- In 2017, there were nearly 1.36 million homeless children attending our schools, 100,000 more than the year before. Moreover, only about 64% of them graduate from high school, almost 20% less than the average graduation rate for all students.
- Research published by the American Psychological Association found that the number of 12- to 17-year-olds who reported experiencing a major depressive event in the preceding 12 months increased 52% between 2005 and 2017.
Plus, there was a 71% jump in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds who’d experienced “serious psychological distress” in the previous 30 days between 2008 to 2017, and those dealing with suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes in the previous 30 days rose by 47%.
One reason given by experts: social media and the impact it’s having on our young people.
- Recently, Indiana elementary school teachers participated in active-shooter” training, whereby they had to kneel, face a classroom wall, and be shot at with plastic bullets by local law enforcement, leaving them covered in bruises and welts. They were terrified and screamed throughout the ordeal.
- Also in the name of school safety: In just the first 6 months since last year’s Parkland shooting, 26 state legislatures have set aside almost $950 million for security upgrades and resource officers. Unfortunately and usually, such personnel are reportedly untrained to work with kids and schools, receive little decision-making guidance, and so on. Plus, their presence reportedly does little or nothing to reduce risk.
- And when it comes to drugs: The nation’s first supervised drug injection site is in the works for Kensington, a Philadelphia neighborhood, say officials from the non-profit Safehouse The organization is currently in negotiations to make this a reality.
- And finally, despite all the hype and headlines, the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Nora Volkow says that, not only is there no evidence that marijuana weans people off opioids, but that it might actually rob addicts of a chance at recovery. As she explains: “If you don’t treat it properly, your risk of dying is quite high.”