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Texas Realtor ejected over FAA mask mandate spews homophobic abuse

Flight attendants are now speaking out publicly about the stress of managing increasingly unruly passengers at 35,000 feet

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Screenshot of Real Estate web page listing for Kelci Cashman (LA BLADE Graphic)

Editor’s note: The real estate company shown above reached out and said that Ms. Cashman has not been affiliated with the firm for over six months. The video on YouTube as of late Wednesday had been removed.

DALLAS – In a 40 second YouTube video of two SnapChat screen recordings, a Texas woman later identified as Kelci Cashman via comments on multiple social media sites, was ejected from a plane bound for DFW airport over her refusal to wear a mask.

In the recording you can her launch into a verbal tirade calling an unseen passenger a ‘faggot’ repeatedly and also arguing with other passengers as she and her party including young children were escorted off the aircraft.

Out of camera shot Cashman is heard saying; “You think I talk to my kids about same-sex marriage,” the woman yelled after the rest of her party was out of the video frame. “No, we don’t talk about that. But if we all want to talk about it, let’s talk about it.”

Her exit prompted cheers and clapping from other passengers. “No one wants to listen to your bigotry,” a passenger said in the background of the video. “Get off the plane.”

A check of Facebook pages associated with Cashman both personal and business had been pulled down and her LinkIn profile now reads that it is unavailable. There was a North Dallas real estate company listing for Cashman, however, phone calls for comment went unanswered and messages were not returned.

LinkedIn profile of Kelci Cashman

Refusal to abide by airline and government rules over the mask mandates has precipitated a significant rise in passenger disruptions and attacks on flight crews. In June, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) announced that it would start imposing heavy fines as part of the FAA’s zero-tolerance policy for unruly and dangerous behavior by passengers.

The FAA noted that since Jan. 1, 2021, the agency has received approximately 3,000+ reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including about 2,300 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal facemask mandate.

On July 15, CNBC reported that the FAA said 150 cases of unruly passengers were reported in the past week — the biggest weekly surge of the summer.

Flight attendants are now speaking out publicly about the stress of managing increasingly unruly passengers at 35,000 feet, a job that’s gotten more difficult in recent months as passengers return to the skies after months of lockdowns, CNBC also reported.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced flight attendants to enforce federal rules requiring masks on planes, a mandate that’s touched a political nerve for many Americans and led to a rise in bad behavior onboard.

“It’s definitely out of control,” said flight attendant Matthew Cook, one of two flight attendants who agreed to speak to CNBC on the record as long as their employer wasn’t identified. “I have apprehensions [about] going to work every day. I have a lot of anxiety.”

DFW is a hub and headquarters for American Airlines, although the Dallas Morning News reported that the airline on whose plane this occurred could not be confirmed. American Airlines, which operates the bulk of flights out of DFW, said it needed a flight number or date and destination to determine if it was one of its flights.

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Texas victims in single classroom, GOP lawmaker said gunman was Trans

Several other children were injured in the attack, including a 10-year-old who remained in critical condition in a Texas hospital

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Families gather at a Uvalde civic center to wait for news about their loved ones. (Niki Griswold / Twitter)

UVALDE, Tx. – A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that all of the 19 children and 2 adults were killed in a single classroom at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday.

According to officials, 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos, wearing body armour had barricaded himself inside a fourth-grade classroom, where all the fatalities and injuries occurred. Ramos, who attended the near-by high school, was killed on scene by a member of a federal U.S. Border Patrol tactical unit who had responded alongside local law enforcement.

Several other children were injured in the attack, including a 10-year-old who remained in critical condition in a Texas hospital. Law enforcement officials told reporters Ramos shot his grandmother before heading to the school with two military-style rifles he bought on his 18th birthday which was within the last two weeks.

Law enforcement has only released some of the victim’s identities and according to the Austin Statesman newspaper’s political reporter Niki Griswold, parents were gathered late into the night to give DNA samples to find out whether or not their children were among the dead. Griswold also tweeted, “The agonized screams of family members are audible from the parking lot,” as she also noted “A family has erupted into sobs outside the civic center.”

As Texas and the nation reeled in shock over yet another deadly mass shooting, Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, who espouses radical right view points and former President Trump’s MAGA philosophy, took to Twitter and spread a false and transphobic claim that the suspected shooter was a “transsexual leftist illegal alien.”

Screenshot of now-deleted tweet by Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar

As of Tuesday evening, Gosar had not commented on his tweet, which was deleted about two hours after being published.

Gosar, is an anti-immigration, anti-vaxxer, radical right hardliner who routinely cozies up to white nationalists. He was apparently promoting a false claim circulating on right-wing networks. Users shared images of a trans person unrelated to the attack claiming they were the shooter.

President Biden addresses nation the shooting in Uvalde on Tuesday evening.
(Screenshot/White House YouTube)

In Washington last night, President Joe Biden, speaking to the nation said;

“Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” he asked. “Why do we keep letting this happen?  Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with it and stand up to the [gun] lobbies? 

Speaking from personal experience, as a father who has lost two children, Biden added: “To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away. There’s a hollowness in your chest, and you feel like you’re being sucked into it and never going to be able to get out. It’s suffocating. And it’s never quite the same.”

Global reaction included sympathy from Ukraine’s leadership. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed condolences to the community of Uvalde, Texas, where the 21 people — including the 19 students — were murdered in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

“Deeply saddened by the news of the murder of innocent children in Texas,” Zelenskyy wrote. “Sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the people of the US and @POTUS over this tragedy. The people of Ukraine share the pain of the relatives and friends of the victims and all Americans.”

NPR reported Wednesday that Zelenskyy also referenced the shooting while speaking by video link at a conference on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, in which he drew a direct parallel between the shooting and the war in Ukraine.

“I feel it is my personal tragedy when children are killed in Texas, and now in my country Russian military is killing our children,” he said.

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BREAKING: 19 killed in Texas Elementary School shooting

The victims were students at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

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UVALE, Texas – Eighteen students and one teacher were killed in a shooting Tuesday morning at a Texas elementary school, Gov. Greg Abbott said. The suspect, an 18-year-old man, who might have had a handgun and rifle, was fatally wounded by responding law enforcement.

The victims were students at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

UPDATE: A State senator briefed by Texas Rangers and speaking on CNN says the death toll is now at 18 children.

Screenshot/NBC News

California state Senator Scott Wiener released the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas:

“14 more children (and their teacher) have been murdered — their families and communities devastated — because of our nation’s refusal to stop the tidal wave of easy-to-get mass killing machines.

These mass murders aren’t inevitable. It doesn’t have to be this way. We need fewer guns. Congress must act.”

In Sacramento California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted out his outrage and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged that President Biden was being briefed and updated on the events in Texas:

President Biden speaks with Texas Governor Greg Abbott regarding the mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that killed 18 children and one adult Tuesday. Biden is returning to Washington D.C. aboard Air Force One from his recent trip to Asia.
(Official White House Photo)

In response to a question from an anchor on Fox News regarding the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton replied; “We can’t stop people from doing bad things .. they’re not gonna follow gun laws.”

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Uvalde shooter wore body armor, fired at police on scene:

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Texas will resume anti-Trans youth abuse investigations

“To be clear the Supreme Court has not directed Commissioner Masters & DFPS to continue investigating parents of trans youth for child abuse”

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Texas DFPS HDQTRS Austin (Julia Reihs/KUT via Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas)

AUSTIN – In a statement issued Thursday, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) agency announced that it will resume abuse investigations into families with transgender kids.

“DFPS treats all reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation seriously and will continue to investigate each to the full extent of the law,” the statement read.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the DFPS statement, while not addressing the investigations into medical treatments for trans youth, indirectly indicated that these probes will now continue.

Current state law does not explicitly define gender affirming medical treatments, such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy as child abuse. A DFPS spokesman did not comment when asked if the agency plans to continue investigating such treatments as child abuse, the Dallas Morning News noted.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled last week that DFPS can continue to investigate families in the state who provide medically necessary care for their Trans children, excluding the parties in the litigation that brought the matter forward in a lawsuit filed in March.

In its decision, the court emphasized that neither Attorney General Paxton nor Governor Abbott has the power or authority to direct DFPS to investigate the provision of medically necessary lifesaving health care for transgender youth as child abuse. But the court limited the order blocking all investigations to the specific plaintiffs who filed suit.

Trans activist Landon Richie who has been deeply involved in the efforts to mitigate the anti-trans actions by Texas lawmakers and has led protests against the transphobic actions by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton told the Blade:

“To be clear, the Texas Supreme Court has not directed Commissioner Masters and DFPS to continue investigating parents of trans youth for child abuse. While the decision means now only the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit have protection, it reiterates that Attorney General Paxton’s opinion and Governor Abbott’s letter are not binding and not enforceable, meaning DFPS’s actions moving forward are at the discretion of Commissioner Masters only and not the state leadership’s directives. The Texas Supreme Court allowing for the district court to provide a temporary injunction is a good sign for people’s protection. 

It bears reminding families in Texas and around the country that today’s decision (and yesterday’s regarding gender-affirming care at UT Southwestern and Texas Children’s) reaffirms what we already know: opinions are only opinions and the people in power cannot abuse that power to abuse trans people. We know decisions can change at a moment’s notice and that this fight will take years, but to our families and communities under attack, please remain strong and take a moment to breathe. We’re in this together. “

An employee of DFPS who was a litigant in the lawsuit is represented by the ACLU of Texas.

Brian Klosterboer, an attorney with the ACLU of Texas who is on the team representing that unnamed employee, said the state’s decision to reopen the cases is unfortunate and unlawful. He said his team believes that the high court’s decision removes any responsibility for Texans to report trans youth getting treatments, the Dallas Morning News reported.

“We are going to be closely monitoring what the agency does. We would encourage families that have any reason to believe that they have an investigation to seek legal help,” Klosterboer said.

“Abbott’s letter and Paxton’s opinion did not change Texas law,” he added. “Gender affirming health care is still legal in all 50 states.”

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