More than 1 in 4 girls reported they seriously considered attempting suicide in 2021, up significantly from 2011. More than 1 in 10 girls reported they attempted suicide in 2021, also increasing significantly over the decade. Alcohol use is also higher among girls than boys.
While the primary goal of schools is academic learning, they also play a critical role in shaping mental, physical, and social growth. More than 95% of children and adolescents in the U.S. spend much of their daily lives in school, providing a considerable opportunity to foster the knowledge, skills and support needed to help prevent and reduce the negative impact of violence and other trauma and improve mental health. CDC has identified and supports a range of evidence-based activities that can make a profound difference in the lives of teens with a relatively small infusion of support to our schools.
Supporting schools in efforts to reverse these negative trends and ensure that youth have the support they need to be healthy and thrive will take time, partnership, and resources. Supporting schools in efforts to reverse these negative trends and ensure that youth have the support they need to be healthy and thrive will require partnership. The following actions can help ensure success.
Burundi's education ministry on Friday reversed a month-old policy under which pregnant teens and young mothers, as well as the boys who made them pregnant, no longer had the right to be part of the formal education system.
\"Burundi's u-turn on its recent ban against pregnant students and teenage mothers who are in school is welcome,\" said Elin Martinez, child rights researcher with Human Rights Watch, calling the ban \"highly damaging\" to thousands of students.
\"The government should take this opportunity to develop a sound policy that fully supports teenage mothers to return to school, whilst ensuring it adequately tackles the root causes of teenage pregnancies.\"
Forty percent of victims of physical or sexual violence are teenage girls in Burundi. About 11% of girls aged 15-19 are sexually active, while 7% have had at least one child, says the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The ministry then issued a statement on July 27 saying all schools would after all take girls who are victims of unintended pregnancies, and boys who made them pregnant. Government officials did not give a reason for the reversal.
The arrest of a 13-year-old girl who allegedly lured other teens to dance and perform sexual acts for money at a Dallas nightclub has focused a spotlight on the widespread problem of teen prostitution and the challenge it presents law enforcement.
Dallas police have made going after the adults behind teenage prostitution a priority. It's an approach that Williams says is more complicated for law enforcement and prosecutors, but a more effective approach to a problem facing cities across the country.
While the program revealed a more widespread problem than first perceived, authorities also were faced with a challenge of responding appropriately -- a response that Williams said typically means treating the teenage girls as victims rather than offenders.
The findings were particularly alarming, according to lead researcher Jessica Edwards of the Pacific Institute for esearch and Evaluation, because many of the teens involved in the sex trade also exhibited other risk behaviors, including drug use and carrying sexually transmitted disease infections.
\\\"Three-and-a-half percent may seem like a small percentage, but it translates into a sizable number of youths,\\\" Edwards said, adding that she is now researching the the underlying factors that drive teens into prostitution.
Joshua Collier, a spokesman for the Promise House in Dallas, a nonprofit organization that offers services to at-risk teens, including runaways, said that counselors are well aware of the teen prostitution problem.
It's not clear whether any of the girls allegedly involved in the Club Metropolis raid were runaways, but it's one more factor that has prompted authorities to consider the children and teens involved as victims instead of criminals.
The new girl in class caught Justin Laboy's eye immediately. She was 5-foot-4 and very pretty, with long straight black hair. She was a Dominican girl from Queens, he was a Puerto Rican boy from the Bronx.
And Laboy, an honor student at Park Vista Community High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, was smitten. The kind of smitten that makes an 18-year-old do dumb things -- like bring marijuana to school to impress his new girl.
Only Laboy's new crush wasn't really a high school student. She was a 25-year-old police officer, a new recruit, working undercover as part of a massive string operation in 2011 to bust drug dealers at Palm Beach schools.
As a result of him bringing drugs to school for his new girl -- something he says he never would have done without her urging -- Laboy spent a week and jail and has a felony conviction on his record. He's on probation for three years.
Laboy was caught up in a massive sting that saw young recruits to the local police department posing as high school students for months -- eating lunch at the cafeterias, sitting in class, doing homework.
On Feb. 7, 2023, former U.S. President Donald Trump re-shared a meme on his Truth Social platform that claimed to show a photograph of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis \"grooming high school girls with alcohol as a teacher.\" The meme named DeSantis as \"Ron DeSanctimonious,\" a nickname previously given to him by Trump.
As of this writing, we found some information regarding the origins of the photograph, but did not locate any credible data that would show DeSantis had a history of \"grooming high school girls.\" While a picture of a teacher potentially holding a beer bottle with a group of students would likely be considered problematic, there simply haven't been any publicly disclosed accusations from students that said DeSantis had engaged in any \"grooming.\"
The former president followed up the first post with another one that showed the picture without the meme's words. The post that Trump re-shared included a caption from another user, which read, \"Ron DeSantis was having a 'drink' party with his students when he was a high school teacher. Having drinks with underage girls and cuddling them look pretty gross and ephebophiliaesque.\"
While the article did say that the girls \"loved\" DeSantis,\" it made no direct claim or provided any evidence in regard to the idea that he had been \"grooming\" them for sex. That specific claim appeared to have been born in the meme, which Trump later re-shared. 59ce067264