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‘Kids, don’t forget to make your gender choice’

‘Kids, don’t forget to make your gender choice’

By Lyn Leahz

California on edge of freeing students from their anatomy

Instead of only announcements about clubs, classes and curriculum to start a school day, students in California soon may be allowed to decide what gender they would like to be that day.

The California legislature has passed AB 1266 that would require all public schools to allow youths to choose whatever restrooms, locker rooms, sports teams, and other gender-based portions of the school in which they would like to participate.

Eighth grade teacher Valerie Vislay Jones said the bill sounds like a nightmare, especially for girls.

“Bathroom breaks are chaotic enough! This brings on a whole host of new discipline problems. And what about that time of the month? I can see boys using the girls’ restroom just to be funny, and then there would be no privacy for the girls. Adolescent boys do not understand the whole menstruation thing anyway, and adolescent girls do NOT want boys to know that they menstruate. Way to make adolescence even more confusing.”

She continued, “What adolescent boy wouldn’t love to get into the girls’ locker room?”

As a teacher, she said this would be an enforcement disaster.

“I have enough to keep track of in the morning, then to add this. Now, my morning would include this phrase, ‘Don’t forget to make your lunch choice and gender choice.’”

She added, “Why does our culture insist on letting children make important decisions or have a say in everything.”

Is there a model that could work, without letting school children choose their own gender identities, with no guidance from teachers, school administrators, or parents?

Larry Lunt of New York says no. He remembers being in high school and thinks this is a recipe for disaster.

“Does this mean that teenage boys with raging hormones will be free to say ‘I’m a girl today’ and use the girls’/womens’ restrooms/locker rooms, etc.? That’s absurd.”

David Henderson, from Anondale, Va., thinks the new law would be discriminatory to boys, “I can honestly say that I would have declared myself a female for the day if I could go into the girl’s locker room. My raging teenage hormones would have left me no choice.”

In Europe, for example, they will have mixed locker facilities, but they include a row of “changing rooms,” so one can always step into a changing stall and change privately. They are set up for a level of privacy. The new bill passed by the California legislature will not include such protections from harassment, objectification, and molestation.

WND has reported on the redefinition of gender bias based on the politically correct elite who sponsor bills like the one to name LGBT couples who cannot conceive “infertile.”

WND also brought the story of California students receiving free cars for attendance. And then there is the story of California students drafted to promote Obamacare to their own families.

But random anatomy selection for children, whether they are six or 17, is a new one, even for California leftists. Some, who believe anatomy is a static matter, are up in arms.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute said the law is in direct violation of the principle of protecting children. He says this is all about appeasing the vocal and powerful LGBT lobby.

Jack Watts, a Christian author and culture critic agrees.

“The real war is not on women, but on men, particularly young boys. By purposefully obscuring the lines of their male identity, we will be creating a nation of sexually confused men who will be unable to sustain a male-female relationship,” he said. “The only winners will be divorce lawyers.”

This bill comes as California is already losing population. Census data showed that since 1990, the state has lost almost 3.4 million people to other states. California is the only state not replacing its own population, and about 225,000 leave each year. More conservative states like Texas and North Carolina are inheriting the disgruntled Californians.

Leon O’Dell is one of those former California residents, and he said that this bill only validates his decision to have left the state years ago.

“This entire sick scenario makes me glad I left my home state. I have no desire to return there. California is the laughing stock and an embarrassment,” he said.

Jim Bellano, a former assistant professor of political science at Western University, said that the California Legislature has “redefined the ‘ABC’s’ and the ’3 R’s’ of education to ‘LGBT.’ Will the signs on the bathrooms and locker rooms be replaced with rip-a-way daily calendars?”

Matthew McReynolds, an attorney for Pacific Justice Foundation, is one of those who tried to fight the bill. He said the legislation has many shortcomings, and that it completely disregards the privacy of the students who are not transgender, or “gender-questioning.”

He argued that “these students (and their parents) have reasonable expectations that they will not be forced to share intimate spaces with members of the opposite biological and anatomical gender.”

McReynolds contends that “there are no safeguards whatsoever in the legislation that would allow responsible adults, including coaches, teachers, chaperones, school administrators and others to act in the best interests of all students.”

“Even the most liberal politician should see that allowing boys and girls as young as five, or as astute as 17, to be able to pick and choose which gender’s bathroom to use is outrageous.”

Some found the legislation so “out there” that they made jokes in response to the proposal.

Nick Kasoff, a political analyst from St. Louis, Mo., referenced the news on Anthony Weiner, “the big question is, will Carlos Danger move to California and try to pass as a high school student?”

Clarence Walls considers himself a political observer, and he had this observation of the California legislation: “Stupidity, like morality, has no gender.”

The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.

But it’s a long way from the first gender outrage adopted in California.

In fact, the Pacific Justice Institute has launched a site, GenderInsanity.com, to bring attention to California’s actions.

Earlier moves in California include SB 48, who requires positive portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in class.

Others cited by the pro-family SaveCalifornia.com as being on a radical sex agenda include:

SB 543, signed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, “allows school staff to remove children ages 12 and up from government schools and taken off-campus for counseling sessions, without parental permission or involvement.”

ACR 82, approved by the California Legislature in 2010, “creates de facto ‘morality-free zones’ at participating schools (pre-kindergarten through public universities). Schools that become official ‘Discrimination-Free Zones’ will ‘enact procedures’ (including mandatory counseling) against students from pre-kindergarten on up who are accused of ‘hate,’ ‘intolerance,’ or ‘discrimination.’” The definition of “hate” includes peacefully speaking or writing against the unnatural lifestyles choices of homosexuality and bisexuality.

SB 572, signed by Schwarzenegger in 2009, establishes “Harvey Milk Day” in K-12 California public schools and community colleges. In classrooms, schools and school districts that participate, children are taught to admire the life and values of late homosexual activist and teen predator Harvey Milk of San Francisco in the month of May.

SB 777, signed by Schwarzenegger in 2007, prohibits all public school instruction and every school activity from “promoting a discriminatory bias” against (effectively requiring positive depictions of) transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality to schoolchildren as young as five years old.

AB 394, signed by Schwarzenegger in 2007, effectively promotes transsexual, bisexual and homosexual indoctrination of students, parents and teachers via “anti-harassment” and “anti-discrimination” materials, to be publicized in classrooms and assemblies, posted on walls, incorporated into curricula on school websites, and distributed in handouts to take home.

SB 71, signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 and implemented in 2008 through the new “sexual health” standards approved by appointees of Schwarzenegger and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, teaches children as young as fifth grade that any consensual sexual behavior is “safe” as long as you “protect” yourself with a condom, and teaches children that homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality is “normal.”

AB 1785, signed by Davis in 2000, required the California State Board of Education to alter the state curriculum frameworks to include and require “human relations education” for children in K-12 public schools, with the aim of “fostering an appreciation of the diversity of California’s population and discouraging the development of discriminatory attitudes and practices,” according to the state legislative counsel’s digest.

AB 537, signed by Davis in 1999, permits teachers and students to openly proclaim and display their homosexuality, bisexuality or transsexuality, even permitting cross-dressing teachers, school employees and student on campus, in classrooms, and in restrooms.
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Sex-changing treatment for kids: It’s on the rise

Sex-changing treatment for kids: It’s on the rise

By LINDSEY TANNER

– A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.

It’s an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts urge caution in treating children with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones.

An 8-year-old second-grader in Los Angeles is a typical patient. Born a girl, the child announced at 18 months, “I a boy” and has stuck with that belief. The family was shocked but now refers to the child as a boy and is watching for the first signs of puberty to begin treatment, his mother told The Associated Press.

Pediatricians need to know these kids exist and deserve treatment, said Dr. Norman Spack, author of one of three reports published Monday and director of one of the nation’s first gender identity medical clinics, at Children’s Hospital Boston.

“If you open the doors, these are the kids who come. They’re out there. They’re in your practices,” Spack said in an interview.

Switching gender roles and occasionally pretending to be the opposite sex is common in young children. But these kids are different. They feel certain they were born with the wrong bodies.

Some are labeled with “gender identity disorder,” a psychiatric diagnosis. But Spack is among doctors who think that’s a misnomer. Emerging research suggests they may have brain differences more similar to the opposite sex.

Spack said by some estimates, 1 in 10,000 children have the condition.

Offering sex-changing treatment to kids younger than 18 raises ethical concerns, and their parents’ motives need to be closely examined, said Dr. Margaret Moon, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ bioethics committee. She was not involved in any of the reports.

Some kids may get a psychiatric diagnosis when they are just hugely uncomfortable with narrowly defined gender roles; or some may be gay and are coerced into treatment by parents more comfortable with a sex change than having a homosexual child, said Moon, who teaches at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

It’s harmful “to have an irreversible treatment too early,” Moon said.

Doctors who provide the treatment say withholding it would be more harmful.

These children sometimes resort to self-mutilation to try to change their anatomy; the other two journal reports note that some face verbal and physical abuse and are prone to stress, depression and suicide attempts. Spack said those problems typically disappear in kids who’ve had treatment and are allowed to live as the opposite sex.

Guidelines from the Endocrine Society endorse transgender hormone treatment but say it should not be given before puberty begins. At that point, the guidelines recommend puberty-blocking drugs until age 16, then lifelong sex-changing hormones with monitoring for potential health risks. Mental health professionals should be involved in the process, the guidelines say. The group’s members are doctors who treat hormonal conditions.

Those guidelines, along with YouTube videos by sex-changing teens and other media attention, have helped raise awareness about treatment and led more families to seek help, Spack said.

His report details a fourfold increase in patients at the Boston hospital. His Gender Management Service clinic, which opened at the hospital in 2007, averages about 19 patients each year, compared with about four per year treated for gender issues at the hospital in the late 1990s.

The report details 97 girls and boys treated between 1998 and 2010; the youngest was 4 years old. Kids that young and their families get psychological counseling and are monitored until the first signs of puberty emerge, usually around age 11 or 12. Then children are given puberty-blocking drugs, in monthly $1,000 injections or implants imbedded in the arm.

In another Pediatrics report, a Texas doctor says he’s also provided sex-changing treatment to an increasing number of children; so has a clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where the 8-year-old is a patient.

The drugs used by the clinics are approved for delaying puberty in kids who start maturing too soon. The drugs’ effects are reversible, and Spack said they’ve caused no complications in his patients. The idea is to give these children time to mature emotionally and make sure they want to proceed with a permanent sex change. Only 1 of the 97 opted out of permanent treatment, Spack said.

Kids will more easily pass as the opposite gender, and require less drastic treatment later, if drug treatment starts early, Spack said. For example, boys switching to girls will develop breasts and girls transitioning to boys will be flat-chested if puberty is blocked and sex-hormones started soon enough, Spack said.

Sex hormones, especially in high doses when used long-term, can have serious side effects, including blood clots and cancer. Spack said he uses low, safer doses but that patients should be monitored.

Gender-reassignment surgery, which may include removing or creating penises, is only done by a handful of U.S. doctors, on patients at least 18 years old, Spack said. His clinic has worked with local surgeons who’ve done breast removal surgery on girls at age 16, but that surgery can be relatively minor, or avoided, if puberty is halted in time, he said.

The mother of the Los Angeles 8-year-old says he’s eager to begin treatment.

When the child was told he could get shots to block breast development, “he was so excited,” the mother said.

He also knows he’ll eventually be taking testosterone shots for life but surgery right now is uncertain.

The child attends a public school where classmates don’t know he is biologically a girl. For that reason, his mother requested anonymity.

She said she explained about having a girl’s anatomy but he rejected that, refused to wear dresses, and has insisted on using a boy’s name since preschool.

The mother first thought it was a phase, then that her child might be a lesbian, and sought a therapist’s help to confirm her suspicion. That’s when she first heard the term “gender identity disorder” and learned it’s often not something kids outgrow.

Accepting his identity has been difficult for both parents, the woman said. Private schools refused to enroll him as a boy, and the family’s pediatrician refused to go along with their request to treat him like a boy. They found a physician who would, Dr. Jo Olson, medical director of a transgender clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Olson said the journal reports should help persuade more doctors to offer these kids sex-changing treatment or refer them to specialists who will.

“It would be so nice to move this out of the world of mental health, and into the medical world,” Olson said.


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Criminalizing Normal Childhood Behaviour

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The US schools with their own police

Chris McGreal

More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalising normal childhood behaviour?

The charge on the police docket was “disrupting class”. But that’s not how 12-year-old Sarah Bustamantes saw her arrest for spraying two bursts of perfume on her neck in class because other children were bullying her with taunts of “you smell”.

“I’m weird. Other kids don’t like me,” said Sarah, who has been diagnosed with attention-deficit and bipolar disorders and who is conscious of being overweight. “They were saying a lot of rude things to me. Just picking on me. So I sprayed myself with perfume. Then they said: ‘Put that away, that’s the most terrible smell I’ve ever smelled.’ Then the teacher called the police.”

The policeman didn’t have far to come. He patrols the corridors of Sarah’s school, Fulmore Middle in Austin, Texas. Like hundreds of schools in the state, and across large parts of the rest of the US, Fulmore Middle has its own police force with officers in uniform who carry guns to keep order in the canteens, playgrounds and lessons. Sarah was taken from class, charged with a criminal misdemeanour and ordered to appear in court.

Each day, hundreds of schoolchildren appear before courts in Texas charged with offences such as swearing, misbehaving on the school bus or getting in to a punch-up in the playground. Children have been arrested for possessing cigarettes, wearing “inappropriate” clothes and being late for school.

In 2010, the police gave close to 300,000 “Class C misdemeanour” tickets to children as young as six in Texas for offences in and out of school, which result in fines, community service and even prison time. What was once handled with a telling-off by the teacher or a call to parents can now result in arrest and a record that may cost a young person a place in college or a job years later.

“We’ve taken childhood behaviour and made it criminal,” said Kady Simpkins, a lawyer who represented Sarah Bustamantes. “They’re kids. Disruption of class? Every time I look at this law I think: good lord, I never would have made it in school in the US. I grew up in Australia and it’s just rowdy there. I don’t know how these kids do it, how they go to school every day without breaking these laws.”

The British government is studying the American experience in dealing with gangs, unruly young people and juvenile justice in the wake of the riots in England. The UK’s justice minister, Crispin Blunt, visited Texas last September to study juvenile courts and prisons, youth gangs and police outreach in schools, among other things. But his trip came at a time when Texas is reassessing its own reaction to fears of feral youth that critics say has created a “school-to-prison pipeline”. The Texas supreme court chief justice, Wallace Jefferson, has warned that “charging kids with criminal offences for low-level behavioural issues” is helping to drive many of them to a life in jail.

The Texas state legislature last year changed the law to stop the issuing of tickets to 10- and 11-year-olds over classroom behaviour. (In the state, the age of criminal responsibility is 10.) But a broader bill to end the practice entirely – championed by a state senator, John Whitmire, who called the system “ridiculous” – failed to pass and cannot be considered again for another two years.

Even the federal government has waded in, with the US attorney general, Eric Holder, saying of criminal citations being used to maintain discipline in schools: “That is something that clearly has to stop.”

As almost every parent of a child drawn in to the legal labyrinth by school policing observes, it wasn’t this way when they were young.

The emphasis on law and order in the classroom parallels more than two decades of rapid expansion of all areas of policing in Texas in response to misplaced fears across the US in the 1980s of a looming crime wave stoked by the crack epidemic, alarmist academic studies and the media.

“It’s very much tied in with some of the hyperbole around the rise in juvenile crime rate that took place back in the early 90s,” said Deborah Fowler, deputy director of Texas Appleseed, an Austin legal rights group, and principal author of a 200-page study of the consequences of policing in Texas schools. “They ushered in tough, punitive policies. It was all part of the tough-on-crime movement.”

Part of that included the passing of laws that made the US the only developed country to lock up children as young as 13 for life without the possibility of parole, often as accomplices to murders committed by an adult.

As the hand of law and order grew heavier across Texas, its grip also tightened on schools. The number of school districts in the state with police departments has risen more than 20-fold over the past two decades.

“Zero tolerance started out as a term that was used in combating drug trafficking and it became a term that is now used widely when you’re referring to some very punitive school discipline measures. Those two policy worlds became conflated with each other,” said Fowler.

In the midst of that drive came the 1999 Columbine high school massacre, in which two students in Colorado shot dead 12 other pupils and a teacher before killing themselves. Parents clamoured for someone to protect their children and police in schools seemed to many to be the answer.

But most schools do not face any serious threat of violence and police officers patrolling the corridors and canteens are largely confronted with little more than boisterous or disrespectful childhood behaviour.

“What we see often is a real overreaction to behaviour that others would generally think of as just childish misbehaviour rather than law breaking,” said Fowler. Tickets are most frequently issued by school police for “disruption of class”, which can mean causing problems during lessons but is also defined as disruptive behaviour within 500ft (150 metres) of school property such as shouting, which is classified as “making an unreasonable noise”.

Among the more extreme cases documented by Appleseed is of a teacher who had a pupil arrested after the child responded to a question as to where a word could be found in a text by saying: “In your culo (arse)”, making the other children laugh. Another pupil was arrested for throwing paper aeroplanes.

Students are also regularly fined for “disorderly behaviour”, which includes playground scraps not serious enough to warrant an assault charge or for swearing or an offensive gesture. One teenage student was arrested and sent to court in Houston after he and his girlfriend poured milk on each other after they broke up. Nearly one third of tickets involve drugs or alcohol. Although a relatively high number of tickets – up to 20% in some school districts – involve charges over the use of weapons, mostly the weapons used were fists.

The very young are not spared. According to Appleseed, Texas records show more than 1,000 tickets were issued to primary schoolchildren over the past six years (although these have no legal force at that age). Appleseed said that “several districts ticketed a six-year-old at least once in the last five years”.

Fines run up to $500. For poorer parents, the cost can be crippling. Some parents and students ignore the financial penalty, but that can have consequences years down the road. Schoolchildren with outstanding fines are regularly jailed in an adult prison for non-payment once they turn 17. Stumping up the fine is not an end to the offending student’s problems either. A class-C misdemeanour is a criminal offence.

“Once you pay it, that’s a guilty plea and that’s on your record,” said Simpkins. “In the US we have these astronomical college and university expenses and you go to fill out the application to get your federal aid for that and it says have you ever been arrested. And there you are, no aid.”

In Austin, about 3% of the school district’s 80,000 pupils were given criminal citations in the 2007/8 school year, the last date for which figures are available. But the chances of a teenager receiving a ticket in any given year are much higher than that because citations are generally issued to high-school pupils, not those in kindergarten or primary school.

The result, says the Appleseed report, is that “school-to-prison pipeline” in which a high proportion of children who receive tickets and end up in front of a court are arrested time and again because they are then marked out as troublemakers or find their future blighted by a criminal record.

From her perch on the bench in an Austin courtroom, Judge Jeanne Meurer has spent close on 30 years dealing with children hauled up for infractions, some serious, others minor. Some of the difficulties faced by teachers can be seen as Meurer decides whether a parade of children should be released to await trial or held in custody. Meurer switches between motherly and intimidating depending on what she makes of the child before her.

“Some of them are rough kids,” she said. “I’ve been on the bench 30 years and you used to never have a child cuss you out like you do now. I appreciate the frustrations that adults have in dealing with children who seem to have no manners or respect. But these are our future. Shouldn’t we find a tool to change that dynamic versus just arresting them in school and coming down with the hard criminal justice hammer?”

Many of those who appear in front of Meurer have learning problems. Children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of police in schools. Simpkins describes the case of a boy with attention deficit disorder who as a 12-year-old tipped a desk over in class in a rage. He was charged with threatening behaviour and sent to a juvenile prison where he was required to earn his release by meeting certain educational and behavioural standards.

“But he can’t,” she said. “Because of that he is turning 18 within the juvenile justice system for something that happened when he was 12. It’s a real trap. A lot of these kids do have disabilities and that’s how they end up there and can’t get out. Instead of dealing with it within school system like we used to, we have these school police, they come in and it escalates from there.”

Sometimes that escalation involves force. “We had one young man with an IQ well below 70 who was pepper-sprayed in the hallway because he didn’t understand what the police were saying,” said Simpkins. “After they pepper-sprayed him he started swinging his arms around in pain and he hit one of the police officers – it’s on video, his eyes were shut – and they charged him with assault of a public servant. He was 16. He was charged with two counts of assault of a public servant and he is still awaiting trial. He could end up in prison.”

Austin’s school police department is well armed with officers carrying guns and pepper spray, and with dog units on call for sniffing out drugs and explosives.

According to the department’s records, officers used force in schools more than 400 times in the five years to 2008, including incidents in which pepper spray was fired to break up a food fight in a canteen and guns were drawn on lippy students.

In recent months the questionable use of force has included the tasering of a 16-year-old boy at a high school in Seguin, Texas, after “he refused to cooperate” when asked why he wasn’t wearing his school identification tag. He then used “abusive language”. The police said that when an officer tried to arrest the boy, he attempted to bite the policeman. The youth was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass even though the school acknowledges he is a student and was legitimately on the grounds.

Such cases are not limited to Texas. In one notorious instance in California, a school security officer broke the arm of a girl he was arresting for failing to clear up crumbs after dropping cake in the school canteen. In another incident, University of Florida campus police tasered a student for pressing Senator John Kerry with an awkward question at a debate after he had been told to shut up.

Sometimes the force is deadly. Last week, Texas police were accused of overreacting in shooting dead a 15-year-old student, Jaime Gonzalez, at a school in Brownsville after he pointed an air gun, which resembled a real pistol, at them outside the principal’s office. The boy’s father, also called Jaime, said the police were too quick to shoot to kill when they could have wounded him or used another means to arrest him. “If they would have tased him all this wouldn’t have happened,” he told the Brownsville Herald. “Like people say there’s been stand-offs with people that have hostages for hours … But here, they didn’t even give I don’t think five minutes. No negotiating.” The police say Gonzalez defied orders to put the gun down.

Meurer says she is not against police in schools but questions whether officers should regard patrolling the playground the same way they go about addressing crime on the streets.

“When you start going overboard and using laws to control non-illegal behaviour – I mean if any adult did it it’s not going to be a violation – that’s where we start seeing a problem,” she says. “You’ve gradually seen this morphing from schools taking care of their own environments to the police and security personnel, and all of a sudden it just became more and more that we were relying on law enforcement to control everyday behaviour.”

Chief Brian Allen, head of the school police department for the Aldine district and president of the Texas school police chiefs’ association, is having none of it.

“There’s quite a substantial number of students that break the law. In Texas and in the US, if you’re issued a ticket, it’s not automatically that you’re found guilty. You have an opportunity to go before the judge and plead your case. If you’re a teacher and a kid that’s twice as big as you comes up and hits you right in the face, what are you going to do? Are you going to use your skills that they taught you or are you going to call a police officer?”

But Allen concedes that the vast majority of incidents in which the police become involved are for offences that regarded as little more than misbehaviour elsewhere.

“Just like anything else, sometimes mistakes are made.” he said. “Each circumstance is different and there’s no set guideline. There’s also something called officer discretion. If you take five auto mechanics and ask them to diagnose the problem of a vehicle, you’ll come up with five different solutions. If you ask five different doctors to diagnose a patient, a lot of times you’ll have five different diagnoses. Conversely, if you ask five different police officers if they would write a ticket or not for the same offence, you possibly have five different answers.”
Jennifer Rambo (left) and her daughter Sarah Bustamentes, who was charged with ‘disrupting class’ Jennifer Rambo (left) and her daughter Sarah Bustamentes, who was charged with ‘disrupting class’. Photograph: Chris McGreal

Parents who have been sucked into the system, such as Jennifer Rambo, the mother of Sarah Bustamantes, wonder what happened to teachers taking responsibility for school discipline.

“I was very upset at the teacher because the teacher could have just stopped it. She could have said: OK class, that’s enough. She could have asked Sarah for her perfume and told her that’s inappropriate, don’t do that in class. But she did none of that. She called the police,” she says.

Politicians and civil liberties groups have raised the same question, asking if schools are not using the police to shift responsibility, and accountability, for discipline.

“Teachers rely on the police to enforce discipline,” says Simpkins. “Part of it is that they’re not accountable. They’re not going to get into trouble for it. The parent can’t come in and yell at them. They say: it’s not us, it’s the police.”

That view is not shared by an Austin teacher who declined to be named because he said he did not want to stigmatise the children in his class.

“There’s this illusion that it’s just a few kids acting up; kids being kids. This is not the 50s. Too many parents today don’t control their children. Their fathers aren’t around. They’re in gangs. They come in to the classroom and they have no respect, no self-discipline. They’re doing badly, they don’t want to learn, they just want to disrupt. They can be very threatening,” he says. “The police get called because that way the teacher can go on with teaching instead of wasting half the class dealing with one child, and it sends a message to the other kids.”

The Texas State Teachers Association, the state’s main teachers union, did not take a position on ticketing at the recent debate in the legislature over Whitmire’s proposal to scrap it. But the association’s Clay Robison says that most teachers welcome the presence of police in schools.

“Obviously it looks as if some police officers are overreacting at some schools. I’m a parent and I wouldn’t want my 17-year-old son hauled in to court if he and another student got in to an argument in a cafeteria. Police officers need to exercise a little bit of common sense but the police are what they are. They enforce the law,” he says. “At the same time, years ago, at a school in one of the better neighbourhoods of Austin, a teacher was shot to death in his classroom. It’s still a very rare occurrence but it does happen. Anything that increases the security of the teacher is good so they don’t have to worry about personal safety and they can concentrate on teaching the kids. We get complaints from some teachers that the police aren’t aggressive enough at moving against some of the older juveniles, those that they feel actually do pose a danger to the teachers or the other students.”

Because of Sarah Bustamentes’s mental disorders, a disability rights group took up her case and after months of legal battles prosecutors dropped the charges. Ask her how she feels about police in schools after her experience and she’s equivocal.

“We need police in school. In my school it can get physical and it can turn out very bad,” she says. “But they should stop issuing tickets. Only for physical stuff or bullying. Not what you do in class.”


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UNComfortable in their skin

Diet book for girls as young as SIX branded ‘irresponsible’ by nutrition experts

By Chris Brooke

A controversial children’s book tells how a girl ‘transforms’ her life and becomes a school hero by losing weight.

The work, called Maggie Goes on a Diet, is written in verse and aimed at those as young as six.

Last night it was condemned by parents and experts for sending a dangerous message to vulnerable youngsters and encouraging eating disorders.

Healthy: Anna Wood before her anorexia and then ‘ravaged’ by the illness

Although it won’t be published until October, Amazon is taking orders for the 44-page book written by U.S. author and father Paul M. Kramer.

A summary on the website says the plot features ‘a 14-year-old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal-sized girl who becomes the school soccer star’.

It continues: ‘Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self-image.

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The picture on the cover shows the podgy teenage girl holding a dress which is clearly too small for her and looking in the mirror at her reflection, represented by a slimmer version of herself. Christine Gibson, whose 16-year-old daughter Anna Wood died last year after anorexia ‘ravaged’ her body, criticised the book’s message.

Mrs Gibson, 52, of Wimbledon, South-West London, said: ‘It is a book that parents should ensure their children don’t get hold of. It is a timebomb. To have a book like that for young kids is awful.

‘There is a huge percentage of kids who will read it and not take anything from it, but some will see it as the answer to a lot of things.’
Maggie Goes On A Diet, which will go on sale in October, tells the story of a 14-year-old who becomes a school football star after losing weight

Controversial: Maggie Goes On A Diet, which will go on sale in October, tells the story of a 14-year-old who becomes a school football star after losing weight

Her daughter went on a post-Christmas diet to shed a few pounds but became gripped by the eating disorder and eventually died of a heart attack. Mrs Gibson’s concerns were echoed by Paul Sacher, a paediatric dietitian and co-founder of Mend, an organisation that provides free, healthy lifestyle programmes for families. He said the book was ‘shocking.’

‘The suggestion that a young child should aspire to look thin rather than be healthier or have more energy is very concerning,’ he said.

‘While it’s important that children maintain a healthy weight for their age and height, the idea that a child should go on a diet and lose weight is not helpful and could potentially be damaging.’

Joanna Ikeda, a nutritionist at the University of California, said: ‘Body dissatisfaction is a major risk for eating disorders in children all the way up through adulthood.’

‘Six and seven-year-olds already believe that their size tells the world what sort of person they are, and that big equals fat equals unpopular’

She said role models such as Maggie could perpetuate the idea that ‘if you don’t look like Cinderella, you’re a failure’, adding: ‘I wouldn’t want a child to read this. They might, in fact, try to do this and fail. What is that going to do to their self-esteem?’


Mr Kramer, who is based in Hawaii, is publishing the book himself. It is a follow-up to his other children’s titles including Bullies Beware and the soon-to-be published Do Not Dread Wetting the Bed and Divorce Stinks!

The books are meant to be read by parents alongside their children. Mr Kramer claims the diet book is merely tackling the ‘issues that kids face today’.

But internet forums are already busy with criticism, with some parents threatening to boycott online retailers who sell it. One woman wrote: ‘This book is an abomination. It takes so little to trigger eating disorders in children and teenagers and this could be such a huge trigger. If you read this to your kid it is tantamount to abuse.’

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Hiroshima to Fukushima, Finishing the Job

Hiroshima to Fukushima, Finishing the Job

A Time for the Kill

by Bob Nichols

(San Francisco) Two 10,000 lb (4,545 kg) uranium poison gas “dirty” bombs with small nuclear dispersion devises set Japan on the road to extinction on August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945 at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

A row of six modified and enlarged US Navy submarine reactors pioneered by US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover and manufactured by the US based General Electric Corp (GE) finished the kill March 11, 2011. Thanks to the US Navy designed and GE built atomic reactors, the Japanese people are dying, the country of Japan is no more and the land is permanently uninhabitable.

Lethal nuclear vapors created by the destroyed Navy/GE reactors and thousands of tons of garbaged and burning old reactor cores are spreading invisible radioactive death and sickness all over the world.

What’s more: the atomic reactors spilled their burning guts into the basements and there is evidence the melted reactor cores are still “reacting” 160 days out. Shutting them down is mostly just plain impossible. The burning, radioactive gates of hell are still open wide. Breathe deep everyone. Breathe your own poisoned Fuku tainted air.

The Total Fertility Rate (TFR)

The best measure of population growth or shrinkage is a country’s Total Fertility Rate (TFR). It is, simply put, the average number of children women have in a society over their child bearing years. Two kids per woman is the “replacement value” for one woman and one male. Two kids per woman means the man and woman replace themselves and the next generation will be the same size as their preceding generation.

The higher the TFR number, the more the population will grow and expand. On the other hand, a TFR number below 2 kids per woman means the population is shrinking for the next generation. Nuclear weaponeers who know about these things say it is impossible for a society to recover, or grow again, with a TFR below 1.3 kids per woman. In short, that society is doomed. Japan’s TFR plummeted to 1.2 since the detonation of the two 10,000 lb sperm and ovary destroying uranium poison gas bombs in August, 1945.

The so-called “Atomic Bomb” development and deployment was under the control of the Radiological Warfare Committee (RWC) of the US Department of War. The WWII RWC had the same members as the WWI Poison Gas Committee. They were, of course, doing the same job, with the same people. For WWII that job expanded to include the Manhattan Project. It was all about the development of advanced weapons. That was about 70 years ago and the frenzied work pace has never stopped or slowed.

The US War Department and American society’s leaders were big on using creepy poison gas to exterminate those who needed to be exterminated. In a cost effective manner, of course. After all, it is a big planet.

Using atomized radioactive particles that last for ever to poison and contaminate the land and all the people in and around target countries was their idea and they loved it. They thought it was the best idea they had had since WWI – or so they thought.

The rest of the world had gone through a big re-think on the messy subject of poison gas and its use. Other countries were dead set against the use of poison gas. The other countries even went so far as to make poison gas use a War Crime.

This was inconvenient, to say the least, for the US War Department’s Poison Gas Committee, now just a bunch of thuggish war criminals, instead of high society dandies. So, the War Department and the leaders of American society on the powerful Poison Gas Committee changed the name of the Poison Gas Committee to the Radiological Warfare Committee. Boom, problem solved.

Thus, suitably camouflaged with a few words to fool the weak minded, the Poison Gas Committee continued on its lethal mission. The Committee decided a big uranium poison gas bomb to contaminate whole countries, control wildly breeding populations and lower the IQ of the lesser classes (read this as coloured, with a “u”) of society, thereby making them suitable for employment as low paid, disposable workers was the perfect solution to intractable problems in the world.

Jim Conant, President of Harvard University, was just the kind of visionary high society killer who would deliver the Manhattan Project’s uranium poison gas bombs just in time to kick start the slaughter of millions.

Thanks to Jim’s hard work on the RW Committee Japan’s TFR (Total Fertility Rate) would plummet after the atomic bombing. This was primarily because of a fine layer of uranium gas and dust that covered Japan in August, 1945. Uranium gas warfare destroyed Japan’s human breeding capacity, just as uranium was known to do.

Finishing the Job, a Time for a Kill

Friday, March 11, 2011 was the day the country of Japan officially died. A human baby’s gestation period in its mother is normally 270 days. Two hundred and seventy days from conception to delivery as a full term, normal infant boy or girl.

The 270th day from March 11, 2011 is December 5, 2011. I predict a bloody December as many normal peoples’ hopes for a healthy kid are shattered beyond all recognition by a Fukushima Daiichi crop of monster, deformed, crazed or dead kids. The gruesome harvest of dead babies and fetuses in the womb, has already started.

December, 2011 will not be good month for expectant mothers-to-be. Tiny bits of radioactive uranium isotopes in the phosphate rich sperm and eggs of humans will be the exact cause. Fukushima originated uranium isotopes make a bee line to human sources of phosphates, the one mineral with a natural affinity to uranium isotopes. Phosphates are in human brains, bones, gonads and mitochondrial DNA, among other structures.

Frightened governments and their hunkered down spokesmen will lie like dogs to still the as yet unsuspecting Normal people and Normals who are starting to catch on that something has gone way wrong.

The coming Fuku Kid Disaster and Fuku Kill Off

First and foremost will be the ever nasty New York Times (NYT.) When it comes to something really, vitally important to all our futures, our families and friends, we can always count on the NYT to lie through their teeth for the nuclear industry criminals and mass murderers. That is nothing new for the Times, they always have.

What’s more, the dominant owners of the NYT, the Sultzberger family, like it that way. The family has had a slash and burn radiation policy ever since Hiroshima in 1945. No Lie was too Big, in fact, the Bigger and more Bizarre the better. Germany’s WWII Fuhrer Adolph Hitler may have coined the concept “The Big Lie;” but, the New York Times spun it out to a degree that would make even Hitler proud.

The Radiation Warfare Committee controlled Manhattan Project to build the Atomic Bomb got its name from its organizer, the Manhattan Engineering District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Sultzbergers’ NY Times was only too eager to help the fledgling CIA and the US War Department lie about the nuke bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that incinerated hundreds of thousands of people. Many were literally vaporized into nothingness.

The Big Lie Lives On with the NY Times

A few weeks after the atomic bombing, Australian journalist George Weller managed to sneak into occupied Japan and nuked Nagasaki in spite of US Army General Douglas MacArthur’s prohibition. Weller, an experienced war correspondent, was utterly stunned at the extent of the other worldly devastation and killing of the Atomic Bomb.

Mr. Weller coined the term “Atomic Plague” which then swept around the world on a wave of revulsion at what the Americans had done. Diplomats and other people politically or militarily in-the-know knew the Japanese were eager to surrender and that President Truman lied in his bull shit speech about the Atomic Bomb “saving American lives” that would be forfeit if the US were to invade Japan.

The six devastated US Navy/GE reactors at Fukushima Daiichi finished the Kill Truman ordered 65 years, 7 months, and 6 days later on March 3, 2011.

Sayonara, Japan, you are history.

“Who’s Next?”

Good question. There are 438 big reactors, just stationary nuclear weapons really, in the world. 104 big nuke reactors are in America and many, like the Fuku reactors, are by the sea due to the exorbitant, one billion gallons a day water demand of the reactors. Even the inland reactors are exquisitely vulnerable to becoming another Fukushima. If any lose electricity and off site feeds, a Fuku type meltdown is guaranteed.

The people in the Japanese NHK TV video below live in Northern Japan. They must evacuate and many are dying. Many won’t leave, preferring Denial as the better course to reality and Evacuation. After all, you can’t see, feel, hear or taste radiation as it liquefies your insides.

Any of us could be next. Dying in adult diapers praying for morphine is not a good way to check out.

The US Military and probably Russia’s Military, the former Soviet Union, possess weapons that can accomplish this kind of devastation. They should, at least the US has devoted billions to controlling what the DOD calls “earth processes” for 60 years. That would be your basic hurricanes, tornadoes, rain, drought, earthquakes, tsunamis, rogue waves and volcanoes.

Even a medium sized tropical storm, not even big enough to be a hurricane or typhoon, contains as much energy as 10,000 Hiroshima sized Atomic Bombs. If the War Department, later renamed to the Department of Defense to confuse the do-gooders, could control the weather or “Earth Processes” they would control the world. That’s the long held dream of Psychos and control freaks everywhere.

Is the DOD responsible for all so-called “natural” disasters? Of course not, that is silly; and, the DOD has the perfect built in deniability. They can just shrug their shoulders and say “It’s just the weather” or the classic one for these Psycho monsters “It’s an Act of God!”

During the known nuclear weapons detonation era the US exploded some 1,300 nuclear weapons, Russia about 800 and the other nuclear powers trailed way behind. Did you ever wonder why the supposedly super smart Americans took 1,300 nuke detonations to get the nuke weapons right and the Chinese only a few dozen? The Israelis have more than 400 nukes and did it with zero detonations.

What is the story here? Maybe the Manhattan Project physicists and scientists were up to something else – something bigger than the Bomb.

It appears from all available declassified evidence, including former US Secretary of Defense Cohen, and many US Congressional hearings as well as scuttlebutt around the Nuclear Weapons Labs that the Earth itself is, in fact, the biggest weapon of all. That is the ultimate Control over Planet Earth. And that, my friends, is exactly the plan of the US Military and political leadership.

But, don’t take my word for it. Research it yourself. There’s a world of info out there, “Go For It.”

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Nucléaire / Nuclear : Collaborating to create a radioactive fallout contamination map

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVzX3gAxp58&feature=player_embedded A NHK Television of Japan production showing independent scientists as they construct a radiation map of Northern Japan, including the Evacuation Zone around the six trashed nuclear power plants at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan.

This video is a response video of the respected nuclear authority Prof Kodama of the UIniversity of Tokyo. Prof. Kodama Angry about Japanese Gov.’s Gross Negligence (Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDlEOmcALwQ&feature=watch_response_rev

Tokyo: 230,000 becquerels per square meter of Cesium on athletic field in Koto — 6 times as high as limit set for radiation control zones, June 9, 2011.

1,500 tons of radioactive sludge cannot be buried – NHK News, July 29, 2011.

Highest levels of radiation since March 11 detected at Fukushima nuclear reactors, August 09, 2011.

Duration calculation results. From and including: Friday, March 11, 2011 To and including: Tuesday, August 17, 2011. It is 160 days from the start date to the end date, end date included. Or 5 months, 6 days including the end date.

Tweets from Japan: “When we wash their hair, it comes off in a clump — It is really scary,” August 13th, 2011 at 06:30 AM

Tweets from a nurse (my very good guess from her tweets) in a large hospital in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture on August 10:

[Translation:]

Increasing number of patients with unexplainable decrease in white blood cells, headache, nausea. They are diagnosed for existing illness and undergo treatment, but they don’t respond to the treatment at all. I’ve seen those cases in my hospital. I’m not saying they are all because of the radiation exposure, but I’m telling you what I’m seeing.

[Translation:]

When we wash their hair, it comes off in a clump. It is really scary. The doctor says, “I really wonder why the white blood cell count is down…” Doctor, don’t be so relaxed about it. There is going to be more and more people who don’t respond to treatment.

The 2053 nuclear tests and explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998 are plotted visually and audibly on a world map.
www.ctbto.org/specials/1945-1998-by-isao-hashimoto/)

“1945 to 1998? by ISAO HASHIMOTO.

About “1945-1998? ©2003

“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”

Contact the artist:

Should you have any query regarding this artwork, please contact e-mail address below:
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* The number excludes both tests by North Korea (October 2006 and May 2009).

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Baby Lingerie? Adult Underthings for Tiny Tots, and Teens?

It’s entirely inappropriate’: Fashion industry outraged after French label launches lingerie for girls as young as FOUR

By Daisy Dumas

In a move that has shocked fashion onlookers, scantily-clad young girls wearing make-up and sporting voluminous up-dos are promoting a new range of lingerie that is targeted at girls as young as four years old.

Combining lingerie and lounge wear to form ‘loungerie,‘ the Jours Après Lunes line for four to 12-year-olds features a range of panties, bras, camisoles and T-shirts with lace edges, ribboned bow detailing and nautical stripes.

The shots feature young girls in poses and styling that seem far too premature for their ages.


Too much too young? New French lingerie label Jours Apres Lunes is designed for girls aged between four and 12

Wearing striped bras and panties, they play with make-up and jewellery, strings of pearls wrapped around their small frames.

Most of the photos are too risque to feature on MailOnline, the bare legs and stomachs of the girls deeming them inappropriate for publication.

In one shot, a girl wears Jackie O-style sunglasses while lounging back on a pillow, her modesty protected by just panties and a cropped polka-dot tied top.

In another, three young girls play together, their hair set in Amy Winehouse-style beehives and their lips painted bright pinks and reds.

Fashionista, which broke the story, says: ‘What’s disturbing about Jours Après Lunes is… that it’s lingerie for people who probably shouldn’t be old enough to even know what lingerie is.’

The label also includes a range for babies and another for older teenagers and ladies, or ‘femmes’. The ‘unsettling’ styling sees a grown model ‘made to look like a child, while the actual children are made to look like adults,’ according to the site.

One of the promotional pictures for the ‘femmes’ range features a teenager in a bra and panties wearing little make-up and cuddling a giant teddy bear.

The ‘loungerie’ underwear is sold ‘to be worn over and under, inside and outside,‘ says the collection’s designer, who credits herself with being the first designer brand dedicated to ‘loungerie’ for children and teenagers.

‘These pictures are not cute. It’s entirely inappropriate to put a four-year-old in a bouffant like she’s Brigitte Bardot’

Commentators have expressed concern over the apparent sexualisation of the young girls.

Marilisa Racco, author of Le Snob Lingeries told NY Daily News:

‘It’s cute when a little girl dresses up in her mom’s clothing and jewelry and high heels.

These pictures are not cute. It’s entirely inappropriate to put a 4-year-old in a bouffant like she’s Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman.

‘It’s inappropriate to sexualize children. A pearl-encrusted triangle bra on a little girl does not sit well with me.’

Her opinion may only express an American position on the subject, however. Luis Paredes, from Lingerie Journal said that the Europeans will be less offended by the pictures:

Recently, a lot of fashion magazines and fashion brands have come under fire for using kids in their photo spreads.

I think that at least here stateside, this company will come under fire as well,’ the publisher told NY Daily News.

The Jours Après Lunes photographs are reminiscent of a Thylane Blondeau shoot for Vogue that just last week whipped up a global storm over the 10-year-old’s languid poses for the Tom Ford-edited January edition of French Vogue.

Outcry over her vampish make-up, sexualised styling and pouting lips forced the young model’s TV-personality mother to close her fan site on Facebook.

If you thought THIS story was weird. Check out 15 “Unintentionally” Perverted Toys for Children or 8 Weirdly Sexual Products You Won’t Believe Are for Kids.

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