Oct 3, 2018, Fox31, Denver: Classes canceled for one day following Arapahoe HS student suicides https://kdvr.com/2018/10/03/classes-canceled-for-one-day-following-arapahoe-hs-student-suicides/ CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The Arapahoe High School community in Centennial is coping with two recent suicides of students. The question is why did this happen and could more be done to prevent this from happening? … Classes at the school were canceled on Wednesday. Students were instead allowed to go to the school for support. The latest deaths involve students at the school which was also the scene of a shooting in 2013. … One parent who asked not to be identified says something has to be done to help students. "This is wrong. We have now had seven suicides at the school. We’ve had a shooting at the school and I blame the administration for not taking a more proactive stand were children -- including children that I know -- have asked for it (help) and it makes me sad and it makes me so sad for these families that are going though this and it is unacceptable. It is just unacceptable." …
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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