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Wood County Schools struggling with truancy

January 29, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Last week the Associated Press reported Mercer County truancy rates plunged more than 80 percent since the school and judicial systems formed a partnership last yea....

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Jan-29-13 7:27 AM

I am not saying there aren't truancy problems....but maybe if those letters weren't sent to every child who happens to get sick for a week the numbers wouldn't be so high. In the past the number of parent letter excused absences for illness were raised in flu seasons that were particularly high as this year is. But noooo they won't do that. Sometimes a child is just sick and needs to be kept out several days to recuperate and to not infect others. But unless you are one of those parents who tylenol them up and send them anyway you get called out. They are supposed to stay out until they are fever free for 24 hours. They will tell you that but then watch the flack you get when you put that on a school excuse. They trump up when they send these letters out to look like they are doing something. Period. There are of course parents who just let their kids stay home and make excuses for them. They make it tough for everyone else.

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Jan-29-13 7:29 AM

I forgot to add that yes all Dr. excused days are fine. But sometimes a kid just needs rest and fluids and don't need to be taken into a Dr's office full of germs. But you almost have to take them to the Dr. for every little sneeze so they aren't considered truant.

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Jan-29-13 7:51 AM

I wonder how many of these kids who can't make it to school are on medication for behavior problems? I see a connection! Ever since people started giving children meds for being normal kids nothing good or posisitve has been the result. Test scores keep getting lower, more kids don't come to school, violence in schools keeps becoming a bigger problem...I really think we're headed in the wrong direction!

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Jan-29-13 8:33 AM

What connection, Janeeyre? You just said yourself that you wondered how many, if any, of the truant kids were prescribed medication, which means you don't know that number yourself. Bet you can't even estimate. So how then, would you see a "connection" between truancy and medication? Not to mention, to generalize and imply that all children are being medicated for just being "normal kids" shows, again, that you clearly don't know what you're talking about. While I'm sure there's a small percentage of parents who medicate their children for their own benefit (and they should be ashamed of themselves), the majority of the parents who've medicated their children for whatever their respective issues didn't jump at the first chance to do so. Why don't you actually try having a dialogue with someone whose child is medicated, whether it be for a mood disorder, ADHD, manifestations of autism, etc, and get some facts before you start spouting off like that.

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Jan-29-13 8:43 AM

As a mother of a special needs child, I want to thank you Mack76! You put into words my thoughts, exactly!!

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Jan-29-13 9:03 AM

MrAlex, Unfortunately, there is alot of truth in you're statement. There have always been families that pass down to children "the welfare life",but this president seems to encourage and promote it. It is so sad the direction our country is turning to. My parents and many others came here legally, to work and contribute to what it became, never asking for anything more then a chance to make a decent living, and children to grow up with pride. Educated, and responsible citizens need to stand-up, speak out, and get involved. This is the only way things will turn around. America's children need to regain the pride thats been lost, and hope for a better future.

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Jan-29-13 10:13 AM

Mack76. I have several friends in both Ohio and WV who teach in the public school system-and many friends with children and even when I was in college the student's who were moms with kids and I was shocked in each case to discover that the majority of the kids involved-especially in public schools-are on meds. Deny it all you want-but there is a connection between the downward trend our school test scores have taken, school violence and truency. The more I read about what's going on in our schools the more I believe that ADD ADHD Autism Bipolar disorder and Asperger's Disorder were only invented to sell medication to vulnerable, uninformed parents. So my opinions are based on fact-cold hard facts.

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Jan-29-13 10:16 AM

The sad part is the majority of the parent's I have met who put their kids on meds it was because a teacher at their day care center advised them to? Since when did day care providers become doctors or pharmacists?

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Jan-29-13 10:53 AM

Let's blame it on the kids that have been diagnosed by a medical physician with any of those disorders. Open your eyes and take a good look at our society. We have so many illegal drugs in our area that even our elementary students could get their. Yes, elementary students are experimenting with drugs. We have bath salts, ******e, huffing nitrous or a/c fluids, marijuana, cocaine, prescription pain meds all in our area and much more. Let us not forget about the underage consumption and binge drinking that used to be for college, but somehow has moved down to our middle school aged children. These are the meds that children are taking and why they turn out to be the way they are. This is why children are sleeping all day, not going to school, not getting a job, and growing into adults that expect everything to be handed to them. Wake up and open your eyes. This is a very big problem and a great reason why many do not attend school or even care to attend school.

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Jan-29-13 11:23 AM

Well, Janeeyre, any doctor worth his or her salt is not going to prescribe medication to a child because some daycare worker said it needed to be done. I have a child who has autism and a mood disorder, and I can tell you, these afflictions were not INVENTED by anyone, they are quite REAL. Autism has been around since the 1940s, ADHD was first recognized as a disorder in 1902...the list goes on and on. Not to mention, these years are before Big Pharma got control of our country and our legislators...and that's only two of the disorders you mentioned. As for uninformed, vulnerable parents, I can assure you that I am not one of those. Considering all the information available and the accessibility of this information today, there isn't ANY parent who should be uninformed if these terms are mentioned regarding their children. That's just laziness and bad parents making excuses if that's the tack they take.

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Jan-29-13 11:30 AM

And I'm not hear to deny anything, but I will say that the multitude of vaccinations that are required these days (and minimally tested) as well as the preservatives, toxins, growth hormones and other crap put in our food these days, can be correlated to the rise in mental disorders, social disorders, allergies, early puberty, etc seen in our kids today. When food was farm to table, the incidences of these things occurred, but not with the numbers today. Vaccines only started to be required in the 1940s and 1950s... don't you think that the result of these vaccines would manifest at some point? And it the future generations. Not being a parent yourself, you wouldn't know the plethora of vaccinations that are required today, nor do you have to worry about how the injections that my kids are required to take might affect THEIR kids.

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Jan-29-13 11:31 AM


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Jan-29-13 11:33 AM

Anyway, before you start saying that these disorders have been invented, maybe you should take a look at the pharmacological, vaccine, and nutrition trend history of our country as a whole and think about how those things would absolutely have an affect on the human body, and generations of offspring from that body. We're essentially lab rats, all of us.

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Jan-29-13 12:00 PM

I have a "new" idea. How about we actually hold the parents accountable? Take money out of their welfare check if their child is truant. The parents only responsibility is to get the child to school and many can't even do that.

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Jan-29-13 12:51 PM

It should come as no suprise that our truancy count has risen. A lot of parents today don't pay the attention to their children the way they should. When they act up, they automatically think something is wrong with them. Now there are plenty of kids who do have issues but most just need their butts smacked and made to listen and also have parents who actually pay attention to what they are doing and who they are doing it with.

I also firmly believe that doctors suggest unnecessary medications and diagnoses because that is how they make a living. Ask your doctor next time what medicine he is "trying" from his drug representative. You will probably be surprised to find out how many.

And not to point fingers, but you will often find that most troubled kids are in the welfare system or from single parents or even better yet, both parents work so much, they neglect their children, not physically, mentally. Kids need to know boundries.

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Jan-29-13 1:55 PM

THANK YOU DisturbedAgain! I totally agree with everything you stated! We live in a culture where mothering has been replaced by medicating. When people on welfare have kids with "special needs" they get a bump in their welfare check-and some "job security" that as long as their kids are on meds-wheither they need them or not-their gravy train will stay on track! Also parents should ask their doctors if they own stock in any pharmaceutical companies and if they get kick backs for pushing-I mean-perscribing that patients "try" a new medication on their kids. When will people learn medications do not in any way cure behavior/emotional problems. They only treat the symptoms by dulling the senses. Doesn't sond like much of a solution to me....

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Jan-29-13 4:01 PM

This coming out,after school was cancelled 2 days for 2" of snow or the late day "predicted" snow.Couldn't have school Friday because snow was coming,which didn't actually start til almost noon.BUT,come Fri night the wrestling still tourney went on..If school's cancelled then why not sports?Might have to have to do with $7 admission they raked in.

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Jan-29-13 6:24 PM

I know of a family with several kids and only the very youngest go to school, or Headstart, probably just for the babysitting aspect of it. The older ones never go to school and are usually home alone. I doubt the BOE even knows they're in the county. And that's not even half of it.

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Jan-29-13 8:00 PM

Mr. Alex, the more I read your comments, in particular, the more totally rediculous you sound! I think the kids you speak of comes from ignorant and disrepectful people like you. No wonder we have so many kids who are uneducated and just plain rude with adults like you spewing your hate. You are pathetic!

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Jan-30-13 2:10 AM

I remember seeing a desk at a local elementary covered with 70 little cups. I asked the nurse if it was some vaccination or something - she said no just Ritalin. 70 out of 300 kids??? The teachers do tell parents their kids need it - makes it easier for the teacher I guess. Tried to get my kid on it - NO WAY - he is fine. Has his masters degree in Computer Science. He was just bored as they were learning abc's and he knew how to read. What would have been the outcome had I doped him up all those years? Saw a kid going down the street once, hands curled up, walking on his toes. I asked some other children what was wrong with him - they said nothing - his mom just gave him 'extra' ritalin so he wouldn't bother her!

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Jan-30-13 2:12 AM

Knew of a neighbor, bragged about being on welfare for 13 years. She had her son's IQ tested (more money the lower it is). She wanted them to test him again - she swore he wasn't that smart??? Most people want their children to do well - but I guess not if they are just a paycheck.

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Jan-30-13 8:49 AM

Let me assure you that there are plenty of parents who have children with special needs who don't run right out to swipe up "free" cash for them. I am one of them. My middle son is living with autism and a mood disorder. He was also born 5 weeks preemie, with developmental delays, and has heart and intestinal conditions. My youngest son was born preemie, has developmental delays, and heart and kidney conditions. Never once have I applied for or received any sort of payment for their conditions. We have instead relied on various sorts of therapies: occupational, physical, cognitive, and speech. My middle son is on medication, and the naysayers can say what they like, but it is effective and needed. I know about the parents of which you all are speaking; my neighbor is one of those parents. All I ask is that you all consider that maybe, JUST MAYBE, not all parents who have children with legitimate afflictions who resort to medication because that's the best choice...

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Jan-30-13 8:51 AM

(cont'd) in conjunction with other approaches, are just doping their kids up so they don't have to deal with them. For many of us, it is quite the opposite, and medication is usually not the only aid we have in place for that child. On another note... I thought this article was about truancy.

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Jan-30-13 9:03 AM

Surely wasn't meaning you Mack, I hope your child does well, with you as a parent I am sure they will achieve their potential. My point was some do NOT care about their children. They dope them up to shut them up - do you really think people like that care if they get educated? They know that if they are too smart it would keep them from getting help in the future. It makes me sick.

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Jan-30-13 9:08 AM

BakerKat-you speak the truth!

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