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November 21, 2013 |
A 17-year-old Huntington Beach high school senior who committed suicide could have been saved if police had been more aggressive after receiving a warning that the youth was planning to kill himself, the teen's parents are alleging in a lawsuit. Police failed to warn the family when they learned of an online posting by Matthew Cline in which he threatened to kill himself, according to a suit filed in Orange County Superior Court. A varsity football player entering his senior year at Liberty Christian High School, Cline used a website and mobile app called iFunny, which typically features funny images, to warn of his death the day before he shot himself in the head last July, according to the suit.
April 3, 2013 |
Living with a baby who vomits and cries all the time can make a parent worried (yes, I know this first-hand). If a doctor diagnoses a problem, and there's medication to treat that problem, it's easy to understand why parents might eagerly accept it. But it turns out, according to a study this week in the journal Pediatrics, that use of the diagnosis gastroesophageal reflux disease, also called GERD - rather than just talking about the symptoms --...
December 16, 2013 |
The parents of a Colorado high school student who critically wounded a classmate before fatally shooting himself apologized Monday and said they were praying for his victim's recovery. "We are shattered by the tragic events that took place on Friday at Arapahoe High School," Barbara and Mark Pierson said in a statement to local media. Karl Pierson, 18, killed himself with a shotgun blast to the head after storming through Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Officials said he fired several shots while moving through the school, apparently in search of his debate-team coach, who had recently disciplined him. Before shooting himself in the library, he shot Claire Davis in the face, apparently at random, officials said.
October 10, 2013 |
California has become one of the first states to legally recognize more than two parents per child. But who's in charge? ALSO: On letters from climate-change deniers Video: Cyclists and drivers can be road pals Olympia Snowe: This is no way to run a country Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
March 12, 2010
Dear Amy: I'm a senior in high school and am very busy trying to get into a good college. I have many activities at school. I have been baby-sitting for a family since I was in middle school. They have two children and I enjoy being with them. We do lots of fun things together. Lately, however, the parents are putting a lot of pressure on me to baby-sit more and more. They seem to think of me as an older daughter and sister to the kids. I am honored to be so close to these girls, but I am too overwhelmed with school and college to focus on playing with them every available moment.
August 12, 2010
Raising kids can occasionally be tough on a parent's mental health -- and the anguish may not ease when the kids become adults. Poorer emotional health and well-being are found among parents of grown children when those children have troubled lives, according to new research. Researchers questioned 633 middle-aged parents of a total of 1,251 adult children. They found that having even one problem-ridden child -- such as someone who is unemployed, incarcerated, addicted, ill, or in financial straits -- increased the risk of low psychological well-being in the parent.
July 19, 2013 |
A group of parents have decided to fight back against the decision of Corona Santiago's administration to force out boys' basketball coach David Humphreys. In an email, representatives say they have more than 150 petitioners requesting a school board meeting or hearing seeking the reinstatment of Humphreys, who had been the coach for five years. "Our parents are outraged," according to the email sent to media outlets. This is the second controversy this summer involving the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
April 3, 2012 |
The latest setback for the parent-trigger reform -- when the Adelanto School District last week rejected a petition to ... well, it's not exactly clear what the parents sought, but more on that later -- will surely be appealed in court. Parent Revolution, the group behind the trigger movement, might well have a valid challenge, since it looks like school administrators were far more careful about checking the validity of the parent signatures in favor of the trigger than they were about those rescinding their previous signatures.
July 16, 2013 |
Maybe it's time for “screen time” for parents, too. To limit kids' television watching, the ubiquitous rule restricting the time they're allowed to spend in front of a TV or computer screen isn't as helpful as something more basic: how much time parents spend watching TV, scientists say in an article out Monday in the journal Pediatrics. "Do as I say, not as I do" might be a foundation for Homer Simpson's style of parenting, but it's not so effective, the scientists say. “Parent television viewing is a stronger predictor of child television viewing than traditional media 'access' and 'rules' variables regardless of child age,” the scientists wrote.
December 29, 2010 |
Trying to track recalled products and foods that might be harmful to children is a nightmare for parents because there's no single place to look. Until now. The new site http://www.ClickCheckandProtect.org, a Consumer Reports companion site, is the product of a newly formed National School Safety Coalition convened by Consumer Reports, the National Parent Teacher Assn. and the National School Boards Assn. "The whole idea is to get the information into the homes of school-aged children," said Don Mays, senior director of safety for Consumer Reports.