'…child porn bust in Toronto…has led to the arrest of 341 people and rescue of 386 sexually abused children around the world…'
…what to make of the rise of child warriors in a culture desperate to keep children innocent? Neither bad seeds nor suffering victims, “The Walking Dead’s” Carl, “The Hunger Games’” Katniss, and now Ender Wiggin face death and win. They sometimes act violently in their own defense, and often do so without remorse. They are not innocent, but neither are they evil.
On Oct 4…Avonte Oquendo walked out of his school in Queens in the middle of the day. He’d first approached one exit, where a security guard, with a degree of diligence that will long be debated, asked him where he was going. He didn’t answer; he couldn’t. Avonte is severely autistic, and, at age fourteen, unable to speak or use language. The school was supposed to be watching him. But the guard…one way or the other didn’t stop him from then leaving through a side door. Anyone who’s seen him since is not telling.
Jimmy Greene had been a jazzman for most of his 38 years…He had dozens of albums…played with…Freddie Hubbard. He was a scholar, too, teaching jazz at…university…Greene’s 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene…was a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut…the day a gunman killed Ana along with 19 other children and 6 educators. “I don’t know if we’ll ever feel whole again,” Mr. Greene said of his family, Nelba Márquez-Greene, his wife, and their son, Isaiah, 9, who was also in the school that morning but was unharmed. “I still cry every day — we all do. I don’t know if there’s a day when we won’t.”
…there is something about being on a swing that offers the experience of pure joy and freedom. Swings can transform a mundane environment (like a bus shelter, abandoned alley, etc.) into an opportunity to play. This feeling is typically reserved for children, but architects, urbanists and artists are bringing swings to the city in creative, playful installations for everyone to enjoy.
more, at this tumblr.
art: photo by Guenter Flores
The whole situation with my son’s mental breakdown…came from juvenile hall…My son has never been withdrawn, not able to speak, not able to think. He couldn’t remember dates, times, places…My son continuously tells me, ‘Mom, I’m not crazy. I know I should be in school every day.’ But somehow with him being in juvenile hall, I just don’t see any hope.
whose full name is being withheld to further protect her son’s identity, said that after W.B. entered juvenile hall, located in a suburban Martinez, California neighborhood a few hundred feet from parks, a golf course, and several churches, his mental health deteriorated. While in solitary…W.B. was allowed just two thirty-minute breaks outside his cell each day—a practice that flies in the face of a 2006 court order requiring that 40 to 70 percent of a youth’s waking hours in custody be spent on constructive activities such as schooling.
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…while the camera pans across a series of scenes where such crimes take place, it doesn’t show any of the perpetrators or victims. Instead, Neeson’s voiceover fills in, describing the violence that occurred in each. It’s a deft and gripping way to deliver a hard-hitting message—shocking the audience into paying attention, without shutting it down by making the violence more overt.