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Domestic violence scares me and
gives me the shakes. But I heard and got a story that scared me most. It scared
me most because an older man abused this girl as a teen because she thought it
would be better for her. This heart to heart story really harmed me, because that’s
like me getting abused.
A young girl named Linda at the age of 18 her life became hell. She met what she thought was a wonderful man. He was one of the bosses from her job. He was so kind to her at first. They started out passionate and loving, having a great time together, and it was wonderful. Until 2.5 months later she became pregnant, and she didn't want any more kids she already had one before she met him. She told him she was getting an abortion, that same day he told her to stay home from work. He got her fired from their job and for the first time he wacked her right across the face for saying “I’m leaving you”. Then after he told her “to stop crying, and suck it up we going to go shopping”. She listened since he was 31 and she was 18, ever since that day the hitting became brutal beatings. Even though she was pregnant he didn’t care, he told her “if she was a good girl, he would have to discipline her so much, she hated hearing that. She had her daughter, she thought the child would make everything right but she was wrong. It got worst kind of, he kept her from her friends, and you can see the bruises and scars. 2 years later she was pregnant again, she couldn’t get rid of it because she didn’t want to upset him. She wanted to die, she felt her life didn’t matter but the kids were her everything, and she couldn’t leave them. He was kind of nice with this pregnancy she had twins. So now she got 4 kids, and 3, which is his, she doesn’t want any more kids so she got a tubal ligation. She was ready to leave and then she was pregnant again, she was that 1% that could get pregnant. So she stayed for 1-½ years and then left, she left her 4 kids behind and took the oldest one with her. She took him because he was hers not his child. She started a new life became a stripper to support her and her child. Then she met a new man, he promised not to hit her. He didn’t for 1½ years, she stayed with him because she thought it was a one-time thing. It happened again because she went out partying on a Friday with her friends, she told her son o go get the neighbors and he saved her life. Then after that her friend got her with a handsome man and she promised he wasn’t the hitting type. She lied, he hit her all the time, but she stayed with him for 6 ½ years. She left him, and met up with him again he tried to kill her she finally tried to fight back. From there her life became better, she got trust issues but now he life is better.
This girl was a great example, young and her life became hell at the age of 18. It may seem like domestic violence is the way relationships suppose to be once you are in one but it is not. Domestic violence makes the rest of your life hurt, and all you can do it cry. As you can see sometimes kids, or something can keep you in the relationship. But you have to have a plan to get out or the rest of your life will be Love, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Domestic Violence!
In order to get some inside information about how people feel about these budget cuts and what are they exactly to some schools, I interviewed a student and teacher from my school (SLA).
The teacher that I choose to interview was English teacher Alexa Dunn. I ask her questions about how the budget cuts effect her lesson plans for upcoming year and she feels she will handle the situations. She stated “My lessons won’t be affected, but I might have to cut down on my use of paper next year since our supplies budget was cut from $80,000 to $30,000 ( a $50K loss) and this means we will all have to learn to do without the same quantity of supplies.” Also while saying that she would put other supplies such as books or films on DonorsChoose.org to see if these things can be funded. I believe a teacher should not have to go through the trouble to search for supplies he or she to use to teach the adults of the future that the world will someday have to depend on. Another question I asked her was, “What are the procedures or plans for cuts that you know that will be taking place at SLA.” She responded to this by talking about the lay offs of Staff members such as Jon Amsterdam and Josh Newman. Also the lays off Jeremy and Luke even though their were grants secured to fund their salary of next year. Which will not be paid by the school district. This is devastating to me because these are real people who need their jobs to survive in life.
The student I choose to conduct a interview with was Sarena Shuman 9th grader at Science Leadership Academy. I ask her two questions which were about how aware was she about the budget cuts and also how do they make her feel toward the government. She says that she very aware of the budget cuts especially since she is a athlete and has to keep informed about cuts to sports. She also say that by these cuts they are giving Philadelphia less of a chance to succeed.
The student I choose to conduct a interview with
was Sarena Shuman 9th grader at Science Leadership Academy. I ask her two questions which were about how aware was she about
the budget cuts and also how do they make her feel toward the government. She
says that she very aware of the budget cuts especially since she is a athlete
and has to keep informed about cuts to sports. She also say that by these cuts
they are giving Philadelphia less
of a chance to
To me i have the same overall feelings as Sarena about this conflict and i believe they can find less important things with in the city to make cuts on other than education.
1.How will the budget effect your personal lesson plans for next year. Dunn: My lessons won’t be affected, but I might have to cut down on my use of paper next year since our supplies budget was cut from $80,000 to $30,000 ( a $50K loss) and this means we will all have to learn to do without the same quantity of supplies. Maybe I’ll become more into technology and grade just on the electronically submitted work. Any other supplies I need (additional books, texts, films, etc) I will put up as fundraising proposals on Donors Choose.org to see if I can get these things funded and won’t need to lean on school funds.
2.What are the procedures or plans for cuts that you know that will be taking place at SLA.
Dunn: We have to let go of 2 faculty/staff members (Jon Amsterdam and Josh Newman). We had to lay off Jeremy and Luke but we just secured grant funding for next year to bring them back and be able to pay them (but their salary doesn’t come from the district). The supplies budget will be cut the most, along with money for student activities, trips, and extracurricular activities..
1.How aware are you of budget cuts and what they hold.
Sarena: I’m pretty aware, I do sports so it effects me in a big way i read up on it as much as possible
2.Do you feel about the decision of the government to make budget cuts.
Sarena: I feel like they not giving Philadelphia children a chance, as we need as many as possible. Government not think about the future these are the future citizens and mayors lawyers, but they not giving us kids a chance
Democracy is hard thing to stand up for when the consequences are so dire. Let's take North Korea for instance, Kim Jong il tries to keep the governmental conduct of North Korea secretive, but reports have shown that people have been publicly executed, sent to a labor camp, or put in prison. All of this for standing up for a better way of life. Statistically , the US estimates that approx. 150,000 Koreans are in work camps, most for crimes of treachery. (Standing up against dictatorship.) Il is the Supreme leader of the Korean People’s Army, the Chairman of the National Defense Commission and the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (the nation’s ruling party since 1949). No one can make decisions unless he's involved, therefore, everyone is walking on eggshells. People in /North Korea have been so Brain washed and fear stricken, that they believe that Kim Jong-Il and his father Kim II-Sung created the earth and can control its weather.
Let's move southward. In Zimbabwe, Africa, Robert Mugabe is the dictator. there is a 70% unemployment rate, people are persecuted with death for being homosexual. Out of a population of 12 million, 6 million rely on food aid, which doesn't always arrive. The Government will kill anyone who does not pay taxes, when they don't use the money for the right thing. They pocket it all leaving these people to suffer.
Are you seeing my point now? If not I have another region to cover. Let's go to Libya. Muammar al-Gaddafi is the dictator. He publicly broadcasts the execution of people. He leads a harsh grip over daily Libyan life. He censors Every newspaper and puts propaganda around. Just recently, people protested, they wanted Democracy. Gaddafi sent his troops to kill the protesters and even bombed a few areas. bombed. These are inhumane crimes how do we sit by and do nothing when people are suffering because they want to be free? I don't plan to do nothing I will blog about these injustices and keep people aware about the governmental position of people around the world.
The first way I said you could help was to find a donations website. There are tons of donation websites available. Some will be listed below. It doesn’t matter how much money you donate because every dollar counts.
Another way you can help is to send your unwanted furniture, toys, and beds, anything really. There are some websites that will give you addresses to homes to send your unwanted items to or they will give you addresses to big organizations that will divide the items into groups to send to different places.
The last suggestion I have is to go there yourself. People everyday go to Japan just to help rebuild houses. It is estimated that 215,000 people have lost their homes and are in shelters right now. Just like how people went to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina. Every person can make a difference.
Hopefully by now you realize all of the tings you can do in order to make Japan the way it was before the earthquake. Even president Barack Obama has said that he will do everything he can in order to help Japan. Below I have made a list of websites you can go to in order to help.
Care package website:
Hello again and welcome to blog three. After a ton of research I found that the leading cause of animal abuse is neglect. 32.4% of animals are actually neglected as opposed to the 5.6% that are actually beaten. Not all abuse is intentional most people forget that they have a pet or can’t afford to take it with them when they move. The animal is forgotten and left to die. Some people think they have left good conditions for their pets and go on vacation, and then they come home to find out that they didn’t leave enough food or water and the pet was neglected. So really not all animal abuse is intentional. Most just don’t realize what they are doing.
This will be my last post so good-bye! Thanks for reading!
Illegal, Illegal - punishable, up to 2 years in prison, Illegal - punishable, up to 2 years in prison to death penalty, Illegal - punishable by death, Illegal – punishable by expulsions from country, Men illegal/Female legal, and Legal. These are the words you will see when you look at the homosexual policies for different countries. These names are just from the 'Same Sex Sexual Activity' column. Some people can't even openly say they are homosexual because they will either die or go to jail. Homosexuals can't travel to some places because they are going to be put in jail. No wonder why homosexuals have to hide who they are.
What does this mean for other homosexuals in other countries? If teens are being bullying to death just because the religious groups are saying this wrong, but in other countries it is illegal, what happens to them? What are their stories? Do they even get bullied or do they just get killed? What are the emotions they feel when they realize they are homosexual but where they live it is illegal? The teens must receive hell in these places like Afghanistan, Barbados, Somaliland, or Sudan.
We need change, I may just be on teenager at Science Leadership academy, but I know we need to change. Teens are the future; these teens that are attempting suicides could’ve been something special. How would we know though? We wouldn’t, but we can find out. Maybe if people realized that homosexuals are regular people then we can change the world. It may take time, but it would be better for everybody. I WANT to change this. WE NEED TO CHANGE THIS. Next time, you see a teenage being bullied for their sexual orientation, help them, defend them, or tell a teacher. Be a friend.
Do you receive a trans pass from the school district, in order to get to and from school? Well, until today there was a chance that that could have been cut from the budget. Thankfully SEPTA released a statement saying that it will continue to bargain with the school district of Philadelphia. This relieves many parents and students of the stress of finding out how to take their child to school, or finding out how to pay for the public transportation.
I know it sounds easy to pay the 2 dollars for a normal bus to school, but most people don't realize that some people have to take the trolley or multiple buses. This can turn out to be very costly if you are taking 3 buses to get to school in the morning and 3 buses to get back home at night. Then you will have to do that 180 days. This all adds up to a grand total of $2160. This is way out of the realm of possibility for some families. This money could be put toward furthering a students education, like college but instead these families might not be able to afford to send their child to school everyday of the week. This could increase the drop out rate and again increase the incarceration rate because the students will have to find a way to make money for school, but won't be able to get a job because of their current education status.