What can possibly make a student think that's it's okay to taunt, ridicule, pick on, and essentially have absolutely no respect for authority while everyone else just laughs at her antics? Or, gets it on video, as it happened in a Maryland high school recently. As can be seen in the video, uploaded to YouTube and most likely captured with a cell phone, a teen girl swats and flicks her teacher in the head as the instructor warns her go away or she'll get in trouble. Although the audio is not the best, laughter and swear words can be distinctly heard. What a disgrace!
Although the substitute teacher, who hasn't been identified, didn't report the incident to police, she did to school administrators who apparently launched an investigation and, as reported by abc2news.com, the student involved was disciplined.Continue Reading >
Some jokes are funny and others...well, not so much. One Alabama girl recently pulled off prank that definitely fell into the latter category--and now she's taking some serious heat!
Apparently, the teenager got so annoyed at her younger 12-year-old brother that she created a Craigslist post, putting him up for sale! Though she now says she didn't mean for the ad to be taken seriously, the police didn't think it was a laughing matter.Continue Reading >
Ridiculous! That's what I thought when I heard that a school won't allow a teen's senior photo to be included in the yearbook because she took it with her newborn baby. Stephanie Myer, a teen mom who had her baby girl in the middle of the school year, has worked as hard as possible to make sure this doesn't deter her from graduating with the rest of her classmates come next year. She's proud of her accomplishments, as she should be, and wanted her yearbook picture to represent who she is. That involves being a teen mom to her newborn baby, she says.
But her school in Minnesota doesn't agree and so her senior photo won't be included in the yearbook.
Two teenage girls got into a fight for something as stupid as one making fun of the other for passing gas--and now one is dead and the other one has been charged with her murder. It happened last week in Ohio when Shaakira Dorsey, 16, fought with the other 16-year-old girl while other kids and adults--including Dorsey's stepfather--just stood around and watched the whole thing go down. Eventually, he stepped in, but it was too late. Dorsey collapsed and was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Dorsey was a junior in high school where she played in the softball team. What a waste of a life!Continue Reading >
Looks like all is not right in Madonna's material world! Rumor has it that her daughter, Lourdes Leon, is completely fed up with her super strict mother's ways and allegedly wants to leave home…even though she's just 16 years old!
In horrifying news out of Puerto Rico, a 34-year-old mom, Betsian Carrasquillo Penaloza, was arrested after undercover cops caught her prostituting her 14-year-old daughter and two other underage girls at a hotel in San Juan. The mom was detained at the Sheraton Hotel at the San Juan Convention Center where undercover cops discovered her asking for $500 for her daughter and $250 each for the other two girls.Continue Reading >
Did you know teens need a bit over nine hours of sleep every night, but the majority of them are not getting even close to that on school nights? It turns out that this is way worse for their health than we thought. A new study published in the journal SLEEP has found that teens who don't get enough shut-eye are at a higher risk of developing diabetes since inadequate sleep effects a teen's insulin resistance.
But how do you get your teen get more sleep when they have to be up and ready to go to school before the sun is up? I know that's an exaggeration, but it certainly felt like that for me growing up.
A national survey showed that 50 percent of parents are still uneasy speaking to their teen about sex, compared to 82 percent of teens not willing to talk to their parents about the topic. Everyone knows that the sex talk is…well, rather uncomfortable. So I wasn't surprised to hear about this new survey showing that teens still aren't talking to their parents about sex--even though parents are more willing to do so.
At least 1 in 6 teens have never spoken to their parents about sex, but even if they are comfortable talking about it, addressing sex still brings parents anxiety and their good intentions go unnoticed by their teens. So how can we fix that?
Lately, I've had a lot of problems with some of the so-called rules that schools are enforcing. With students these days getting in trouble just for wearing a certain kind of tights, it seemed to me as if teachers and administrators have started going too far with their policies…that is, until I heard about the case of Brianna Demato. Demato, a 15-year-old bisexual student at a Queens, New York high school, was sent home on Tuesday for wearing a T-shirt that read "I enjoy vagina"--and now her and her mom are saying that the school is infringing on her rights!
Okay, I'm all for free speech but--I can't believe I'm about to say this--I have to side with the school on this one.
Finally some good news regarding teen behavior! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of teens who drink and drive has reduced dramatically in the last two decades. In 2011, nine out of 10 students 16 and over said they did not drink and drive, which represents a drop of 54 percent over 20 years. I must say I'm really happy to hear this, especially now that I'm a mom. I've reported way too many deadly accidents in which the driver was a teen who decided to get behind the wheel of his car despite being drunk.Continue Reading >