This week read about a newlywed couple found dead in Utah, and a school in Oregon banning Pride and Black Lives Matter flags.
Newlywed Gay Couple Found Dead; No Arrests Made
A newlywed couple was found dead with gunshot wounds outside Moab, Utah last week after both women were reported missing by family and friends.
According to friends, Crystal Turner, 38, and Kylen Schulte, 24, had been married four months prior, and enjoyed living together at different campsites around the area.
Bridget Calvert, Schulte’s aunt, wrote in a GoFundMe post, “They found their way from the best campsite to the next but always showed up for work with the best ethic and greatest intent.”
No arrests have been made in connection with the case, and both the State and Federal Bureaus of Investigations have joined the double-homicide investigation. Grand County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Shan Hackwell told KSL-TV, “It is suspicious in nature, but we believe that this was an isolated incident. We do have active patrol in the area, and this is an ongoing investigation. Our hearts and condolences go out to their families.”
School Board Bans Pride and BLM Flags
The Black Lives Matter flag. Credit: Fibonacci Blue, Flickr.
The Newberg Public School board voted 4-3 to broadly ban all signs, clothing, or items that are understood as “political” on school campuses, including Pride flags and the Black Lives Matter flag.
Sixteen school counselors within the district signed a letter requesting that the school board reject the ban. Teacher Stacey Dalton said in the Aug. 10 school board meeting, “They are messages of love and support. White and or heteronormative students, the majority, see their own validation consistently in the curriculum Newberg school districts have adopted and therefore do not need extra messages of support.”
In the days following the ban, local farmer Jaybill McCarthy and a group of volunteers built an 8’ x 16’ foot plywood sign that displays the Pride flag, with added colors for people of color, atop a hill that overlooks the local high school. Superintendent Joe Morelock said the ban would undergo extensive legal review before the ban is enforced.