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CDC Says 30% Of Inner City Youths Suffer From PTSD

From the CBS San Francisco affiliate, KPIX:

Inner City Oakland Youth Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

May 16, 2014

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — In the inner city, a health problem is making it harder for young people to learn. The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent of inner city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I haven’t seen this reported anywhere but in this local report. Why is that?

The CDC said these children often live in virtual war zones. Doctors at Harvard said they actually suffer from a more complex form of PTSD.

Unlike soldiers, children in the inner city never leave the combat zone. They often experience trauma, repeatedly.

“You could take anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, and the things we are currently emphasizing in school will fall off their radar. Because frankly it does not matter in our biology if we don’t survive the walk home,” said Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D. of San Francisco State University.

In Oakland, about two thirds of the murders last year were actually clustered in East Oakland, 59 people killed.

Would this be near Nancy Pelosi’s district? What is she doing about it?

Teachers and administrators who graduated from Fremont High School in East Oakland and have gone back to work there spoke with KPIX 5.

“These cards that (students) are suddenly wearing around their neck that say ‘Rest in peace.’ You have some kids that are walking around with six of them. Laminated cards that are tributes to their slain friends,” said teacher Jasmene Miranda.

Jaliza Collins, also a teacher at Fremont, said, “It’s depression, it’s stress, it’s withdrawal, it’s denial. It’s so many things that is encompassed and embodied in them. And when somebody pushes that one button where it can be like, ‘please go have a seat,’ and that can be the one thing that just sets them off.”

In 2013, there were 47 recorded lockdowns in Oakland public schools – again, almost all in East and West Oakland.

We must be from another time. We never experienced a school lockdown.

Students at Fremont High showed where one classmate was shot.

“If someone got shot that they knew or that they cared about…they’re going to be numb,” one student said. “If someone else in their family got shot and killed they will be sad, they will be isolated because I have been through that.”

Gun violence is only one of the traumas or stressors in concentrated areas of deep poverty.

“Its kids are unsafe, they’re not well fed,” Duncan-Andrade said. “And when you start stacking those kids of stressors on top of each other, that’s when you get these kinds of negative health outcomes that seriously disrupt school performance.”

What another great tribute to the Great Society, whose 50th anniversary we are supposed to be celebrating.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, May 19th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “CDC Says 30% Of Inner City Youths Suffer From PTSD”

  1. Taking side bets at the Big Window that this means cities like Oakland will qualify for more of my money .. because only my money can cure non-existent Inner City ills ..

  2. canary

    Did they have doctors give mental examinations and fill out questionaires to every single youth in Oakland without their parents permission, which is illegal as heck without written permission.

    Or was it through propaganda assignments such as “Write an essay telling what scares you?” Write an essay about
    family members and friends and how you feel about each of them and what you would change.

    They’ve been doing this stuff and experiments since I was a kid. And if a parent complains they have evil ways to retaliate against little children or the parents.

    My advice for the last two years is do not let your child go to public schools no matter what. There’s so many more options, available to include on the internet.

    The public schools had an internet program, but it cost as much as a private school. But, I hear about more an more options. I imagine it varies from state to state, and as to the law. I remember when it wasn’t against the law to homeschool, but the public school system can make those families miserable.

    I wonder if the more progressive states like Massachusetts have laws against homeschooling?

  3. canary

    grrrr. Even lower than comparing real combat to children is bringing diet into the insults.
    After Obama changed the rules of engagement and increased Offense into the Belly of the Beast our US Troops ate those rations and garbage and were hungry all the time, having to lug all that heavy equipment around and needing more nutrition. Going without electricity and light, sleeping in filthy mud houses. Telling of how bad it was to sleep and the stench of not getting even baby wipes to stay someone clean. I can’t begin to tell how many troops compalined about not enough toilet paper to even wipe with, and having to use what they could find.

    I’m not downplaying the violence that some poor children live with, because they live in gangsta neighborhoods because gangsta’s and juvenile deliquents are getting sympathy and compassion from the leaders of this country
    give gangstas and thugs.

    The Dems are leading our youth to be saturated with violence and sex and it’s only adding to our youth’s being raped and killed and their brains being exposed to rap music 24/7.


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