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  • American Teenage Financial Literacy is Just…Average

    07/14/2014 6:59:05 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 12, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Teens in the United States are only average when it comes to financial literacy; crushed by Chinese teenagers’ remarkable performance on the Programme for International Student Assessment’s (PISA) first-ever financial literacy assessment. pisa study chart PISA typically surveys an average of 65 countries and economies focusing on mathematics with additional reading, science and problem-solving areas of assessment. On July 9, 2014 PISA released the results of a new financial literacy assessment evaluating 15-year-olds from 18 countries and economies. Among those countries the United States ranked somewhere between 8 and 12; China, 1. But that’s not all, while the U.S. struggles...
  • American Kids Are Really Bad at Handling Money: Report shows U.S. teens falling behind China

    07/10/2014 10:17:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Journal ^ | 07/10/2014 | Nancy Cook
    Score another one for Chinese teenagers, who leave U.S. kids in their dust when it comes to knowing how to handle money. That's the latest anxiety-producing statistic (for American parents, anyway) to emerge out of a newly released international study of the financial habits of roughly 29,000 teens from countries as far flung as Australia, China, Colombia, France, Israel, Russia, Spain, and the U.S. The goal of this first-ever international study of financial literacy, conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, was to gauge the financial know-how of 15-year-olds worldwide. Many of the teenagers have reached or are...
  • Why Teenagers Today May Grow Up Conservative

    07/08/2014 5:24:57 AM PDT · by Theoria · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 July 2014 | David Leonhardt
    There was a time not so long ago when the young seemed destined to be liberal forever. Americans in their teens and 20s were to the left of their elders on social issues. They worried more about poverty. They voted strongly Democratic.In retrospect, we refer to this period as the 1960s, and it didn’t last long, let alone forever. Less than a generation after young people were marching for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, they voted overwhelmingly for Ronald Reagan.Today, of course, the young are liberal again, and it seems as if they will be forever. They favor...
  • US Urges 'Restraint' in Search for Kidnapped Teenagers

    06/18/2014 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/14
    The United States on Wednesday called on both Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to "show restraint" as Israel tightened their grip on Hamas hunting for three kidnapped teenagers, AFP reports. "We recognize this is an incredibly sensitive and difficult circumstance on the ground, and we feel all sides should exercise restraint," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. Israeli troops have pressed their biggest arrest operation in years, imposing a tight lockdown on huge swathes of Judea and Samaria in the hunt for the three boys kidnapped six days ago. So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for...
  • What Happens When American Teenagers Can't Find Work

    04/09/2014 12:32:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nancy Cook
    Most Americans love to reminisce about their first paying job, whether it was scooping ice cream, babysitting, or working behind a retail counter. It was rarely glamorous, but earning that first paycheck was a point of pride and marked a milestone in a teenager's life. By the time Andrew Sum entered his teenage years, he'd already held a job delivering newspapers. Now as an economist, one of his chief concerns is the state of the labor market for today's teenagers. The employment rates for teenagers, ages 16 to 19, plummeted from 45 percent in 2000 to just 26 percent in...
  • 2 Arrests Made In Detroit Mob Attack On Man

    04/05/2014 5:18:01 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 56 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 05 April 2014 | Ed White
    Two Detroit teenagers were arrested Saturday in an attack on a suburban man who was brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck. Steve Utash remained in critical condition Saturday. Utash is white; Detroit is more than 80 percent black.
  • Nothing to see here, move along: Just your regular mob of rampaging teenagers

    03/26/2014 7:21:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/26/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Ho-hum, a mob of 200 teenagers rampages through the downtown of an American city, assaulting and hospitalizing people and robbing stores. The mayor calls for calm. And nobody outside that local media market, where it cannot be ignored, hears a thing about it. Now why would that be? Could it possibly be because surveillance video from a convenience store that was robbed shows all the miscreants were black? The Right Scoop brings us news of the insurrection which gripped Louisville over the weekend:
  • Teen Sues Parents for Cash, College Tuition. Does She Have a Case?

    03/03/2014 2:33:45 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 81 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/3/2014 | Beth Greenfield
    A New Jersey teenager claiming that her mother and father tossed her out of their home and cut her off financially is suing them for immediate support, current private-school fees and future college tuition. The parents, meanwhile, say that daughter Rachel Canning, 18, moved out voluntarily after refusing to abide by their rules. “We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife,” Rachel's father, Sean Canning, a town administrator and retired police officer, tells the Daily Record. “We have a child we want home. We’re not Draconian and now we’re getting hauled into...
  • US teens more stressed than adults

    02/11/2014 4:11:25 PM PST · by workerbee · 38 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/11/14
    **SNIP** Many of the teenagers surveyed said they were suffering from irritability or angriness (40 percent), nervousness or anxiety (36 percent) or depression and sadness (33 percent) because of their stress. Sturgill told USA Today she sometimes skips meals because of high levels of stress. “Our study this year gives us a window in looking at how early these patterns might begin," clinical psychologist Norman Anderson, the APA’s CEO told USA Today. "The patterns of stress we see in adults seem to be occurring as early as the adolescent years — stress-related behaviors such as lack of sleep, lack of...
  • Brazil's Teenage Flashmobs Are A Lot More Serious Than They Sound

    01/20/2014 6:15:46 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    BI ^ | 1-20-2013 | Brian Feldman, The Wire
    Brazil's Teenage Flashmobs Are A Lot More Serious Than They Sound The Wire Brian Feldman, The Wire Jan. 20, 2014, 7:43 AM Over the past week, flashmobs have been occurring all over Brazil as a form of protest, drawing thousands of participants and sometimes turning violent. The rolezhinos—"gatherings of predominantly poor, black youths who party in malls usually occupied by mostly wealthy, white consumers"—have been so effective in garnering attention that even the country's president is paying attention. The protests, according to The New York Times, "involve large numbers of dark-skinned teenagers" and cast an eye on public space in...
  • Teens and doctors avoid talking about sexual activity

    01/05/2014 4:00:57 PM PST · by usalady · 32 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan. 5, 2013 | Martha
    At a time when sexually transmitted diseases are infecting millions of teenagers it has been reported that doctors don’t bother asking them about their sex life. If a doctor does not bring it up during a physical examination neither does the teenager.
  • Rude and Uninformed. A reflection on a recent billboard campaign by Atheist Humanists

    12/21/2012 2:24:54 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked by the Young Adult group in my parish to address some ads on our local buses and subway trains here in Washington. The members of the Young adult group found the ads offensive and troubling, especially since they were aimed at kids. The ads are posted by the American “Humanist” Association (AHA) and are indeed aimed at kids and teenagers. The focus of the message is “Kids without God: You’re not the only one.” I have altered the ad at the upper right of this post to avoid listing its website but as you can see God...
  • 600 People Involved in Movie Theater Brawl, 5 Arrested

    12/26/2013 1:36:27 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 102 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/26/2013 | Russell Goldman
    Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theater's parking lot on Christmas night. Described by police as a "melee," the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theater's doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard. The officer "administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol," said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Soon after...
  • 3 Reasons Why Our Teenagers Can’t Find Jobs: And why this is terrible for America.

    12/14/2013 9:38:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | December 9, 2013 | Bonnie Ramthun
    The employment rate among teenagers is incredibly dismal. I know this firsthand, since I have teens at home and teenage nieces and nephews who cannot find work. There’s an irritating theme that runs through family conversations about our unemployed teens, and the words I hear most often are “lazy” and “entitled.” “I had a paper route when I was their age,” one of the older members of the family will tell me every time we get together. “They need to get out and hustle. Walk the neighborhood, mow lawns, weed gardens. There’s lots of jobs out there for teens.” “They...
  • The Knockout Game -- NYT/NPR Say No Big Deal

    11/28/2013 7:11:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2013 | Larry Elder
    The "knockout game" -- and the media underreporting of it -- combines the breakdown of the family with the media's condescending determination to serve as a public relations bureau for blacks. The "game" is a dare in which a young man -- all the perps appear to be male people of color, mostly blacks -- tries to literally knock out an innocent bystander with one blow. Both National Public Radio and The New York Times say these reports of the "knockout game" being widespread are overblown and do not represent a trend. Really? According to Colin Flaherty, author of "White...
  • McDonald's restaurant turns to opera to drive out loitering teenagers

    11/21/2013 3:34:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/21/2013 | Jonathan Pearlman
    A McDonald's outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to deter young people from loitering around the restaurant. Fed up with their outlet's nocturnal transformation into an unofficial youth club, the store adopted the tactic a few weeks ago and says it has significantly reduced the number of loiterers, particularly around the car park. The strategy has reportedly been tried before by a local council at a car park in Australia, though previous efforts involved blaring songs by Barry Manilow. Matthew Watson, the operations manager at the Mt Annan McDonald's on the outskirts of...
  • Marijuana affecting the brains and mental health of teenagers?

    09/13/2013 9:19:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 48 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 13, 2013 | Martha
    As more U.S. states increase legalization and increased accessibility of marijuana a recent scientific study reveals that the negative impact on the brains of teenagers is being ignored.
  • Narcissism Nation

    08/26/2013 9:36:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    We have become a nation of relentless self-promoters. Every day I check my email inbox and find it full of messages like “my media availability this week is…”, “I will be on TV or radio…”, “I am available for interviews,” or “my new book is available…” The onslaught of people promoting themselves makes it extraordinarily difficult for editors, funders and media to sift through potential talent, there is simply too much. Everyone wants to be a star, and the advent of YouTube and social media has made it appear to be readily attainable. The Internet’s democratization of access to publicity...
  • Teenagers poured gasoline on boy walking home from school and set him on fire: cops

    07/09/2013 5:11:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 4, 2012 | Meena Hart Duerson
    A 13-year-old boy who police say was doused with gasoline and lit on fire last week while walking home from school is recovering from first-degree burns to his face and head. The boy was just two blocks from his home in Kansas City Tuesday when two teenagers began to follow him and then attacked him, his mother, Melissa Coon, said. Police have described the suspects as black 16-year-olds, while the victim is white. "We were told it's a hate crime," Coon told KTLA. "They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open," Coon told KMBC....
  • Tobacco For Eighteen-Year-Olds? What Are Bloomberg’s Priorities?

    04/23/2013 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | April 23, 2013 | Mark Home
    For the record, I tend to think that a cigarette ban for minors may be appropriate. While I oppose prohibition for adults, I think it makes sense to say that adults shouldn’t be permitted to entice children into certain unhealthy choices. Of course, if such a prohibition is put in place, it needs to be justified by banning a substance that is clearly dangerous, not just “unhealthy” by some statistic that we know doesn’t apply to all people. If the evidence qualifies tobacco as such a substance, then I can see restricting it from children.But recent news about a new...
  • Erogenous Zones No Longer on Display

    03/28/2013 4:50:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Just last week, I was commiserating with other moms of middle-school teenage girls about the lack of appealing clothing available to teenage girls and the appalling state of girl teenage fashion today. You can find a few decent outfits, (cute but not risque), but they are few and far between. Once a girl outgrows Laura Ashley's offerings, she can find little more from mass merchandisers than clothes that appear to have been designed for young, tacky sex kittens -- clothes that my mother would not have let me wear to college, much less to middle school. According to Suzy Menkes,...
  • [B]oy 'stole truck, fled and shot himself dead in attempt to rob Texas home (Edited for space)

    03/24/2013 5:55:20 AM PDT · by libstripper · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Mar. 21, 2013 | AP & Daily Mail reporters
    Full title: "Mystery of 17-year-old boy who 'stole his parents’ truck, fled and then shot himself dead in botched attempt to rob Texas home'" A 17-year-old Oklahoma boy was found dead at the scene of a violent robbery in Texas just two days after he stole his parents' pickup truck and loaded it up with guns and ammunition.
  • ABC's Porn Pinup for Teenage Girls

    03/08/2013 5:18:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 8, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Sometimes it's hard to measure the distance between the supposedly established, respectable press and the seediest corners of hardcore pornography. On March 1, ABC's "Nightline" celebrated a porn star named "James Deen" (real name: Bryan Sevilla). The apparent "news" hook is his role in a forthcoming movie with the ever-more pathetic Lindsay Lohan. ABC reporter Cecilia Vega sold Deen as a 27-year-old hazard to teenaged girls. They're boasting that he's found a new frontier of porn consumers, "some of them so young we couldn't even interview them on camera. Their parents had no idea that secretly they have a crush...
  • 'Gallon Smashing' Comes to the North Shore — The Stupidest Teen Prank Ever?

    03/06/2013 10:09:01 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 49 replies
    Danvers (MA) Patch ^ | 3/6/13 | Chris Helms
    Four girls went "gallon smashing" at the Shaw's in Salem in Monday. How do you rate this in the annals of stupid teen pranks? (with video--which was not filmed at that market) In an evolutionary sense, we owe a lot to the adolescents of the species. The unnecessary risks they take helped our ancestors learn important lessons — like which plants were poisonous. But Monday in Salem there was an example of juvenile behavior for which I'm hard pressed to see the advantage. "Gallon smashing" is, well, just take a look at the YouTube video attached to this post. People...
  • 19-year-old male confesses threat to burn home with Mom and Dad inside

    01/12/2013 12:50:20 PM PST · by qwertyz · 8 replies
    Fitzwilliam Notebook ^ | 1662 | Isaac Newton
    Another bright, young male with time on his hands, another violent fantasy. This time, however, the young man who was "threatning [sic] my father and mother Smith to burne [sic] them and the house over them" was stopped in time. An owner of a crossbow, the teen was a resident of Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth in Lincolnshire, England. Removed from King's School, Grantham, two years prior to the incident, the suspect is son of Hannah Ayscough and stepfather Rev. Barnabus Smith. The incident was recorded in the teen's diary which listed several violent episodes -- including an assault on another student with a...
  • The Death of Depth

    01/09/2013 6:31:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Rachel Marsden
    It's very likely that kids will find this column to be, like, totally stupid, and will conclude that they can write one sooooo much better. They will declare this on their Twitter feed, sandwiched between the hundreds of photos of themselves making that pursed-lips "duck face," then wait for the "friends" they've never met in person to tell them how hot they look. That's because compared with 30 years ago, more American students think they're above average in writing, leadership, intelligence, drive and social skills, according to a BBC analysis of college freshmen data by psychologist Jean Twenge. A separate...
  • Seek Suggestions for 17 Year Old Grandson's Chirstmas Present:

    11/30/2012 8:05:10 PM PST · by Vinylly · 98 replies
    I have a 16 year old grandson that spends too much time on the computer and playing X games. He doesn't read books. So, I am thinking of giving him a couple of books for his christmas present. Two books I am thinking of is; 'The Richest Man In Babylon' by George Clasan and 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand. I would like suggestions from other writers that counter act the teaching he is getting in his school, and still be interesting for a 16 year old.
  • Teenage Werewolves

    12/01/2012 4:57:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Back in the 1950s, "Little Joe Cartwright" starred in a movie called "I Was a Teenage Werewolf." That's right, after seeing a full moon, Michael Landon ran around a public high school foaming at the mouth and pretty much out of control. Since there was little difference between his behavior and that of the normal students, he got away with it for two semesters. As I watched the film, I remember thinking that it was going to be tough for Landon to get into college with that on his resume. But then the 1960s happened, so that was that. This...
  • Police: NJ teen on party bus hits head, dies

    09/01/2012 12:27:42 AM PDT · by South40 · 69 replies
    Seattlepi.com ^ | 8/31/2012
    FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old New Jersey boy was killed after he put his head out of an emergency hatch of a double-decker bus and his head hit the underside of an Interstate 95 overpass.
  • CSX freight train derails in Ellicott City; 2 killed

    08/22/2012 8:36:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2012 | Alex Dominguez (AP)
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A train hauling coal derailed on a bridge in this city’s historic district, killing two college students who had been drinking together and hanging out on the tracks. Nearly two dozen railroad cars flipped over, including some that fell onto vehicles in a parking lot below the bridge, officials said. The students, both 19-year-old women, posted photos and comments from what appeared to be the bridge shortly before the train derailed around midnight Monday, according to Twitter feeds with the same names as the victims.
  • Study: More Teens Smoking Pot Than Cigarettes

    06/17/2012 12:46:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | Aylin Zafar
    Seems like teens have gotten the memo that cigarettes are bad for you; however, the same isn’t true for marijuana, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Released late last week, the government study revealed that in a nationwide study of 15,000 high school students, pot is now more popular among teens than cigarettes, CBS reports. Eighteen percent of surveyed students in 2011 reported smoking a cigarette in the past month, while 23% reported smoking marijuana in the last 30 days. Perhaps thanks to the anti-smoking campaigns in ads and in schools, or to the personal...
  • Teen Tanning Ban

    02/22/2012 9:29:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    MetroNews ^ | February 21, 2012 | Staff
    Kids under 17 would not be allowed to go to tanning beds in West Virginia in a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate. The bill, approved 30-4, sets up a regulatory process for tanning beds, including business registration and puts the state Bureau of Public Health in charge of regulating the facilities. The highlight of the bill is the ban for kids under 17. "The committee recommends doing this after we were given some statistics including one from the Yale School of Public Health that found that people who tanned on indoor beds had a 69 percent increased chance...
  • Time for a new approach to alcohol

    02/16/2012 12:14:38 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 84 replies
    Independent.co.uk | Wednesday, 15 February 2012 | Nick Edwards
    http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/02/15/time-for-a-new-approach-to-alcohol/ "Material from independent.co.uk cannot be posted to FR per publisher’s copyright complaint," but see link. In Firefox you can select url and right click choose "Open in new tab." It is very relevant to the Nat. health care mandate
  • Proposal to raise Maryland cigar tax attacked

    01/20/2012 7:23:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland health advocates are lauding Gov. Martin O'Malley’s proposal to increase the state’s cigar tax, but critics say such an increase would create another financial burden for consumers and business owners. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, proposed a state budget Wednesday that would raise the 15-percent excise tax on cigars, smokeless tobacco and other noncigarette tobacco items — a group collectively known as other tobacco products (OTP) — to 70 percent. The OTP tax has gone unchanged since 1999 while the cigarette tax has gone from 36 cents to $2 a pack during that period. Health advocates argue raising...
  • In Loco Parentis, or Pimp Students Out?

    10/16/2011 7:42:27 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 15 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 10-17-11 | stolinsky
      In Loco Parentis, or Pimp Students Out? David C. Stolinsky Oct. 16, 2011 UCLA officials announce that they are considering coed dorm rooms.− News item In my day, college dormitories were unisex. People of the opposite sex were not allowed above the first floor. When I took out a girl, which is what we called teenage females then, I checked in at the desk, and they phoned her to come down. In those days, we became legal adults at 21, not 18. We were called adolescents, meaning people who were in the process of becoming adults − just...
  • Rise of the Mob: Wisconsin Fairgoers Attacked, Violently Beaten

    08/05/2011 9:27:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/5/11 | Mac Slavo
    For the time being these attacks seem to be limited to teenagers, but it won’t be long before we see professional criminal organizations begin to use them to coordinate higher-end robberies or even vendettas against others. As was pointed out in the afforementioned article, researchers suggest that it takes only 5% of a group to influence the actions of the other 95%. When the call goes out, the mob will act without even knowing why – they just will. This is exactly what happened in Wisconsin when they began vandalizing fair storefronts and robbing them, eventually turning their attention to...
  • Dunkin' Donuts 'rampage' caught on video...

    05/23/2011 7:00:11 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 7:35 PM on 23rd May 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    In perhaps the ultimate sugar high, nearly two dozen young people allegedly mobbed a Dunkin' Donuts in an historic district of New York City, 'terrorizing' employees and making off with sweets and drinks. The 'swarm mob' rampage was caught on video, with highlights posted online. According to local news site DNAinfo.com, the mob descended on the shop just after 8 p.m. on May 16, at 75 Christopher Street in New York's Greenwich Village neighbourhood.
  • Two teens finally convicted for bullying-related suicide of Phoebe Prince, 15

    05/04/2011 11:55:12 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 6:28 PM on 4th May 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Two teenagers have been convicted in connection with the suicide of Phoebe Prince who hanged herself after months of relentless bullying. Sean Mulveyhill and Kayla Narey, both 18, pleaded guilty to the criminal harassment of Phoebe who was just 15 when she died. She had recently moved to Massachusetts from Ireland and briefly dated Mulveyhill. They are the only two of the six teenagers who were charged in connection with Phoebe's bullying-related suicide at South Hadley High school.
  • Pregnot: Toppenish High student fakes pregnancy as social test about stereotypes, rumors

    04/22/2011 5:53:46 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | April 20, 2011 | Adriana Janovich
    Gaby Rodriguez would worry whenever anyone asked to touch her baby bump. It wasn't because she felt shy or embarrassed. It was because the bulge -- fashioned from wire mesh and cotton quilt batting -- didn't actually contain a baby. For the past 61/2 months -- the bulk of her senior year at Toppenish High School -- the 17-year-old A-student faked her own pregnancy. Only a handful of people -- her mother, boyfriend and principal among them -- knew Gaby was pretending to be pregnant for her senior project, a culminating assignment required for graduation. "At times, I just wanted...
  • Teens warned of risks from 'vodka tampon' use

    03/31/2011 7:43:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Local (Germany's News in English) ^ | March 30, 2011 | The Local
    Police in southern Germany warned this week of a dangerous new form of alcohol abuse among teens – using tampons soaked in vodka to get drunk quickly and hide the smell. The practice poses grave health risks, they said. Police in the Baden-Württemburg city of Tuttlingen responded Tuesday to growing online chatter among teenagers that they could become intoxicated using the vodka tampons without having alcohol on their breath. This is not true, police said, denying that it was an effective way to get drunk. They also warned girls that the alcohol could damage vaginal walls and increase the risk...
  • The Lost Boys

    03/30/2011 10:01:33 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Texas Monthly ^ | Skip Hollandsworth
    In December 1970 two teenagers disappeared from the Heights neighborhood, in Houston. Then another and another and another. As the number of missing kids grew, no one realized that the most prolific serial killer the country had ever seen—along with his teenage accomplices—was living comfortably among them. Or that the mystery of what happened to so many of his victims would haunt the city to this day.
  • Police Leave Teens Locked in Van For Hours

    03/28/2011 7:50:31 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 40 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Mar 28, 2011 | BRIAN THOMPSON
    Police who busted a Fort Lee, N.J., high school house party over the weekend left a van full of teens locked up and parked outside in the freezing cold for 14 hours without food, water or access to a bathroom. Officials only realized what had happened after a passerby heard screams and banging from the police van where five teens were trapped, NBC New York has learned. "We were cold, dehydrated, hungry," said Tony, 17. "I mean it was the worst thing that ever possibly happened to me." Police raided the house party at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday because of...
  • Connected, exhausted

    03/27/2011 10:36:14 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/27/11 | Beth Teitell
    Texting teenagers who stay ‘on call’ all night pay the price in lost sleep Brookline 10th-grader Ashley Olafsson sleeps with her cellphone under her pillow so she doesn’t miss “emergency’’ texts — “like if a friend broke up with her boyfriend.’’ Stephanie Kimball of Waltham, 14, is also available for urgent overnight correspondence, such as, “Hey, seeing if you’re awake.’’ Dedham ninth-grader Courtney Johnson gets as many as 100 texts while in bed. “I just don’t feel like myself if I don’t have my phone near me or I’m not on it,’’ she said. Sure, all that middle-of-the-night communication leaves...
  • Green River Killer is charged with 49th murder after missing woman's skull is found in ravine

    02/08/2011 4:47:57 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:24 PM on 8th February 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Green River Killer Gary Ridgway is facing his 49th murder charge for the death of a woman whose skull was found by teenagers in a ravine, 28 years after she went missing. Ridgway, 61, is already serving 48 consecutive life sentences after being jailed in 2003 for a strangling spree which terrorised Seattle and its northern suburbs in the early 1980s. He once said he killed so many women he could not keep track of them all. He had previously confessed to killing Rebecca 'Becky' Marrero, a 20-year-old mother and prostitute last seen when she left a motel in 1982.
  • Once Again, MTV Exploits America’s Youth

    02/02/2011 9:53:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2011 | Marybeth Hicks
    Admittedly, the Egyptian uprising, the nullification of Obamacare and the ongoing ramifications of "Snowpocolypse 2011" could render the controversy about an MTV original program insignificant by comparison. After all, MTV is only out to destroy an entire generation. No big deal. Every adult - not just parents - should take the time to learn about the MTV show "Skins," a new "teen drama" that the Parents Television Council (PTC) has deemed "the most dangerous show on TV." Be careful when you go hunting for information about "Skins" lest your spouse conclude you've developed an interest in child pornography. The publicity...
  • Poll Finds High School Seniors Take Pro-Life Position on Abortion

    01/05/2006 4:37:19 PM PST · by dukeman · 14 replies · 1,572+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12/5/06 | Steven Ertelt
    Hamilton, NY -- A new national poll finds high school seniors take a pro-life position on abortion saying it's morally wrong and supporting legislative proposals that would limit abortions and help women find alternatives. The poll also found 72 percent of females in the class of 2006 would not consider an abortion if they became pregnant. The Hamilton College poll found a majority of high school seniors do not believe abortions should be allowed for sociological reasons such as when women are too poor to afford another child or unable to have a baby at the time. Studies from the...
  • Teens are getting pregnant to get on MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ show

    12/07/2010 4:23:28 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 25 replies
    Popeater ^ | December 7 2010 | Popeater
    If you’ve ever seen Teen Mom, you know that it in no way glorifies teen parenthood. Those young moms and dads are struggling, and despite the rumors that MTV pays them around $60,000 a season, (which MTV refuses to comment on) many of them are shown relying on government assistance to get by. The young women on the show, as much as their lives are put under the microscope, do get famous in their way.
  • 6 Brazen Advocates of Slut Culture on the Pseudo-Feminist Left

    10/24/2010 1:40:30 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 65 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | October 24, 2010 | Cassy Fiano
    Sluthood wasn't always considered a virtue. Most normal, rational people look at sleeping around as something sad and wrong. It's not healthy, physically or mentally, it can be damaging to a young girl's reputation, and it can also be incredibly dangerous. Women that sleep around oftentimes end up feeling used and regret their choices when they get older and decide to settle down. Other women end up contracting STDs, which may or may not be treatable. For these reasons and more, being a slut is understandably looked down upon -- it can be genuinely harmful. Today's pseudo-feminists, however, have...
  • New Policies Exterminating Teen Mall Rats

    09/27/2010 1:32:31 PM PDT · by MissTed · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/23/10 | Kathleen Schaefer
    On Friday and Saturday nights, at an increasing number of malls across the country, teenagers are being forced to bring along the one person they'd most likely rather leave behind: a parent. Dozens of malls now have what they call a "parental escort policy," meaning teens under the age of 18 have to be with a parent or guardian who is 21 or over to enter. Most shopping centers have these restrictions only on weekend evenings, but some keep them in place seven days a week. The Mid Rivers Mall in St. Louis, Mo., started sending away teens at the...
  • Two more teenagers are charged in fatal beating of Old Bridge man

    07/25/2010 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 2+ views
    star ledger ^ | Thursday, July 01, 2010 | Sue Epstein
    Two more teenagers were charged today with the murder of a township man who was beaten to death outside of his home last Friday night. Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said the two boys, one 17 and the other 16, join three other 17-year-olds who were charged with murder Monday after Divyendu Sinha died from the head injuries he received in the beating. The five, none of whom was identified because of their ages, may also face bias charges, the prosecutor said. In addition to the charges arising from Sinha’s fatal beating, the five juveniles, all Old Bridge residents, were...