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That’s Not It: School Suggests 13 Year Old Gets Breast Reduction To Stop Harrassment At School

January 23rd, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Middle school can be a tough time for any child but school administrators are supposed to be there to step in, in case things get too far out of hand. But unfortunately, for Tammie Jackson and her 13 year old daughter that was not the case.

Tammie Jackson, of St Louis County, Missouri, said that her 13 year old daughter Gabrielle has been experiencing sexual harassment because of the size of her breasts. When Tammie called the school district to inform them of the issue, instead of looking into the issue, having a conversation with the students in question, they suggested that Tammie get her daughter a breast reduction.

Once the news hit, the school claimed they’re investigating the issue and were going to provide counseling for students who are undergoing bullying issues.

But still for Tammie, the initial response she received was inappropriate, “Talk with the kids. Let them know people’s bodies are changing, everybody is different, but God made us all great.”

A breast reduction, huh? At thirteen? As women, our bodies aren’t even done growing at thirteen. What legit surgeon would take her on as a patient? The suggestion is not only ridiculous, it’s unhealthy, both emotionally and physically if she were to decide to actually go through with it. I hope the school rectifies this situation but really it’s not all that surprising to me. After all, this is America where misogynist attitudes reign. This suggestion of getting a breast reduction is right along in the same vein with people, men and women alike, blaming involuntary sex victims.

How do you think the school should have handled this situation? If this were your daughter what would you have done at this very inappropriate, very insensitive suggestion?



Authorities Search For Clues in Baby Abandonment Case

January 10th, 2013 - By madamenoire
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From Eurthisnthat

There is a tragic story out of St. Louis, Missouri, that was thought to be a story of abandonment, but was really a homicide.

Ebony-Jackson Shelton, 30, was found stuffed in the trunk of her own car.  The last anyone heard from her, she was headed to her cousin’s home, but she never made it, according to St. Louis’ Fox 2 News.

The report includes a Facebook posting of a video of her newborn baby on his grandfather’s lap, spending quality time and her speaking to her new baby off camera telling him to talk to grandpa.

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So Tragic: Couple Sues Doctors For Decapitating Their Baby During Birth

October 15th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: NY Daily News

Warning: This is probably one of the most disturbing accounts of child birth that, hopefully, you’ll ever come across. Florrisant Patch news and Courthouse News (CN) Service are reporting the sad story of a Missouri couple who filed a 10-count complaint in St. Louis County Circuit Court regarding the death of their son during delivery. They claim that Drs. Gilbert Webb and Susan D. Moore with the Midwest Maternal & Fetal Medicine Services, LLC, Signature Medical Group Inc. coerced them to have a vaginal delivery, but when the doctor separated the baby’s head from the body during the process, he then pushed the body back into the mother and forced her to have a Cesarean section to cover up the mistake.

As CN reports it:

Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette say they went to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center on March 22, 2011, when Betts started experiencing preterm contractions, 28 weeks and five days into her pregnancy.

Dr. Susan Moore had observed weeks earlier that Betts would need a cesarean section because her baby had an unusually large abdomen, according to the complaint in St. Louis County Circuit Court. Betts says the medical team could not halt her contractions, and that her primary doctor, Gilbert Webb, refused to deliver the baby by cesarean section. Betts said Webb also refused to allow them to go to another hospital.

“Believing she had no other choice than to agree to a trial of vaginal delivery, plaintiff Arteisha Betts consented to a trial of vaginal delivery under duress and protest,” the complaint states.

“During the second stage of labor sometime before 10:34 p.m. on the evening of March 22, 2011, decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s head delivered, and decedent was at that time still alive. “During the second stage of labor sometime before 10:34 p.m. on the evening of March 22, 2011, after decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s head was delivered, decedent’s abdomen became stuck in the birth canal (a condition known as abdominal dystocia).

“Defendant Webb recognized that decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette was stuck on his mother’s birth canal, and he cut a generous 4th degree episiotomy into plaintiff Arteisha Betts perineum. “Despite cutting a generous 4th degree episiotomy into plaintiff Arteisha Betts’ perineum, and attempting McRoberts’ Maneuver, and delivering decedent’s posterior arm, and dislodging decedent’s anterior shoulder, decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s abdomen remained stuck in his mother’s birth canal due to his large abdominal circumference.” Betts and Ammonette say further complications arose when Webb tried to loosen the baby by applying traction to his head.

“Defendant Webb applied sufficient traction to the axilla and head of decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette during Webb’s attempt to deliver decedent vaginally that defendant Webb separated decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s head from his cervical spine,” the complaint states. “When defendant Webb separated decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s head from his cervical spine, decedent’s body was still inside Arteisha Betts’ birth canal. “When defendant Webb separated decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s head from his cervical spine, blood from the arteries and veins in decedent’s neck shot out, splattered and/or spilled out into the labor and delivery room in plain view of and in close proximity to plaintiffs Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette. “At the time that defendant Webb separated decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s head from his cervical spine, plaintiff Travis Ammonette was approximately 2 to 4 feet from his son’s head.”

Webb then “pushed” the baby’s “head and body back into plaintiff Arteisha Betts’ birth canal” and called for an emergency cesarean section, according to the complaint. “While personnel emergently moved plaintiff Arteisha Betts to an operating room while still on her labor and delivery bed, and before plaintiff Arteisha Betts was administered any anesthetic or anesthesia, defendant Webb began making the cesarean section incision into plaintiff Arteisha Betts’ abdomen, causing plaintiff Arteisha Betts significant physical pain and suffering,” the complaint states.

“During the course of the cesarean section, defendant Webb surgically and completely removed decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s head from his neck and torso.”

I can’t even imagine what a traumatic experience this was for the mother and father. To obtain some sort of justice out of this tragic situation, Betts and Ammonette are seeking punitive damages for wrongful death, medical negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress from the doctors involved and the Midwest Maternal Services group. Interestingly, the hospital where the incident occurred was not named in the suit. I hope they are properly compensated for the physically and emotionally disturbing ordeal they experienced. RIP to their son.

Phoenix Coldon: Cruel Hoax Costs Family Of Missing Woman Their Life Savings, Home

April 18th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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A promising lead about the whereabouts of Phoenix Coldon turned out to be a cruel hoax, causing the missing Missouri woman’s family additional pain, their entire life savings and their home.

“Unfortunately, we will now be losing our family home,” the missing woman’s mother, Goldia Coldon, told The Huffington Post. “We have tried to explain the situation to our mortgage company but they don’t care.”

A tip that led the family to Texas came from a man who claimed to know Coldon’s whereabouts and provided her family with very convincing details, Goldia Coldon said. The family already had invested much of their money to search for Phoenix, she said, but spent the remainder of their savings on private investigators to follow up on the lead. It was not until after the family’s money was gone that the man who provided the tip admitted he fabricated the story, Coldon said.

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Murder-Suicide Suspected in Death of Three Girls and Mother at Campground

March 19th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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On Saturday afternoon, a woman and three children were found dead at the Blue Springs Ranch campground in Bourbon, MO. Because the victims, Christine Adewunmi, 37, and her daughters Lauren, 8, Samantha, 6, and Kate, 3, were each shot once and a handgun was found nearby, police suspect the deaths are a case of murder-suicide.

When asked whether he believes the mother shot her children before turning the gun on herself, Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin said:

“We don’t know for sure, but it kind of appears it could be that way. But again the investigation is still kind of early.”

When the victims were found at the campground, authorities said it looked as though they had been there for hours. On Friday, Christine’s husband, Leonard Adewunmi, reported his wife and daughters missing around 6pm when he returned home from work to find them gone.

People who knew Christine had nothing but positive things to say about the stay-at home mom. Lisa Stemler, a neighbor of the Adwunmi’s, said she was “a very busy mom.”

“Those kids were her life, we all saw her as a very good mom,” she said.

She even saw Christine on Friday afternoon as she pulled out of her driveway. She said she waved to the mom in her yard, who looked pleasant as usual.

“That smile on her face…I have her face plastered in my mind.”

Despite saying the mom was very approachable and easy to talk to, the neighbor said she doesn’t know much about Christine’s husband. “I didn’t know him as well. None of us really saw him a whole lot.”

Authorities have declined to comment on murder-suicide suspicions since finding the victims on Saturday. Hopefully they get to the bottom of this sad case soon.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Police Suspect Connection Between Missing Women in Atlanta and St. Louis

January 9th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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A trick to throw investigators off of two missing women’s trails may actually serve as a link between the two cases. Twenty-three-year-old Phoenix Coldon was last seen in St. Louis Dec. 18 and just nine days later, Stacey Nicole English, a 36-year-old Atlanta woman was reported missing. Both victims’ cars were found with the engine still running, and in both cases, the investigation was slowed down because the cars the women were driving had been impounded. Neither police department realized that fact until several days into the investigations.

Given the similarities, the family of Phoenix Coldon is attempting to determine if their daughter is linked in any way to Stacey English. According to Atlanta Police Department public affairs manager Carlos Campos, investigators are “aware” of the Coldon case and “are planning to reach out to authorities in the St. Louis area as part of our investigation.

Nonprofit organization Black And Missing But Not Forgotten it is also keeping watch. “If the cases are connected, we are looking at a possible traveling serial kidnapper/killer and there could be more,” said Deidra Robey, the organization’s CEO and founder.

Phoenix was last seen by her mother in the driveway of their St. Louis County home at about 3 pm on Dec. 18.

“She was sitting in her vehicle,” her mother said. “She does that often. She’ll sit in the car and talk on the phone. That’s what I thought she was doing. When I looked out again, her vehicle was gone.”

Initially the mother thought her daughter had gone to the store, but when she didn’t return she filed a missing persons report.

Stacey Nicole English was last seen on or about Christmas day.  Her father, Rev. Kevin Jamison, told the Huffington Post on Wednesday that Robert Kirk, a resident of St. Louis, had been visiting with her, but the two allegedly got into an argument.

“The gentleman said they got into a dispute and she put him out of her house on Dec. 26 around 10:30 p.m.,” Jamison said. “That person has now gone back to Missouri.”

Families of both women say their disappearance is highly out of character and that they’ve felt out of the loop in the investigations, saying they don’t believe the police departments are doing all they can to find the women. The fact that Robert Kirk returned to the state where Phoenix was reported missing looks like a huge red flag but it’s unclear whether St. Louis police are interested in him. Campos says that Robert has not been named as a person of interest in Stacey English’s case but that the Atlanta Police Department would like to speak with him further.

At least the police are open to the possibility of a connection here, unlike the murdered women in Detroit. Do you think the coincidences in the cases are suspicious?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Missouri bans Teacher/Student Facebook Friendship

August 7th, 2011 - By Rashana A. Hooks
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Missouri takes a stand on teacher/student relationship outside of the classroom with a new state law that limits teachers contact with students on social networks.

The law births from investigations involving Missouri teachers who lost their licensees because of sexual misconduct, some of which involved exchanging explicit online messages with students.

The law takes effect Aug 28th and will require local school districts to create written policies that outline “appropriate use of electronic media such as text messaging and internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. Read full story here…

Are you in favor of this ban? Do you think teachers/students should even be “friends”?

Disaster Relief Reform Is Really About A Lack Of Compassion

June 3rd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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Federal disaster relief is “bad economics, bad morality and bad constitutional law.”

When I heard these words uttered by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), I was perplexed and taken aback by his marked indifference.    In essence, Rep. Paul and certain GOP lawmakers believe that there should be no federal funds for disaster relief.  Hence, if a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, wildfire or other “act of God” ravages a city like JoplinTuscaloosaNorthridge, or New Orleans, then the residents of those respective communities should be responsible for their own rebuilding efforts. Proponents who agree with this notion often adhere to the personal responsibility principle as the backdrop for their belief that disaster victims should help themselves in lieu of reaching into the wallets and bank accounts of their fellow taxpayers.

Rep. Paul’s sentiments were recently echoed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as he discussed his position relative to the residents of the almost-barren Joplin, Missouri. According to Cantor, “Congress should only pass an emergency spending bill to help Joplin’s victims if the proposed supplemental is offset by other budgetary cuts.”

I found Cantor’s statement to be very interesting and somewhat hypocritical from a congressional leader who has repeatedly voted for tax cuts for the rich and corporate welfare subsidies for Big Oil companies without any offsets.  In simpler terms, Cantor believes that big corporations and the rich can get assistance via funding and perks without any questions, but disaster victims should wait for Congress to eliminate spending elsewhere before they get any relief.

Similarly, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) also expressed his beliefs that federal disaster relief is unconstitutional.  Oddly enough, Lee recently requested help from FEMA to help with significant flooding in Utah.

Driving While Black Draws Missouri Police

June 3rd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(BET) — If you’re Black and driving in Missouri, you might want to be extra careful because African-American drivers are more likely to be stopped in the state, according to a new report.  The report, commissioned by Missouri’s attorney general’s office, showed that in 2010 a much larger proportion of African-American drivers were pulled over than drivers of other races. In fact, 61 percent more Black drivers were pulled over than would have been expected when looking at the state’s racial demographics of people who are of driving age.

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