Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.
 
May 4: Florida DeafNation Expo 

2018-09-22

Breaking News

Breaking News: We're getting reports of an active shooter at the state Deaf high school homecoming  football game at this moment, several causalities are reported. The sheriffs are on its way, Swat team are setting up around the perimeter. Dorms are on lock-down, prom scheduled for tonight is cancelled and parents are panicky. The Superintendent gave us the latest updates of  a Deaf distraught employee with an AK-47 is being holed on campus and they are calling in the interpreters, supplied with bulletproof vests.  to assist with negotiation. Deaf children are now being treated for injuries on the field, several ambulances are taking them to area hospitals where a trauma team awaits them. We just heard that most of those killed are those on the hearing opposition team, including their coach. The sheriff announces that there will be a press conference at the local Deaf club across the street in a couple of hours. A hotline being set up so parents from all over the state can callin to check on the status of their Deaf children, hoping that they are not among the victims. Deaf at the clubhouse are in a heated debate over gun control, as a matter of fact one killed in the hail of gunfire was a NRA member, the Constitution didn't save his life. The Deaf community are in shock thinking that something like this would never happen to them. Life so unpredictable so you should never take anything for granted. 
911 Transcript:
Operator: "State your emergency"
Caller: (inaudible) 
Operator: "Please repeat, state your emergency" (gunshot heard in background)
Supervisor: "GPS indicated it's the Deaf school."
Press Conference:
Chief: The  Deaf suspect has been identified as Aaron Kosminski,the school cafeteria employee with no criminal background. Motives unknown, "hold a sec.." there been a breakthrough in negotiation, he's surrendering himself, handcuffed and taken into custody, now undergoing psychiatric evaluation. 
Reporter: "Causalities?"
Chief: "Twenty-two were killed, nine of them on the opposite team, several more are being treated and released, a few remained hospitalized, at least one in critical condition."
Superintendent: "I just got a call from the White House, the President express his condolences  but I blamed him for inciting violence in our nation, this incident is the last straw and I hope they invoked the twenty-fifth amendment. Counselors are being bought in to deal with the grieving process, students will be bused home, our school is closed until further notice with our staff on administrative leave..."
Commentary:
 Public schools now barricade themselves, installing cameras, x-ray scanners,and hiring off duty police officers to patrol the hallways. Our parents often complains about the lack of security on campus, whereas in our culture the Deaf visits the school without legitimate reasons. Are our Deaf schools safe, what procedures are in place, and are the local law enforcement prepared for such a scenario? Monthly safety drills should be mandatory.
According to various media sources, friends thinks the suspect was upset of being laid off after thirty years when the state contracted out cafeteria service. He was planning on committing suicide but changed his mind when told he could train to become the first Deaf prison cook. I know for a fact that it ain't going to happen. The judge probably would probably sentenced him to life without parole unless he mounted an insanity defense. 
The question remains, are our Deaf schools in jeopardy. Only time will tell.Our state legislators been tone-deaf to us, now we'll be heard loud and clear, enough is enough!

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