From the very first day:
- Introduce them to GOD
- Teach them Respect
- Teach them Honor
- Teach them Manners
- Teach them Love
- Teach them Kindness
- Teach them Forgiveness
But above all, PROTECT THEM!!!!
TEACH THEM WHAT LIVES OUT THERE IN THE DARK
October 21, 2014
HAVANA, Ill. — A community came together Tuesday night to celebrate the life of a 16-year-old girl and shine a light on the issues of bullying, depression and teen suicide.
Lindsey Heflers died Saturday after battling depression that her parents say stemmed from bullying.
was a junior at Roanoke-Benson High School, but spent her freshman and sophomore years at Havana High School.
Lindsey’s parents want to share her story with the hope that someone being bullied or battling depression will hear it and take another route. They say there needs to be more awareness, because right now those topics are just swept under the rug. “When it comes to bullying, it’s a simple comment. It’s a simple, you’re fat. Zero tolerance means zero tolerance,” said Linsey’s dad, Danny Helfers. “I know you are kids, but think before you say something. It’s more than just words. It lasts forever for us now, it’s the rest of our lives.” “She made people happy and laugh and kept everything she was hurting inside and she couldn’t deal with it anymore,” said Lindsey’s mom Linda Helers.
Experts at the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria say more than 160,000 students don’t want to go to school each day because they are afraid of being bullied. The director of prevention services, Marcia Bolden says there are signs to watch out for if you think someone is being bullied. Those include being withdrawn, having a hard time focusing and not eating. Research shows that depression can be an outcome of bullying and experts say reporting it is key to stopping the cycle. “I want to speak to those bystanders, those individuals that are also generally present,” said Bolden. “Speak up, be a voice for that person that has experienced the bullying. You could save someone’s life.”
Visitation for Lindsey is Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Her funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. Both are at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin.
If you suspect someone is being bullied or is battling depression you can get help by calling the Center for Prevention of Abuse at (309) 691-0551
PEORIA, Ill. — Child deaths caused by Abuse and Neglect hit a 30 year high last year, according to the Illinois Department of Children and family services.
But there’s a local organization stepping up to help those children.
The Pediatric Resource Center in Peoria sees an increase in Child Abuse cases every year, both Physical and Sexual Abuse. Already in 2014, they have 10 percent more cases than last year.
“It’s hard for our case coordinators to keep up, it’s hard for the medical staff to keep up. We’re seeing difficulty with DCFS and law enforcement, for them to keep up as well,” said Dr. Channing Petrak, the Medical Director for the Pediatric Resource Center.
When a Ahild Abuse case is reported and a referral is made to the Pediatric Resource Center, the child is given a complete physical, a head to toe exam and any necessary tests. Then that child’s full medical history is reviewed.
“We need to make sure that the child doesn’t have injuries that are unnoticed and that they have testing done for infections that might be unnoticed as well, for their long-term health,” Dr. Petrak said. “It’s also important for the child to know that they’re healthy and they’re okay. That’s very important for the child.”
Officials say the high numbers don’t necessarily mean there are more cases of abuse, it could also mean more people are recognizing the signs of an abused child.
“As the numbers are increasing, we are hopeful that the number of cases that are unreported is decreasing,” said the President of the Pediatric Resource Center Community Advisory Board, Kathy Miller.
The center is funded entirely through grants and private donors. And with the increase in cases means the center needs additional staff to handle it.
“Child abuse is hard to talk about, it’s hard to even think about,” Miller said. “But I believe every child deserves a life that is safe from Physical and Sexual Abuse.”
The Pediatric Resource Center’s “Harvesting Hope” fall fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 25 at the the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria. The event includes live music and a live and silent auction.
The New York Times
By WINNIE HU and J. DAVID GOODMAN OCT. 20, 2014
Officers responding to 911 calls found a 3-year-old girl dying, her 5-year-old brother beaten and Mr. Smith on the run. The motive for the killing provided another shock: the rage that ended in the death of the girl, Jeida Torres, was prompted by little more than a pair of soiled pants, investigators theorize.
Mr. Smith, 20, was arrested hours after Jeida’s death at an aunt’s house in Queens, where relatives said he slit his wrists, apparently in a suicide attempt. He will face second-degree murder and other charges, said Kenneth P. Thompson, the Brooklyn district attorney. The girl’s death was ruled a homicide on Monday by the medical examiner’s office, citing the cause of death as “blunt impact injuries of head and torso.” The police said there had been no previous calls about domestic violence at the second-floor apartment, where the recently married couple had been living since July, or calls related to Ms. Torres and her children. A spokesman for the Administration for Children’s Services declined to comment on any previous involvement with the family.
The 5-year-old boy, Andrew, may have sought to intervene on behalf of his sister before being struck himself, officials said. He remained hospitalized at Wyckoff Hospital on Sunday.
Still, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that his administration was doing an internal investigation of the city’s procedures and reviewing domestic violence and child safety in shelters as officials sought to understand what happened, and to prevent it from happening again. “We are all deeply saddened by the senseless death of an innocent child, and we are all responsible for our children’s safety,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement. “We must find out what went wrong and what we could have done differently to avoid this terrible outcome.”
Camille Rivera, a deputy commissioner for the Department of Homeless Services, said the agency would take immediate steps, including reviewing intake procedures to get more information about any domestic violence and child abuse histories, and reviewing tools to assess and better understand family dynamics and any potential safety threats to children or caretakers.
Something different today, we would like to know how you feel about Our new website…. OK, I am a bit scattered, I lookup from (uh-ohhhh, why are they both standing in front of me, and why are they both stareing at me) MY NOTEBOOK!!!! OK, all clear. That was Lia and Aida, the StrongBow Women; bearing gifts in the form of a thermometer, a cool wet cloth, some kind of pills, a snack, and 500 questions.
I had mostly intended this for Our Circle, on our Google+ Page NOT IN MY WORLD!!!!, and thought I had made reference to the Comment Guidelines page and the About Our World page, since I thought this post was published about 7 hours ago. Sometimes waking up feeling a bit scattered is not such a bad thing if you just happen to remember that you have forgotten to do something REALLY IMPORTANT…. like introduce yourself to the WordPress Community
I am Blackhorn33, Administrator of NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! and the Google+ page of the same name. I remember hearing some reference to “your own little world” or “yall’s own little world” for a good part of my life, and I never had to give it any consideration because the storm was here, and Dr Frankenstein(Frank) stood ready to attach the leads to the electrodes. “Say When Dr Frankenstein”(Dr Frankenstein Frank shouting across the laboratory to Dr Frankenstein Blackhorn33), and with a nod I said “WHEN”, and just as a Woman screamed in the audience, someone backstage hollered out “IT’S ALIVE”!!!!
I didn’t have to look to validate what I knew already; for in the length of a nanosecond, all the weight in the world had been lifted from our shoulders. All of our hopes and dreams was reality and complete, and the Child Abuse and Indifference that followed with us from our youth, fled from it’s presence.
All I have left to say could take a lifetime, because it took a lifetime to see this day. The people I owe, and will leave this world oweing, don’t go by no fancy rough-tough names like “The Wild Bunch” nor “The Hole-In-The-Wall Gang”. Although a major part of them have traveled many miles, many times, out of Our Country, to places all over the world, even under water close to The North Pole in a submarine, all the while prepared to give their lives to keep US A FREE NATION. We got a couple of CowBoys, a couple of CEOs, several very good Attorneys, one we call Medic, a Rabbit who takes care of us all, a Foster Parent who retired protecting us, an old friend who became a Ferrier one time who just came back into Our Life, Together We Heal, and many more I will mention later. We Call Ourselves OUR CIRCLE, but without MY 2 GOLDHEARTS this point in time would be very different. Thank You J. L. and Lynda