Health Education Needs to Educate More about Policy

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The Trayvon Martin case raises a whole slew of questions about how legislation can lead to many different citizen interpretations.  Anyone following the news during the past 2-3 days probably heard all about Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old boy who was shot by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch man.  Zimmerman, alleges that Martin constituted a threat therefore triggering him …

Youth Violence: The Solution is not a Vaccine

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If there were four youth were killed within a seven week time period in your neighborhood, would you do something about it? When is enough, enough? These are some of the questions posed in Milwaukee earlier this month as a recent series of youth killings brought the issue of youth violence to the forefront. A public school representative, Superintendent Gregory …

Where Do We Go From Here…How Do We Continue to Live the Same?

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  The death of Trayvon Martin in Florida in the past few weeks has caused a loud public outcry and continues to outrage the greater public. I think the circumstances surrounding his death and the lack of arrest in this case require deep thoughts about justice and the intersection between race, gender, and ethnicity in crimes perpetrated against youth.  In …

7 Ways to Address Youth Violence: Translating Detroit to Flint

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Without a doubt, youth violence is an issue that plagues the nation. Flint and Genesee County, right here in Michigan, is often times disproportionately affected with youth violence. Mayor Bing, of Detroit, community leaders, with help of the Department of Justice, have recently proposed a series of suggestions, instituted together, that could combat youth violence. Seemingly more important, the plan …

Child Maltreatment: 5 Ways to Prevent It

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In February, news headlines featured the tragic story of a 9-year-old girl who died from dehydration after being forced to run for three hours as a punishment. Her crime? Lying about eating a candy bar. This story parallels another headline-making case from April 2010, in which 4-year-old Dominick Calhoun was fatally beaten in Linden, Michigan for accidentally wetting his pants. …

Identifying an Abusive Relationship

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Relationships can be complex, and it takes a lot of effort from both parties to create a healthy relationship. Healthy relationships are built on trust, honesty, open communication and being supportive of one another. No relationship is perfect but it is important to identify when you or someone you know is in an abusive one. An abusive relationship includes, but …

Preventing LGBT Violence: Thoughts on the Tyler Clementi Case

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Widespread isolation and rejection of LGBT youth by family/friends and the popularity of homophobic culture corrodes the moral fiber of the country’s social structure, and contributes to suicide within this young population. Should we blame LGBT youth’s suicides on the victim and/or perpetrator, or do we as a nation share blame for the death of these youngsters? LGBT youth suicide was highlighted …

“Kids will be kids.”

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How many of us have heard our parents and other adults voice this sentiment when addressing the issue of bullying among students in K-12 schools?  When my now middle-aged parents were young, peer aggression was viewed as a reality of being in school, something that was normal and simply had to be endured.  Today, however, it is widely viewed as …

2nd Coming of Chris Brown

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Chris Brown has had a phenomenal comeback year in the music world. He has boasted major album sales and topped it off with a Grammy win for hip-hop album of the year. Just a few years ago his career looked like it could be over. Chris Brown’s assault of then (and current) girlfriend Rihanna made national headlines in 2009 and …

The Bullycide Project

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Envision a day when a student stands in front of their peers and apologizes for being a bully.  This is a reality for one student at Davison High School, and a possibility for schools across the nation.  This young man had the motivation to do so because of The Bullycide Project, a theatre project that is inspired by the book …