A 13-year-old schoolgirl who hanged herself had told teachers about pot-washing punishments at home, an inquest has heard. ‘Alarm bells’ were ringing at Amber Peat’s school just months before she was found hanged in a hedgerow, the hearing was told.
Amber Peat ran away from her home in Nottingham, when she was ordered to clean out a cool box after returning from a family holiday to Cornwall. The inquest at Nottingham Coroner’s Court has previously been told Amber’s mother and stepfather didn’t report her missing for almost eight hours, and heard claims from teachers that she ‘didn’t get as much attention at home as would be considered normal’.
Imagine having a life-saving surgery that changes your appearance forever. Now, imagine having yourself kicked out because of it.
For Kirby Evans, this heartbreaking instance became a reality. Seven years ago, this now 65-year-old man developed skin cancer that caused basal cell carcinoma in his face.
Surgery had to be done in order to remove it, and this resulted in Kirby’s nose and left eye having to be removed.
Being on a fixed income, Kirby couldn’t afford to undergo any reconstructive surgery. He also didn’t have the option of wearing an eye patch.
He’d tried in the past, but the sensitive skin surrounding his eyes meant that these patches would rub his skin raw.
Kirby worked hard on his self-acceptance and simply goes out into the world as he is.
Then, one day, Kirby stopped by a convenience store called Forks Pit Stop located in Walterboro, South Carolina.
He went in to buy a drink and some donuts and went to sit on a picnic bench outside. He’d only been sitting for a few minutes when the manager approached him angrily.
She practically grabbed him by the shirt and half-pulled, half-demanded that he come into her office.
The manager told Kirby that his face was scaring customers and that he should either cover it or leave immediately.
These words were extremely, brutally painful to Kirby, who had never been treated that way in his entire life.
Kirby, unable to eat if he did choose to cover his face, had no choice but to leave the store. As he went, he broke down in tears. He went home and confided in his daughter, Brandy.
She was, understandably, completely outraged about the incident. She shared what happened on a Facebook post, and it wasn’t long before people all around the world were reading the story in shock and horror.
Meanwhile, does the heartless manager who wouldn’t even let Kirby enjoy his coffee and snack feel sorry? Not in the slightest.
In fact, Donna Crosby stands by her decision and defends it adamantly. She says that, as the owner of a food business where many people come in to eat, she has the right to do whatever it takes to keep her customers happy.
She added that Kirby would come in to eat regularly during lunch, one of the busiest times at the store and that she needed to put her foot down.
She insists she has customers to please and plenty of bills to pay and that she doesn’t think there is anything wrong with what she did.
Brandy and Kirby aren’t going to let Crosby’s cruelty get them down!
In fact, Brandy went on to make a GoFundMe page entitled “Cancer does not discriminate!” for her father. So far, it has made $75,020 of its $75,000 goal.
Kirby is very thankful for all the support he has received.
With people all over the world pouring monetary support into his fund and vowing to boycott Crosby’s food business, Kirby is able to put these horrible actions behind him.
Maddox, a young six-year-old nonverbal boy on the autism spectrum, was out with his father on a walk in the park on Saturday.
He and his father had spent time walking around, enjoying the lake, and watching the turtles go by.
Sometime during the day, Maddox took off running and was unable to be found again.
Search party efforts were in full swing for the next several days. The 80-acre lake in that park was partially drained so that the shoreline could be seen more easily.
A $10,000 reward was offered by the FBI for any credible information that may lead them to Maddox, and over 150 leads were followed up on.
Local and state police were involved in this intense search, and the FBI was also a part of it.
Drones and search dogs were used in these efforts, as well as infrared and sonar technology.
SWAT teams also scoured the entire lake, as well as the waterways surrounding it, with kayaks to find Maddox.
At 1 pm on Thursday, Maddox’s body was found near a highway around the Marietta Street and Old Dallas Highway area, located in Gastonia, North Carolina – which is also where Maddox lived and is the location of the park he disappeared from.
The remains were identified by Gastonia’s own local medical examiner.
As of right now, authorities are working on an investigation into the disappearance and death of this young boy.
They are currently seeking out two persons of interest: a photographer who was snapping pictures of children in the park, and an unidentified man who was jogging in the park during the time of Maddox’s disappearance.
It is still too early to be certain if foul play was involved or if this is merely a tragic accident.
Two days before this sad discovery, Ian Ritch, Maddox’s father, was understandably very concerned and worried.
He thought Maddox might have been lost in the woods but, after the several days of searching with such intense efforts turning up no results, he found himself no longer sure if he was simply lost.
When Maddox first disappeared, Ian talked about how he had lost sight of the six-year-old boy when he wandered too far ahead of him.
He suffered immense guilt for allowing him to get such a lead before getting up and rushing after him.
Usually, he allowed his son to have a little bit of freedom when they were out, always keeping an eye on him and maintaining a very clear view of him.
But when Maddox was about 30 feet away, he suddenly began to sprint, and it was at this point that Ian was unable to catch up.
Maddox was a beautiful soul whose life cast light on all those around him. He was, and is, very deeply loved.
We hope he rests in peace, and that authorities are able to solve this case as soon as possible to bring closure to his family.
Love trumps everything else. If there is one thing that this story teaches, it is exactly that.
A lot of times, we are faced with certain scenarios where we see people in distress, regardless of whether it is in a private place or somewhere public. We might not be particularly dong anything that hurts anyone, so we feel like we’re at least just minding our business. However, what do you do in the event that you actually have the wherewithal to do something about it?
A lot of the time, we get to see people who struggle with certain aspects of life that we tend to see as a breeze. In such cases, the important thing to do is truly to try to make their lives easier.
At the end of the day, love is something that we all get taught, and we owe it to one another to ensure that we are able to show this love to as many people who are around us are humanly possible.
Take these shopping mall employees for example.
We are all aware of the fact that grocery shopping with kids isn’t exactly the easiest task in the world (I mean, a lot of things are much more difficult when done with kids, but grocery shopping is definitely atop that list). However, for Melody Leach, this task was something almost downright impossible. Still, this task wasn’t impossible because the 2-year-old she had with her chose to be a terror that won’t just behave.
Rather, what this entire difficulty came down to was the carts in the stores. Although most little children are able to sit in the front seat of the cart ad enjoy being moved out, Melody’s daughter simply could not do this.
Melody’s daughter, Beatrice, was born with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. At that point, she was almost three years of age already. Still, she had issues with speaking, she couldn’t even crawl, and her eyesight was terrible. Melody would make often attempts to take her to the King Scoopers in Loveland, Colorado, but she found that she wasn’t able to use the baby section in the art. Essentially, this means that Melody will have to propel Beatrice’s wheelchair all around the store, while also carrying a basket.
By any stretch of the word, this right here is not an easy task to undergo.
Still, though, the mother had not the slightest clue that the employees at the shopping mall had taken notice of her. They had seen how difficult this trip was, and the decision to lend a helping hand. The store’s manager, Mike, put a call through to the higher-ups in order to see if they could get their hands on a cart that was designed for people who have special needs.
However, all of that was still the tip in the iceberg. Apart from the fact that they were able to get a “Caroline’s Cat” just for Beatrice, the employees decided to go even over the top with their act of random kindness. A KUSA news story was released about the surprise, and it just serves as a good reminder of the fact that there are truly still good people left on the face of the Earth.
These people deserved to be commended for the level of kindness that they showed.
Anthony was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered that he had swallowed a tiny metal wire bristle from a barbecue grill cleaning brush.
“We knew something was wrong and he was in extreme pain because he was crying.From the time we had dinner to the time we had surgery, it was about 12 hours later, because our journey started at the local hospital, and then we were transported to SickKids,” Anthony’s mother, Nadia said.
Doctors don’t exactly have a surefire way of removing the thin wires from people’s throats when swallowed but surgeons at SickKids were able to dislodge it.
After that, doctors just had to make sure Anthony didn’t develop a throat infection from the bacteria on the bristle. Apparently, surgeons have encountered lots of patients who need these bristles removed from their throats, a situation which has the potential to be fatal.
“It makes a hole in the intestine and that could be life-threatening,” said Dr. Aziz Benbrahim. “We had a patient who had it in there for 2 weeks and he had severe complications and bigger surgery.”
Duff Dixon, vice-president of development at Barbecue World says you should replace your brushes as soon as they appear matted and use a brush with wires that are fastened around a metal backing rather than wooden or plastic brushes, as those may be less secure.
“These stories have been happening as long as the brushes have been around,” said Dixon.
An even safer method is to avoid using these brushes all together.
An alternative method for cleaning your grill is lighting it and letting it sit with the lid closed. This will loosen the gunk in your barbecue. You can use a scrunched up piece of aluminum foil to scrub it away. Just be careful not to burn yourself!
Nadia says she came public with her son’s incident so that other families could be aware of this issue and avoid it.
“I hope to have these brushes removed from the shelves, have them banned,” she said.
The Fiore’s haven’t barbecued anything since the incident and Nadia says poor Anthony is scared to eat anything off the grill now.
You can learn about others who suffered from this serious hazard in the video below.
This goes to show just how dire the need to end bullying is.
The heartbreaking Facebook post by a mother about the effects of bullying is what currently has a lot of people talking and engaging themselves.
A few days ago, Carre Golledge revealed that for a few months now, her daughter, a 6-year-old girl named Sophia, has been vomiting u to 20 times a night due to the stress that was cased to her by the endless and constant bullying that she received while at school.
Golldege put up a picture of her daughter in a hospital bed while she was asleep and along with the picture, she provided details about the physical and emotional toll that her daughter had suffered due to the effects of bullying.
She wrote, “This right here is what bullying does. This is my 6-year-old daughter, and she has been hospitalized due to the effects of bullying on her…”
Golledge said that her daughter had developed more physical illness due to all the stress that constant bullying has caused her. Due to the seemingly never ending worry, her daughter was able to eat or sleep, and this only exacerbated as time went on..
“This is my child. She has stopped eating, she has cred herself to sleep, and she has developed anxiety so severe that she has been up sick well over 20 times an hour all through the night”
In a post on Facebook that has now been shared over 200,000 times since it was put up, Golledge stated that she has taken her child to the hospital on numerous occasions due to the anxiety. Even when her daughter went to the authorities of the school to report this bullying, she was reprimanded for ‘telling stories’
The worried mother went on to say that even a lot of the adults who have stepped into the situation to lend a helping hand have really been of no help, as he parents off the bully have “mocked” her daughter via social media. According to Golledge, the authorities the school wrote off the reports of the little girl as “A six year old doing what a six year old normally does”.
Eventually the family was forced to withdraw the girl and take her to another school.
She wrote, “This is my daughter who was told by the school that she should be the person who should be feeling ashamed. This is my child, and she is one of too many children who are going through this problem.
This is my child whose story is being manipulated and twisted by the very people in whose care she was and who were meant to offer he protection while she was at school”
Ever since her post went viral on Facebook, Golledge has received hundreds of message from various people, all of whom are showing support an encouragement for her and her daughter in these trying times. The unrelenting outpouring of kindness has spurred the family to create a group of Facebook known as “Stand with Sophia”.
The group provides people with a chance to share some of the experiences that they have had with the issue of bullying.
Golledge said, “This has grown beyond jut our little girl. It’s really astonishing to hear just how bullying is affecting generations of people both directly and indirectly’
While out in public, a three-year-old was brutally attacked. The toddler was in a Home Bargains store where he had wandered off to play with his brother. They were having fun with the balls when the boys’ father rushed over and then splashed the toddler with sulfuric acid as a method to punish him. CCTV footage captured the entire incident and showed how the father brutally assaulted his own kin with the deadly acid.
Because the boy is only three, he cannot be identified for legal reasons. But it is known that the sulfuric acid left horrible burns on the boy’s arms and face and occurred while he was at the store in Worcester. The father, 40, has been charged with the acid attack, but he is not alone. Six others were also charged in the violent crime against the helpless toddler.
While at the trial at Worcester Crown Court, the jury learned how the toddler kept screaming, “I hurt!” over and over again after his father splashed sulfuric acid in his face for playing with the balls at the bargain store.
Jurors were not certain whether to believe the story because it was so bizarre. However, when they saw the CCTV footage, they could not help but admit that it must have happened. It is clear that the father was carrying the acid in a container which he threw into the boy’s face.
The attack happened while the boy and his brother were just looking at the soccer balls. His dad attacked him out of nowhere.
Prosecutors described how the father was outraged after his wife and the mother of the children left him. The mother took the children away from him in April 2016.
That’s when the furious father “enlisted others” to help him attack his own children so he could paint his ex-wife as an “unfit mother.” He hoped the acid attack against his son would convince the court to grant him more time with the children. He was trying to pretend the mother did it or that it happened while under her care.
While in court, the boy’s father held a tissue to his face while the CCTV footage played. He was embarrassed and shameful of what he did. However, he was not alone in his crime. And the boy was left with a large burn on his arm and a smaller burn on his forehead, which required specialized treatment to heal.
Along with the father, his team of attackers was also charged. They include, according to Daily Mail, Adam Cech, 27, Jan Dudi, 25, and Martina Badiova, 22, all of Birmingham; Norbert Pulko, 22, and Saied Hussini, 42, both of London; and Jabar Paktia, 42, of Wolverhampton. The entire group claims they were not involved in the acid attack against the toddler.
Cech has closely involved the attack. Prosecutors say the boy’s father contracted him to be the one to throw the acid in the boy’s face.
On camera, the acid attack happens quickly. Prosecutor Rees told jurors: “What you have just seen is that person in a white T-shirt – you can just catch the moment where the arm is extended. That really is the hub of this case. That is the acid attack. It is over in a split second. You have, in the shot, Mr. Cech – there’s no dispute of that – extending his arm, out towards the child. His mother was a short distance away as the attack is carried out, and the sister heard the victim scream out, ‘I hurt, I hurt, I hurt.’”
A lonely 70-year-old widow decided that it was time to marry again. She put an ad in the local newspaper that read: “Husband wanted!
Must be in my age group, must not beat me, must not run around on me and must still be good in bed. All applicants please apply in person.” The following day, she heard the doorbell. Much to her dismay, she opened the door to see a gray-haired gentleman sitting in a wheelchair. He had no arms or legs.
“You’re not really asking me to consider you, are you?” the widow asked: “Just look at you — you have no legs!”
The old gent smiled: “Therefore, I cannot run around on you!”
“You don’t have any arms either!” she snorted.
Again, the old man smiled: “Therefore, I can never beat you!”
She raised an eyebrow and asked intently: “Are you still good in bed?”
The old man leaned back, beamed a big smile and said: “I rang the doorbell, didn’t I?”
There’s plenty of memes out there on the internet that uses the photos and faces of people.
The question is, have we ever considered who the people are in these memes?
And on top of that, how their lives have been affected and changed by their so-called “15 minutes of fame”?
We use these photos with wild abandon, never once considering to acquire the explicit permission of the person in the photo.
That seems to be the nature of the internet – images spread like wildfire, and before you know it, your likeness has entered the public domain and there is no turning back.
As many people say, the internet never forgets.
Thankfully, some of the folks behind some of the most prolific memes within the last few years have gone on record to state that they are okay, even amused with their internet fame.
Some have even taken advantage of it, like the child behind the “Success Kid” meme who used his fame to crowdfund a GoFundMe campaign for his dad’s kidney transplant, which saved his dad’s life.
Unfortunately, not all meme photos are happy stories such as this one.
Jennifer Wilkinson is a woman whose photo of an unfortunate accident has now turned her into a viral meme.
What had happened was that six years ago she was at a grocery store with her husband.
While trying to reach out for a case for soda for her husband, she fell out of her Rascal scooter and the resulting image was snapped by a couple of nearby teenagers while she was in distress.
Her image quickly became a meme, and she became a laughing stock.
Now, this brave woman is coming out to share her side of her story and make a point about bullying.
Wilkinson was diagnosed at a young age with spondylolisthesis, a back condition where one of the bones in her spine is out of place.
Since the spine affects her posture, this means she has difficulty standing or walking. It even has affected her balance.
This was not a surprise diagnosis – according to Wilkinson, back conditions runs in her family, and she was diagnosed prior to any weight gain.
Nevertheless, a combination of severe depression and PTSD in conjunction with her preexisting condition led to her putting on weight to the extreme.
Used to being picked on for her appearance, she had disregarded the laughter and snide remarks made by the teenagers that day as they took her picture.
Six years between then and now has given her room for hindsight, and as she looks back on that day she calls it a low point in her life.
She points out how people seem to find disabled people acceptable targets to laugh at, and wants to remind the public at large to remember that they know nothing about those they are making fun of or the struggles they undergo.
Considering all that she has gone through then, she is showing great strength and in using her story to implore people to think twice about making fun of people.