A new Mary Sue article, “Will Teachers Ever Forgive Us for What We’ve Put Them Through?,” recounts the COVID crisis, jabs as Republicans, deifying those poor teachers.
“A lot of those governors are still treating children as a great COVID experiment. So much is still unknown about how the virus affects children, or how they carry it. Much of what was claimed to be common knowledge last year (like the idea that it doesn’t even affect kids at all) has proven to be completely false. And yet many state officials continue to fight against implementing basic safety measures for children, as well as for educators.”
The include a link while mentioning the death of Texas teachers, who were Natalia Chansler and David McCormick. Chansler was unable to get the vaccine due to other medical conditions, which likely increase her vulnerability to infection. McCormick, 59, was one of the first to die in the county due to the virus.
The Mary Sue writer dives into one of Florida’s epicenters, Broward County, to point out three teachers deaths, ALL occurred BEFORE school reopened.
Penny Gary, a Georgia teacher who died from COVID, was the next example of the evils of mask mandate opponents, according to the Mary Sue, who failed to mention her health problems which would have contributed to higher risk.
“I don’t know how teachers can ever forgive us, or why they even should,” they conclude.
Notice what’s missing from the article and perspective?
Not ONE WORD about the impact on students.
During 2020, suicide attempts rose 50% higher among girls aged 12–17 than during the same period in 2019, according to the study. For boys of the same age, the increase was just under 4%.
From the August Contemporary PEDS Journal: “As a result of COVID-19, isolation, interpersonal tensions, losses of loved ones, barriers to extended family supports, poverty, job insecurity, and lack of socialization with other children and teens have been a cumulative and interactive burden for communities throughout the United States and elsewhere. The bell-shaped curve demonstrating the distribution of psychosocial disorders in our population has shifted to the right, meaning that the prevalence and severity of a wide range of problems have increased.
“Anxiety and depression were already common disorders among teenagers and adolescents, who are especially sensitive to the layered consequences of COVID-19. There is growing concern that the pandemic has added to the rising rate of adolescent suicide and that any increase in depression will also increase the number of adolescents with suicidal ideation.”
Full post there: https://www.contemporarypediatrics.com/view/assessing-covid-19-s-impact-adolescent-psychosocial-functioning-and-suicidal-ideation-in-outpatient-pediatric-practice