Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Tribute to Children Who Committed Suicide Because of Bullying

Cyber Bullying is getting out of control. Parents and teachers should step up if they see a child who is being bullied or their child is a bully. Some parents don't want to admit their child is a bully or think their child is doing harm to another child by being a bully. Too many teachers and parents say "It's just kids being kids." Times have changed and bullies have more venues to harass and embarrass other children. They can make a child's or a teen's life seem unbearable. Children and teens who have taken their life because they were victims of bullying.  These are just a few of our children who have took their lives in 2010 because of bullying.  We can all do something. Something is better than just sitting by and doing  nothing.

JOSHUA, Texas (CBS/KTVT/AP) Bullying may have claimed the life of another student. Jon Carmichael took his own life Sunday after some say he was bullied by bigger classmates.
Ty Smalley shot himself after he was suspended from school for fighting. Ty's father says he was a victim of bullying and was tired of fighting.
The parents of Asher Brown, an eighth-grader who committed suicide last Thursday, say that their son killed himself in response to relentless antigay bullying at his Houston school.
Megan Meier, 13, began receiving nasty messages from a boy after a few weeks of an online flirtation with him, via her MySpace account, ending with one that suggested “the world would be a better place” without her. Megan, believing she had been rejected by "Josh," committed suicide in her home.
"He used to say Mom they keep telling me this ... this gay word, this gay, gay, gay. I'm tired of hearing it, they're telling me the same thing over and over," she told CNN, as she wiped away tears from her face. Jaheem was hanging by his belt in the closet by his mother and his sister.

In Massachusetts, another student, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, committed suicide after she was mercilessly harassed for months, something that school administrators knew about but did not stop.

Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old boy from Tehachapi, California, has committed suicide after being bullied by classmates over his sexual orientation.

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Similac Recall- Please Read If You Have An Infant Or Are Pregnant

I received this letter in the mail yesterday regarding the Similac recall.  When reading the letter, it appears Similac is trying to down play the whole thing and I could probably bet you, someone at Similac paid an FDA worker to have a voluntary recall. The funny thing about the whole thing is, I haven't seen it on the news yet and it is a voluntary recall. Shouldn't have the FDA stepped in and made sure parents were informed about the recall.  This recall should be anything, but voluntary. With all these recalls, it just seems like the FDA are not doing their job until it's too late and our food is contaminated.  My concern is how come the news haven't posted the recall on the news yet? If they have, I haven't seen it yet.  What about the parents who do not use the Internet and do not have access to the recall information? There is still plenty of parents out there who can not afford a computer and does not have Internet access or does not use the Internet for religious reasons. Please read the important recall information if you have an infant or know someone that does.  Consider switching to a different formula and throw away any formula you may have on your shelf.  No one can tell you for sure all of the containers of formula affected by the recall.

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