Thursday, February 5, 2015

Measles Outbreak at the Happiest Place on Earth
In December, 40 people caught a highly contagious disease, the MEASLES. The disease has now spread to at least 6 other states due to the people who contracted the disease at Disneyland. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that starts by a virus. People can become infectious when an infected person sneezes or coughs. The virus is shot in the air and other people breathe the virus in. The early symptoms is: runny nose, fever, red eyes, cough, and sore throat. Later on, rashes will appear and spread all over the body. To prevent getting the measles, get the vaccination for this disease.  

The picture to the left shows the amount of people infected in each state. (picture from the article in NY times)
A picture of a boy infected with Measles

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Charlie Hebdo
Imagine sitting in your office for the french magazine called Charlie Hebdo. A meeting is occurring, you're sharing your thoughts, opinions, and ideas. A man with a mask walks in, dressed in all black with a gun pointing straight at you and your co-workers. You can only think the worst, you're going to get killed. First, the gunman shoots your fellow friend that edits the paper. Then 2 of your co-workers. You're next. All thats going through your mind is why is this happening? The bullet is coming towards you as you take one last breath.

“This is a terrorist attack, there is no doubt about it." said the president, Fran├žois Hollande. at least 12 people are dead after three hooded gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs attacked the headquarters of a French satirical magazine and opened fire on journalists and police guards. The death toll includes 10 journalists and two police officers. The website stated these facts.

The victims who were killed to a stand for their career. Charlie Hebdo has the right to the freedom of speech. They were allowed to create cartoons, but it still upset the gunmen. Does this mean freedom of speech can result in your death?

In conclusion, Charlie Hebdo produced a cartoon angering some viewers. Two of the viewers decided to make a statement and say that the cartoon was making fun of people. Some people are with the attack and some people are against it. But the first amendment states everyone has the freedom of speech. How do you feel about the attack? Do you think Charlie Hebdo had the right to create a cartoon that is making fun of people?

School Injuries 
Picture this, Lacey and her classmates walking down the flight of stairs in P.E class. As she got to the bottom of the staircase she decided to plunge into the air. Lacey looks back and screams "I CAN SWIM." Everybody's eyes are glued on Lacey as gravity pulled her down to the ground. Lacey landed on her feet, but then fell to the ground. Everyone was laughing, until Lacey got up and realized she really hurt herself. Lacey went up to the office and was sent home.

Have you ever wondered how many students get injured? Well, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, more than 60,000 students are hurt each year all across the country during gym class activities. This graph shows that more students get hurt by falling to the surface than getting injured by equipment or sharp edges. Each year, an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and under sustain a school-related injury.

Many students get injured at school, like in this case, Lacey fractured her ankle. At first school grounds seemed to be safe, but now students get hurt from just jumping in the air. Students sprain, fracture, and even break bones at school. Their recovery takes a few weeks and it isn't healthy for the youths body.

All in all, students are prone to get hurt, even if they just trip and fall. But to be safer, try not to jump to high in the air and have a dangerous landing like Lacey. Have you ever had an injury that affected the way you do things?