Tears Were Shed at Invisible Children Headquarters Today
Can you imagine what the mood was like at Invisible Children headquarters today after news broke that co-founder Jason Russell went apeshit on the streets of San Diego?
Los Angeles Times San Diego bureau chief Tony Perry checked in at the non-profit's headquarters just long enough to send this dispatch:
At the Invisible Children headquarters in San Diego, security guards blocked the entrance. And college-age workers could be seen removing black and red "Kony 2012" banners from inside the lobby. The large banners helped identify the building as the nonprofit organization's headquarters.
No one answered the phones in San Diego, but people could be seen inside talking on cellphones. Some were crying.
That's a far cry from the jovial mood in these pictures.Russell grew up just outside of San Diego in El Cajon, the son of a couple who found Christian Youth Theater, according to San Diego Union-Tribune. Since Russell is a local guy, the paper called around and asked some of his acquaintances if running around naked and whacking the cement (among other things) is the sort of behavior they had come to expect from pre-"Kony 2012" Russell:
“This is something that is so against his character,” said Kelsey Baldwin, a Murrieta woman who met Russell when he was a counselor at a theater camp 10 years ago. “It was shocking.”
Jason Griffith did some software development for Invisible Children and shared the same apartment complex with Russell in Pacific Beach.
“This is not normal,” Griffith said. “He’s a family man.”
It looks like for now this family man is off to rehab and not jail. Police have been telling the Times and other sources that they won't be pressing any kind of criminal charges against Russell.Related:
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