Every year, as part of my routine annual physical, I get a flu shot. But after reading about what happened to 19-year-old Chandler Webb, I may have to reconsider. You see, Chandler got a flu shot too and then he got so sick that he was rushed to a Salt Lake City, Utah hospital where he spent a month in a coma before his mother decided to take him off life support last week. His official cause of death was swelling of the brain, which his mother, Lori Webb, is convinced was caused by the flu shot.
Does that mean the vaccine is not safe?Continue Reading >
As Thanksgiving nears one family is desperately seeking their missing autistic son. The boy, 19-year-old Michael Karwan, went missing a week ago from his Marlboro, New Jersey home. Karwan was last seen getting on a bus near Monmouth County and has reportedly been spotted in New York City.
Police are asking residents to keep an eye out for the teen as they search locations they believe he is bound to visit.Continue Reading >
A few years ago one of my clients announced that she was quitting her job to help her daughter prepare for college. I was shocked by her decision. Why would she stop working now after going through, what I imagined, were some of the most challenging years as a parent? Now I know!
The college preparation process is definitely one of the most stressful experiences I have endured as a parent. My daughter is currently a freshman at a prestigious university in Boston. She decided to go there because when she was accepted she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship! Now that I've gone through the process and know what to expect I believe that my experience with my son (a sophomore in high school) will be much less taxing. So I felt compelled to share some of my learnings with those of you with kids who are in middle school because the process to "stand out" starts the first year in high school.Continue Reading >
Although I'm not basing this on a any scientific studies, I think it's safe to assume that most women out there are aware of the dangers of leaving a tampon in for too long because of the risk of toxic shock syndrome. But what if you were to find out that despite following the product's instructions a 14-year-old girl actually died from the highly dangerous bacterial infection after only her first time using a tampon? Well, that's what happened to Natasha Scott-Falber, and after reading about her unfortunate tragedy I can't help but think that maybe our abuelas were on to something when they warned us not to use tampons as teenagers ...Continue Reading >
Teenage boys from New Zealand are currently under investigation for starting and participating in a so-called "rape club," in which they filmed themselves having sex with girls as young as 13 after getting them drunk, and then posting videos of the group rapes on Facebook. The three suspects--who call themselves the roast busters--are believed to be between the ages of 17 and 18, and due to a lack of evidence, they have not yet been arrested.Continue Reading >
Have you ever heard your teen use the words "text bomb"? Do you know what he's talking about? If you don't, you're not alone because I had no idea either. But it turns out that it has to do with a new cyberbullying technique that will shock you.
Keep reading so you can learn all about this tendency among teens.Continue Reading >
Everything, absolutely everything about this story is utterly WRONG! For some reason I fail to comprehend, a teacher in South Africa decided it'd be a good idea to take three of his students to get penis piercings. Pieter Oberholzer claims they saw the one he had after swim practice and hounded him for months until he agreed to take them so they could get their own. Now the drama teacher has been fired and I'm left wondering where schools are finding these idiotic teachers ...Continue Reading >
A despicable teen thought she could get away with tormenting and harassing a disabled 18-year-old classmate by sending her anonymous texts of the most evil nature. But little did she know that her supposedly untraceable messages to Shea Shawhan were not as secure as she thought. So when Texas police showed up at her house to arrest her for harassment, I'm sure she was shocked. But she got what she deserved and when you read some of the texts she sent her victim, I know you'll feel the same way!Continue Reading >
An mom tries to discipline her teen son by taking his cellphone away and ends up dead. It sounds unbelievable, but sadly, it's true. A 16-year-old has been arrested and faces charges of first degree murder, aggravated assault, concealment of a dead body, and tampering with evidence in the death of her mother Tina Helms Spencer who was found dead in the shed behind her home in Mesa, Arizona early Saturday morning.
How can a son have so much hatred towards his own mother?Continue Reading >
Four despicable teens were arrested and charged with the murder of an 87-year-old World War II veteran. Lawrence "Shine" Thorton of Greenville, Mississippi had been walking into his home as he crossed his driveway when he was mugged by the thugs.
The abuelo known as the "Tamale King" in his town later died from the injuries he received during the attack. Neighbors and loved ones were left saddened over their tragic loss.Continue Reading >