What we’re about to say won’t surprise anyone who’s ever raised a kid: The teenage brain (not to mention a 9-year-old’s) isn’t equipped to handle what seems like life’s simplest decisions. Like: Should you jump off the roof into a swimming pool? Hitch a ride with someone who’s drunk? Email 10 people a picture of yourself wearing nada? Disrespect the teacher on the first day of school? Read More
Mary Bier’s memories of her nephew, Jonny, are painful ones. The once-vibrant 19-year-old changed, she said, when he was allowed to start drinking at his family home in Pacifica.
“I watched it change my nephew,” she said. “The light disappeared from his eyes when he started drinking and using drugs … I loved that kid.” Read More
Four teenage employees of a fast-food restaurant near Pittsburgh staged a phony burglary and stole $1,300 after learning one of them was likely to be fired. They stole the money from a safe and tried to make it look like a burglary by making a regular night deposit, ransacking the restaurant and then throwing a large stone through a window. Police said the suspects confessed when confronted and have been charged with conspiracy, theft and criminal mischief. Read More
WHO: Text-happy teen drivers
WHAT: In the past five years, nearly 100 teenagers have died in vehicle accidents related to texting while driving in New York City and Long Island alone, according to New York Sen. Charles Schumer.
WHY IT HAPPENED: The Democratic senator cited the U.S. Department of Transportation statistics in support of his efforts to have all states ban texting while driving. Read More