I think most parents worry their kids will be the odd one out at school. We all know how wonderful and special our children are, and to us they are the best, brightest, most popular kid anywhere – how could anyone not like them? Sadly, the old adage “kids are cruel” is becoming more and more accurate. The latest example makes me want to scream; it is heartbreaking, maddening and utterly mind-boggling.
A Port St Lucie, FL mom doesn’t want her kindergartner back in school after the five year old was voted out of class. According to Mom, her son’s teacher made him stand in front of the class and then asked every single child to “tell Alex why they don’t like him.” Then they voted on whether he deserved to stay or not. Alex was sent packing by a vote of 14-2.
The school district issued this statement: “The St. Lucie County School District received a complaint about a kindergarten teacher, and is investigating the incident to determine if there is any violation of policies, procedures or ethics. The teacher has been reassigned outside of the classroom at the district offices until further action is determined.” (Janice Karst, St. Lucie County Schools)
It never ceases to amaze me how low some people will stoop. The very people, who are supposed to help those in need are instead turning innocent, vulnerable children into victims again. Save the Children UK says children as young as six years old have been forced into sex in return for food or money. Who is abusing those children? Aid workers and peace keepers. It is a sobering, chilling report, released today.
Save the Children UK also said it’s likely these abuses are wildly underreported.
It is important to point out that the vast majority of aid workers are not abusing or exploiting children, but even one is too many.
Until I was about 16, I wanted to be a doctor – a pediatrician, to be exact. I used to love watching knee operations on TV (full disclosure: since I had a baby, I literally cannot stomach these any more). While I can no longer sit through the real thing, I am still fascinated by medicine.
As kids, we learned humans can’t regrow limbs like other species…but our children may learn the opposite. The Pentagon and several of the country’s top medical facilities are exploring “regenerative medicine”. In one case, sprinkling what’s known as pixie dust on a wounded soldier’s finger, to help the body learn to replace what went missing…like a finger. I can’t do it justice, so click here for more.
“The Sopranos” may have faded into cable heaven - or hell, depending on you felt about that fade-to-black ending (I loved it) – but there’s still a chance to own a piece of the dynasty. James Gandolfini, the actor who brought Tony Soprano to life, it auctioning off 24 outfits from the series to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The organization helps severely wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. A great cause... and imagine the conversation piece you’d own!
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