The women FORMERLY known as Judge Barbara Mobley resigned today. Why would a Dekalb County judge who made around $150,000 a year resign? Well, Ms. Mobley is floating in a well cooked stew of allegations. Today, the AJC reports that Mobley has allegedly done everything from use her position to benefit someone behind on child-support to have a state worker access the Georgia Crime Information Center for information not related to a judicial matter to use public funds to make purchases for a church. I think Ms. Mobley forgot that Jesus said to obey the laws of the land unless they interfere with His word. Maybe she got a call from Jesus authorizing the church purposes. I could be out of the loop, or I could be thinking about the $3,800 in cell phone bills she racked up in 2008. I digress! I wish I could tell you that these were all of the allegations made against Ms. Mobley; however, it boils down to the fact that after working eight hours I don’t have the energy to type all the allegations! Barbara Mobley is one hot mess! Yes ma’am, indeed! If these allegations are true, I have one thing to say— HELL TO THE NO, Ms. Mobley, the citizens of Dekalb County deserve better than a trifling judge sitting on the bench.
By CHRISTIAN BOONE, KATIE LESLIE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A crowd of about 60 gathered Tuesday night at the DeKalb home of Jaheem Herrera to remember the fifth-grader who committed suicide last week. The 11-year-old boy hanged himself at his home after — according to his family — relentless bullying at Dunaire Elementary School.
Masika Bermudez, the boy’s mother, spoke briefly at the vigil that started about 7 p.m.
After a short prayer, Bermudez told friends and parents to make sure their children understand that whatever problems they have “don’t be afraid to talk to your mother.”
As Bermudez spoke, she clung to two daughters — Ny’irah, 7 and Yerralis, 10. Yerralis discovered her brother’s body last Thursday after school.
“His sister was screaming, ‘Get him down, get him down,’” said Norman Keene, Jaheem’s stepfather.
When Keene got to the room, he saw Yerralis holding her brother, trying to remove the pressure of the noose her brother had fashioned with a fabric belt.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Jennifer Errion, assistant director of student support services, prevention-intervention for DeKalb schools.
DeKalb County schools have programs in place to combat the types of bullying and violence that may have led to Jaheem’s death, but a Errion acknowledged the prevention program is “not a vaccine.”
Two years ago, DeKalb public schools adopted an anti-bullying program called “No Place for Hate,” she said. The program, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, helps train faculty and students on accepting differences, promoting diversity and inclusion.
“We’ve created the idea that bullying is a rite of passage, and I don’t think it is,” said Errion.
At the vigil, the mother of Jaheem’s best friend relayed a story from Jaheem’s last day.
“Jaheem asked if anyone would miss him if he wasn’t here,” said Alice Brown, mother of Jaheem’s 10-year-old classmate A.J. “[A.J.] told him ‘He was his friend and he would miss him.’ “
Keene said the family knew the boy was a target of bullies, but until his death they didn’t understand the scope.
“They called him gay and a snitch,” his stepfather said. “All the time they’d call him this.”
Earlier this month the suicide of a Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover — who suffered taunts that he was gay — attracted national attention.
He was also 11. His mother found him hanging from an extension cord in the family’s home.
Bermudez also said her son was being bullied at school. She said she had complained to the school.
School officials won’t discuss allegations that bullying may have contributed to the boy’s suicide. Davis said Tuesday morning that officials are legally unable to comment on student-related records, such as whether the school had received complaints that Jaheem was being bullied.
The family has hired an attorney.
AJC article may be found here.
Anti-Gay Bullying Claims Another: Jaheem Herrera, 11, Kills Himself
My bullied son’s last day on Earth
Georgia Family Blames 11-Year-Old Boy’s Suicide on Severe Bullying
Six ways to stop bullying
I left work around 4:25pm to go to my voting precinct. I toted; then I went to Kroger for popcorn and margarita mix. (I might need a margarita to celebrate or to drown my sorrows.) I arrived home around 5:25pm. I am quite happy that my voting experience took no more than ten minutes.
The BF is picking up pizza on his way home, so if nothing else, it will at least be a night of good company.
Hopefully, my efforts will be a success. Send your Dekalb peeps to the blog; encourage them to express themselves.
Email me if you want to assist.
For a few weeks, I have been planning and working to start a blog that will serve as a free speech and info forum for Dekalb County citizens. The plan is for people to send me articles to post in the blog– I’m interested in anything from simple announcements to political rants and everything that falls between— I only ask that the articles/announcements/etc. pertain to Dekalb County.
I thought I would mention the blog concept on Livejournal and let people who use the site know they can submit articles if they wish. I’ve received messages comparing LJ and blogspot, and I’ve made my goal is not to have a battle of LJ and blogspot— the goal is about being involved in the community in which we reside! And I actually had a person reply to that comment with, “True, but it also doesn’t mean that those interested want to travel all of the way over to a blog to read or write about such topics,” in regard to my
WTF? “All the way over to a blog.” When did typing a web address become such difficult labor? For the love of Dolly, type it once and bookmark it. I didn’t realize a web address was like hitching the horses to a wagon and making the full day trip to town for a sack of flour and feed.