Monday, May 24, 2010

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Teasing turned into cowardly bullying of disabled youth by four teenage bullies...

 Four teenage bullies allegedly forced a disabled boy into a home in the US and tattooed the word "poop d***" on his behind.

Police have charged the teens over the May 10 incident, in which the 14-year-old victim was told he'd no longer be teased at school if he agreed to be inked, The Smoking Gun website reports.

An affadavit said the New Hampshire student, who suffered from self-esteem issues, was frequently ridiculed because he once wore a Spider Man cap to school.

The group took the boy to a home in the city of Concord, in New Hampshire's south-east, where he was tattooed with a penis and the words "poop d***".

The group allegedly told the boy they would bash him if he tried to escape and that "he was going to get tattooed whether he liked it or not".

A raid on the home turned up tattooing equipment.

The teens have been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and tattooing without a licence.

A fifth boy is expected to be charged.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

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From Jakarta in Indonesia comes this story  of an  object lesson in parental irresponsibilty.

A two year old  Indonesian boy has become addicted to  cigarettes after his father gave him his first when he was just eighteen  months old.

Ardi Rizal, who lives in the fishing village of Busi Banyuasin, in Indonesia's South Sumatra, is part of what has been described as a disturbing trend. Data from the Central Statistics Agency showed that 25% of children aged from 3  to 15 years have tried cigarettes,  with 3.2% of those active smokers.

The percentage  of five to nine year olds lighting up had increased from 0.4% in 2001 to 2.8% in 2004. In a country with a population exceeding 400 million people this represents a huge number of young children smoking.

The boy's father, Mohammad Rizal reportedly said,"I'm not worried about his health. He looks healthy. He cries and throws tantrums when we won't let him smoke. He's addicted." Really? .

Seba Mulyadi, chairman of Indonesia's child protection  commissiom, blames the increase on aggressive advertising and parents who smoke. Don't blame advertising in this instance - it is not the young children who buy the cigarettes, it is their parents or other adults.

Mr Mulyadi claims there should be laws enacted to protect children and passive smokers. While there are already laws passed in 2009 recognising that smoking is addictive, and an anti-smoking coalition is pushing for even tougher measures to be taken against smoking in public places, advertising bans and larger health warnings on cigarette packets, what is needed is for parents to accept their responsibility as adults and protect their children against smoking. Whatever happened to the word no? It is the parents who should be prosecuted for allowing their children to smoke. In many countries the children would be removed from such irresponsible parents.







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