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Heartless Bosses Tell Las Vegas Shooting Victim to “Suck It Up” and “Get Over It”

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After surviving a horrific tragedy like the 2017 Las Vegas massacre, you would expect that your employer would show a little empathy. Perhaps your boss would give you a few days of paid time off to cope with the traumatic experience–or at least a few sick days.

Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for one Connecticut man whose bosses couldn’t muster the least bit of empathy, and instead told him to “suck it up” and “get over it” after he experienced the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Charles Giampaolo was one of the many attendees at the October 2017 Route 91 Harvest country music festival, where gunman Stephen Paddock fired over 1,100 rounds into the huge crowd. Giampaolo’s father-in-law was standing next to him before being fatally struck by a bullet, according to the legal complaint.

His aunt and his wife’s cousin were also among the 500 concert goers who sustained non-fatal gunshot wounds that night. At the time, Giampaolo and his wife Jessica were forced to use a belt and a phone charger to staunch their relatives’ bleeding while the shooter fired indiscriminately into the crowd.

Within three weeks of the massacre, Giampaolo returned to work at Elevator Service Co., Inc. (ESCO), where he had worked since 2015 as a maintenance repairman who had previously been promoted twice by management.

However, upon returning to work he began experiencing panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, claustrophobia and extreme anxiety. He soon consulted a therapist, who diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Despite the diagnosis, Giampaolo continued to work diligently and “did not miss a beat at work,” according to the lawsuit, scheduling all of his needed therapy appointments during lunch breaks or after he clocked out.

After being back to work for a month, Giampaolo attended a work event with nearly 800 people in attendance. The huge crowd, pumping strobe lights and loud music caused his palms to get sweaty, his heart rate to escalate, and made him feel like the walls were beginning to close in. He immediately left the event after telling ESCO owners Stephen and Linda Roth that he was having a panic attack and thus needed to leave.

At that point, the employers’ attitude “morphed from warm support to outright hostility,” according to the complaint.

Linda Roth began accusing Giampaolo of having a “bad attitude” and of being “different,” criticisms he had never heard in his three years working at ESCO. The traumatized hard worker was then further subject to a grinding campaign of workplace hostility meant to force him out of the company.

When Giampaolo complained about “miserable” working conditions to Steve Roth, who he had once seen as a “mentor and father figure,” Roth berated him and told him to “suck it up.”

The owners then stripped Giampaolo of his managerial position. As the criticism and scrutiny intensified, Giampaolo struggled with the pressure and began showing negative signs emotionally. Management then began to attack him where it hurt the most: his wallet.

Stephen Roth immediately began manipulating Giampaolo’s commissions, significantly reducing his commission. When Giampaolo asked why the commissions were being reduced, Roth told him: “October has come and gone, you need to get over it.”

When the reductions persisted–resulting in a $500 loss of commission–Giampaolo finally confronted Roth. Roth immediately demanded that Giampaolo leave the building, after which he was informed in an email that this was due to his “unruliness, insubordination, and threatening demeanor.”

Giampaolo responded in a passionate email laying out his heavy grievances:

“I sincerely apologize if the truth that you taking food off my table is complete bullshit but that is how I feel, but in no way was my demeanor ever threatening. You know what’s sad is that we have gotten to this place where now someone I looked up to as a mentor and father figure has allowed hi greed and his own goals to become more important than that of his team’s.”

He then noted how his work conditions were clear retaliation from his mental health issues resulting from the October tragedy:

“Your lack of empathy for me and my family has been noted. Never once have you asked how I am. How am I doing or have just pulled me off to the side and asked if I needed to talk. Instead you attack me where it hurts the most. My pockets.”

Giampaolo subsequently terminated the work arrangement after being demoted in a meeting later that month.

At the meeting, Linda Roth commented, “Should we fire him? Because I’m not going to be able to walk around this building and look at his attitude.” The co-owner also compared Giampaolo’s attitude to that of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while noting that when she “got over cancer” she came right back to work. Following her tirade, Stephen Roth laughed, saying “you really pissed her off.

Giampaolo’s lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount for economic and compensatory damages as well as legal fees for the discrimination he faced as a disabled employee and the creation of a hostile work environment based on disability.

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Cop Gave Children Weapons During Exorcism and Told Them To Shoot Demons And Intruders

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A police officer from Florida was recently arrested after he was caught performing a strange exorcism on a child holding a taser, while another child was given a gun and instructed to shoot anyone who entered the home. 37-year-old Christopher Dougherty reportedly told the two children that there were demons in the house. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Dougherty was fired from the department on an unrelated matter on the same day of his arrest, but he had worked with the sheriff’s office since 2006.

Someone tripped an alarm at the house where the incident was occurring, which prompted police to arrive on the scene. Once they got there, they saw evidence of child abuse, and decided to enter the home. Upon entering they found a young girl wearing body armor and a Kevlar helmet, lying on the ground with a rifle in a shooting position. There was also a young boy in the house who had a taser. The boy is believed to be the subject of an exorcism. Dougherty was armed with a handgun when police arrived.

The children said that Dougherty was performing an exorcism on the young boy, and told the girl that there were demons in the house, and instructed her to shoot anyone that entered.

Dougherty was detained and taken to a hospital where he was held under the Baker Act, and then arrested after he was released from the hospital a few days later. On the same day as his arrest, he was fired from the sheriff’s office, but the agency insists that his termination was related to “an unsatisfactory performance finding in a separate matter,” and had nothing to do with the exorcism. 

In a statement to Fox News, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said that he was concerned about the officer’s mental health. 

“While this deputy was terminated for a pattern of unsatisfactory performance, these are very serious criminal allegations. As law enforcement officers, we are held to the highest standards of conduct whether on duty or off duty. But we are also concerned about the deputy’s mental health,” Mina said.

It is still not entirely clear what Dougherty’s relationship was with the two children that were in his care.

The 2014 horror film “Deliver Us From Evil” is based on the true-life story of New York City Police Sgt Ralph Sarchie, who was an exorcist in his spare time. Sarchie described himself as a “demonologist” and claimed to have taken part in at least 20 exorcisms, but says that he investigated over 50 paranormal cases. “I’m a demonologist, and I’m going head to head with the devil,” Sarchie once said in an interview.

In 2001, Sarchie co-wrote the book Beware the Night about his experiences as a part-time demon hunter in New York. His book would eventually inspire the horror movie that came later.

Of course, Sarchie’s “demon hunting” activities seem to be a bit more safe and legitimate than whatever was happening inside the home of Christopher Dougherty.

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4th-grader walks to school every day to do classwork because his family can’t afford internet

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A fourth-grader in Roswell, New Mexico, has been spending his days outside of his closed elementary school to access the building’s WiFi and do his classwork due to his lack of internet access at home.

With the novel coronavirus continuing to interrupt lives everywhere, this kid is proving that the global pandemic isn’t strong enough to disrupt his studies. Like other school districts across the country, students at Roswell Independent School District have had to attend online classes due to the ongoing health emergency.

Jonathon Endecott, who turns 10 next month, has always been an independent kid who enjoys his studies, and especially science. He always used to walk to school and back home when school was in session, and this is one habit that hasn’t been broken even as teachers and students stay at home.

However, like too many homes across the United States, Jonathon’s home lacks internet service. Tragically, Jonathon’s mom, Angel Endecott, lost her two jobs once the pandemic struck. And while she’s been able to return to one of her jobs, she still can’t afford internet service.

So Jonathon has been going back to his closed elementary school for the building’s WiFi connection to continue doing his classwork. And he’s been happy to do it.

“He was like, ‘Yeah, I need to be back on the school property, and I could be like a normal kid again,'” Angel explained. “Him just being outside of the building gives him that, ‘Hey, I’m at school’ feeling even though he’s not around other classmates or teachers.”

With Jonathon’s home lying just across the school’s field, his parents are happy to let him study on campus grounds during the day. “The principal, the secretary and a few teachers, they do come outside to check up on him and see if he needs anything,” Angel said.

Jonathon has also found support from local teachers in the school district, who were deeply touched by the heartbreaking site of Jonathon working outside the school so that he could access an internet connection.

One teacher shared a photo of Jonathon on Facebook after getting permission from his mother. The image was shared widely online, and eventually reached a kind person who offered to pay for Jonathon’s internet service for the next year out of their own pocket.

The teacher who posted the photo to her Facebook has since created a GoFundMe account to help raise funds for other children who lack access to the internet, which is crucial to accessing their classes.

Jonathon remains optimistic despite the challenge of not having home internet access, and is happy that he can still remain connected with his friends and classmates online. He also likes the familiarity of being at his school building, which makes the virtual experience more like being back at school.

He’s also been approaching every day with vigor and excitement, relishing the ability to get a bit of alone time at school, his mom said. Jonathon also plans to continue going back to his school even when the family gets its internet back up and running again. However, the school district will require that he has a parent with him in the future.

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Study: 1,000 Potential Alien Star Systems Could Be Watching Us From Afar

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Motivated by the “Pale Blue Dot” NASA photo researchers are asking the question, could other planets be looking at us just like we’re looking at them? A study of Earth’s “solar neighborhood” has found that over 1,000 different systems have the perfect angle to view Earth.

The infamous “Pale Blue Dot” photograph was suggested by astronomer Carl Sagan who implored that the Voyager 1 space probe take a picture of Earth from nearly four billion miles away. The new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, seeks to find out how many different exo-planet systems with alien life could be watching us. Ironically, the research comes from the Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute.

The studies co-author Lisa Kaltenegger stated their list focuses on main-sequence stars similar to our own sun. These solar systems may contain exoplanets, Earth-like worlds sitting in the habitable zone for life. All of the prospective systems are within 300 million light-years of Earth, close enough to see our world’s chemical traces according to the researchers.

“Let’s reverse the viewpoint to that of other stars and ask from which vantage point other observers could find Earth as a transiting planet,” Kaltenegger, the director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute said in a press release.

“If observers were out there searching, they would be able to see signs of a biosphere in the atmosphere of our Pale Blue Dot… and we can even see some of the brightest of these stars in our night sky without binoculars or telescopes.”

What makes this listing of 1,004 star systems novel and significant is they all sit in Earth’s elliptic orbit or the plane of the planets orbit around our Sun. Exoplanets traveling along this same path would be able to see the Earth according to the researchers.

To foreign observers, Earth would be a transiting planet that passes in front of its sun as the observer looks at distant stars. Theoretically, these exoplanets would be able to see Earth crossing the Sun, which sounds like a marvelous sight.

“Only a very small fraction of planets will just happen to be randomly aligned with our line of sight so we can see them transit,” co-author Joshua Pepper of Lehigh University says. “But all of the thousand stars we identified in our paper in the solar neighborhood could see our Earth transit the sun, calling their attention.”

“If we’re looking for intelligent life in the universe, that could find us and might want to get in touch,” Kaltenegger adds. “We’ve just created the star map of where we should look first.”

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