Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards are fighting some more, this time their girls are caught in the cross fire. While media whoring Richards is usually just as wrong as the womanizing junkie Sheen, in this situation I side with her. Like a small but growing group of uninformed, reckless parents Sheen doesn’t want his children vaccinated.
I have news for you Charlie: vaccinations are safe and effective. negative reactions are rare. autism has not been linked to vaccines. the biggest vaccine problems occur from improper supervision afterwards (parents need to monitor for a fever) or allergic reactions. but more important than all the science in the world, since some parents will believe whatever they want anyway: vaccination is not just about your kids, it makes all kids safer to be in an immunized community.
And so the tool bag of the day award goes to Charlie Sheen.
I saw this ad on the nytimes website tonight and figured I would share it. While the effectiveness of ad campaigns aimed at ending teenage abuse of prescription drugs remains to be seen, I felt the ad was poignant. It can be hard for parents to imagine their kids doing drugs at all, let alone stealing drugs from them. But that is exactly what is happening. These aren’t just your “bad kids” these are often the honor roll student or the star athlete.
In 2003, approximately 15 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for nonmedical reasons at least once during the year. Also 6.1% of 16 to 17 year olds reported misusing a prescription drug in the prior month.
Hopefully with the increased media coverage of prescription drug abuse parents will become more aware and proactive.
Do you remember being nine? I do. I was a certifiable bad ass within the context of my class room. We chased the kindergardeners around with whiffle ball bats, cursed when no one was looking, and even had a conspiracy to climb over the fence once at recess. One year during elementary school, I remembers the whole class plotted together to mess the room up during recess so the teacher would be mad when we came back in. We spilled a little glitter, maybe messed up some papers, and I remember we put Vick’s Vapor rub on her desk. I thought we were practically criminals. She yelled, we apologized. Apparently kids to day are in another league.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Nine-year-olds at a school in the U.S. state of Georgia brought a broken steak knife, handcuffs and electrical tape to school in a plot to injure their teacher, authorities said on Tuesday.
Teachers at Center Elementary School in, uncovered the plot on Friday when a pupil reported that a child in the third grade had brought a weapon into the school.
“The plan was to handcuff the teacher, put tape over her mouth and hit her over the head with the paperweight and possibly cut her,” said Lt. Duane Caswell of Waycross police, adding that some students said the knife was simply there to cut the tape.
“It was a rather elaborate scheme for children of that age,” he said.
The students spent a week planning the attack and planned to carry it out on the day they were caught, Caswell said.
Nine pupils in the grade, most of whom were 9 years old, have been disciplined and some were given long-term suspensions, said Theresa Martin, spokeswoman for thedistrict in the southeastern part of the state. Caswell said police were also planning to charge three of the children in the juvenile court system with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and possession of a weapon on a school property.