FORT WORTH, TX – City councilman Joel Burns’ hugely viral speech on teen bullying of gay students was followed up with one that was simply ignored by the national media. He chose to respond to his success from the previous meeting with a procedural request in the following city council meeting to delay a change in zoning laws.
The emotional speech on the difficulties realities of many gay teens was picked up by dozens of national news media outlets, and was shared widely on the internet. Television shows from CNN, the Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres and others interviewed Burns in coverage of the story. None have called to discuss the zoning motion.
“I posted it on YouTube just like the other one, and zip. So far it has about a million less views,” said Burns, who is mystified by the lack of national attention. “I’m gonna give it another week.”
Burns is unsure of the topic he will address in the next city council meeting, but feels he has a “hot one” about bicycle safety.
SOUTHLAKE, TX – Transfer student Rich Garcia has been ruled ineligble for Spanish Club, according to the Texas governing board for extracurricular activities. Garcia transferred from an Oklahoma high school to a North Texas high school and intended to join the Spanish Club, one of the top clubs in the state.
After learning that the transfer was done for the purpose of joining the Spanish Club, known as “Los Burritos Supremos,” the board not to allow Garcia to attend any of the six planned after school meetings, or to submit a dish for the school’s foreign language cook-off.
For Los Burritos Supremos, the decision is a heartbreaking one. With the loss of graduate Deb Moore and her winning beef nacho recipe, the group was in desperate need for some new talent. Garcia is rumored to have made an excellent hot sauce at his previous school.
Garcia is now mulling other options, including chess club and working after school for his uncle.