders, felony youth defense unit director.

He said it appears the boy is being charged as a juvenile delinquent. A bill pending in Albany would change the minimum age for being charged as a juvenile delinquent from 7 to 12.

San Diego Teachers to Provide In-Person Instruction to Migrant Children before Public School Students

© Jose Luis Gonzalez/ReutersMigrant children from Central America walk at the Leona Vicario temporary migrant shelter before being transferred to continue their asylum request in the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on February 26, 2021.

San Diego Unified School District teachers have been asked to teach migrant children in-person during their spring break, though students in the district are still learning in an online-only format, according to a new report.

While SDUSD students are scheduled to begin a hybrid model of learning on April 12, with a combination of in-person and online formats, an SDUSD spokeswoman told Fox News that teachers had been offered an opportunity to teach, in-person, migrant children who are staying at the San Diego Convention Center. The spokeswoman did not know if the teachers would be paid for the teaching.

“The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is providing the educational program for the unaccompanied migrant children who will be staying at the San Diego Convention Center through July. All children in California, regardless of immigration status, have a constitutional right to education. We also have a moral obligation to ensure a bright future for our children,” an SDCOE spokesperson told Fox News. 

“The educational program will include English language development and social-emotional learning opportunities,” the statement adds. “The teachers who are participating in the program are doing so voluntarily, and the program is following a COVID-19 screening protocol based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” 

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond criticized the move: “We have 130,000 kids who haven’t been allowed in a classroom for over a year in the San Diego United School District. It’s great that there’s in-person learning for those unaccompanied minors from Central America, but I wish every child in San Diego Country was allowed the same opportunity for in-person teaching.”

Representative Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said “the decision to provide in-person instruction to illegal migrants is outrageous and parents have every right to be angry.”

Emily Diaz, an SDUSD parent noted that 14 percent of the students in the district have disabilities and 23 percent are English language learners.

“San Diego Unified took in millions of dollars in relief funding to bring them back at the beginning of the school year but only 6000 are in-person today and we have no idea how that money was used,” she said. “What is happening right now is immoral.”

A California judge issued a restraining order earlier this month blocking state officials from enforcing a reopening framework that mandated four-foot limits on space between students, and rules required students to remain in small cohorts within a single classroom. The judge, Cynthia Freeland, sided with a San Diego parents group which argued the framework effectively prevented middle schools and high schools from reopening their doors. Freeland ordered the seven San Diego-area districts to “reopen their schools for in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible at the earliest practicable time.”