Trauma, LGBT struggles discussed

first_imgLocal News WhatsApp Student Health Advisory CouncilTrauma informed schools and an overview of the struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students were discussed at an Ector County Independent School District Student Health Advisory Council meeting Thursday.According to information presented by Executive Director of Guidance and Counseling Nancy Vanley, any experience that leaves a person feeling hopeless, helpless, fearing for their life or survival, their safety, or the life, safety or survival of a loved one is a trauma.Vanley said the experiences can be real or perceived. Some examples of trauma are neglect, physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, natural disaster and incarceration of a loved one.She said she would like to have more people trained to recognize students who have experienced trauma and be able to teach students coping skills.Untreated trauma can lead to a variety of academic impacts such as lower GPA, decreased reading ability, learning deficiencies, increased school absences and dropout rate and increased suspensions and expulsions.But, Vanley’s presentation said trauma informed schools focused on social and emotional learning increases performance on standardized tests and grades, leads to improved school climate and other benefits.Director of Nursing Services Laura Mathew talked about some of the insights gathered from high school students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In material distributed to SHAC members, it says students said their main difficulties resulted from telling their parents they were LGBT. Parents often don’t know how to respond and some condemn their behavior denying them the support they need, her report said.“Students described feeling more supported at school than at home at times. Their main support came from other students who would simply allow them to talk and who would listen and accept them no matter what they said,” the report said.SHAC members voted to ask that ECISD staff view a video training on treating LGBT students respectfully. The request would be for the 2018 school year. WhatsApp Trauma, LGBT struggles discussed Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter By admin – January 13, 2018 Previous articleCatholic high school opening pushed backNext articlePlastic surgeon grafts fat adminlast_img read more

AG targets pot group

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill has filed court documents to shut down the First Church of Cannabis. The Indianapolis-based group formed in 2015 claiming the right to smoke pot was a religious liberty.“This case is a story of a political crusade turned legal stunt,” Attorney General Hill said. “RFRA was never intended to protect illegal conduct masquerading as religious faith. Even if this were a bona fide religion in which the plaintiffs sincerely believed, the state’s compelling interest in protecting public health and safety from the dangers of drug abuse would override the plaintiffs’ desire to treat marijuana as some kind of sacrament.”In July of this year the “church” celebrated a two-year anniversary and only 11 “worshippers” attended. Unconfirmed reports suggest the organization is struggling financially and might fold soon. The group operates from a building at 3400 South Rural Street.last_img read more

Azeez Wins 49th Asoju Oba Cup

first_imgAfter winning several titles at cadet and junior categories, Jamiu Azeez added the men’s singles title to his laurels after emerging winner at the 49th Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup.Also, Bose Odusanya easily retained the women’s singles diadem after beating Alimot Ayinla 4-0 in the final. Azeez, a semifinalist in 2015 dominated David Fayele in what could be described as a drab encounter to emerge victorious above the Union Bank Sports Club Fayele.The fans at the venue were disappointed with Fayele’s display as the final failed to live up to expectation with Azeez thrashing the left-hand Fayele 4-0 to emerge as the new champion of the oldest sporting competition in Nigeria.An excited Azeez said he was happy winning the title after several efforts at the biggest title. “I am so happy that my dream of being part of the winner of the prestigious competition came to pass.. I have been featuring in this competition as a cadet player and I also took part in the junior event which I had won several times. But I have never won the senior title as I came close to the title in 2015 but I was edged out in the semifinal stage. Now my dream has come true and I could say that it was a bit easier for me to claim the title,” he said.Like Azeez, Odusanya whitewashed Ayinla 4-0 to retain her title in the women’s singles.For the chairman of the grand finale, Oba Otudeko, the family of late Molade Okoya-Thomas should be commended for keeping faith with the tournament even after the demise of the initiator. “I must commend the children of Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas for upholding the ideal of their late father by ensuring that the tournament continues three years after the exit of their father. Sports is a unifying factor in Nigeria and table tennis is not an exception. I hope and believe we can get more superstars from this competition after the likes of Atanda Musa, Bose Kaffo and Funke Oshonaike came through it,” Otudeko said.Over 336 players are competing in the cadet, junior and senior events of the tournament with 138 senior, 134 junior and 74 cadet players jostled for honours in the 22 titles at stake.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more