Ark school loses little boy

. Wednesday, August 25
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It’s every parents’ nightmare. Mom pulled up to the elementary school to pick up her 6 year old only he wasn’t there. He was supposed to wait for his mother, but instead, he got on a school bus, sat down, and took an hour long ride. The little boy was so frightened, he didn’t know what to do. His mom was franticly looking for him at the school.

That’s what happened to Chandra Russey-McCormick and her son Zyic on Monday at Landmark Elementary, in the Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The school says they knew the little boy got on the school bus.  Mom says she let the school know multiple times that she would be picking him up. She wants to know why Zyic was on the bus and the principal blames her for not letting the school know she would be picking him up.

To give credit where credit is due, as upsetting as this incident is to Zyic’s mom, this is the first time I’ve heard of a school losing a child. Either I have my head in the sand, or schools are really good at getting children where they need to be.

Be careful out there.

Deadly Whooping Cough on the rise

. Sunday, August 15
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It's not a disease we thought we'd see again, not after decades of an effective vaccination against it, but NPR reports that "Deadly Whooping Cough, Once Wiped Out, Is Back." In just one year, Pertussis cases have increased to the tune of 8 times more cases this year than last in California alone.

The reemergence of a once-controlled disease can be attributed to the possibility that vaccinations are tied to autism and parents' reluctance to take that risk. What is also a contributing factor is that adults also get the disease that manifests as a persistent cough, and pass it on to infants who then die from the disease.

The medical community has failed to inform adults that a Whooping Cough booster is recommended every 10 years.

Players taken down by the heat, but football practice goes on

. Saturday, August 14
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Yeah, football season is cranking up. Teenagers end their summer early to begin practice and get in shape for the games that will soon take place. But for 3 Arkansas high school football players, practice is on hold. Instead, they are in the hospital, in induced comas, fighting for their lives.

Despite constant warnings from the news, meteorologists and the medical community at large, football practice is in full swing in record-breaking heat and humidity. The severe conditions just may cost these younguns their lives, all in the name of sport.