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    9 year old attempts suicide : Family Sues Caddo Schools over Alleged Bullying

9 year old attempts suicide : Family Sues Caddo Schools over Alleged Bullying

The parents of a nine-year-old boy are suing the Caddo Parish School Board after they say their son tried to kill himself because he was being bullied at a local school. Education Reporter Eric James sat down with the parents of the boy in an exclusive interview.
Due to the sensitive nature of this story KTBS has chosen not to reveal the name of the family or the school where the alleged bullying took place.
“He was seven and it’s very hard to watch your child grab a knife and try and kill himself,” said the mother of the boy.
It is an ordeal the family has been dealing with for nearly two years. In that time they say their son has tried to commit suicide twice.
The family told James they believe their nightmare started following an alleged sexual assault against their son; an assault the mother says she walked in on at their home in 2011.
“My daughter and me saw my son pinned down to the ground with his pants pulled down and the other child was on top of my child and I pulled the other child off of my child,” said the mother.
Question (James): Did you call police?
Answer (Mother):  At that point we contacted his parents (the parents of the other boy) first.
Question (James): Did you ever call police?
Answer (Mother) Yes
Question (James) And what was you told?
Answer (Mother) We were told because of his age there was nothing they could do about it.
The couple says when they then went to the school to enroll their son and; that is when they found out the two boys were set to be in the same class, so they made an appointment with the principal and told her what they […]

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Texas health officials warns against whooping cough

Texas health officials say the number of people sick with whooping cough statewide is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease that causes a severe cough.
There have been almost 2,000 cases reported so far this year, with the annual total likely to surpass the recent high of 3,358 cases in 2009.
Two infants have died from whooping cough this year.
Both were too young to be vaccinated.
Ten cases have been reported in East Texas.
At least one case has been confirmed in bowie County, where health officials say their main concern is the low number of people receiving immunizations.
Whooping cough spreads easily through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.
While infants are most at risk, people of all ages can get whooping cough.
KTBS – Julie Parr

Christus Schumpert St. Mary ER Closing Friday

The emergency room at CHRISTUS Schumpert St. Mary in Shreveport will close at midnight on Friday as part of the hospital system’s change in strategic direction announced in May, but other services will remain for at least another 18 to 24 months.
The changes include a $55 million dollar expansion of the health system’s Highland campus and the transfer of all acute care services from the Schumpert St. Mary campus to Highland. The closure of the St. Mary campus includes the ER, as well as the Sutton Children’s Medical Center.
The Grace Home will remain at the St. Mary campus, but neonatal intensive care services, the birth center, cancer treatment center, inpatient rehabilitation, wound care and breast centers will all be moved to the Highland campus once construction work is complete. That’s expected to take another 18 to 24 months. Until then, they will remain open at St. Mary.
The expansion at the Highland campus will include a new comprehensive cancer center, a new neonatal intensive care unit and expanded OB, ER and radiology services, and a new inpatient rehabilitation center.
It will also expand the number of beds at Highland and remodel all existing patient rooms.
The plan also calls for the expansion of outpatient and ambulatory services with new facilities in Shreveport and Bossier City.
A consulting firm has been hired to find alternative uses for the facilities on the Schumpert St. Mary Campus, but the hospital says the results of the firm’s study have not yet been received.
KSLA – Carolyn Roy

Blood Supply Critically Low;Please Go Donate

LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local O negative blood supply is critically low and requests that all eligible type O negative donors give blood as soon as possible.
 “Often we struggle to find donors during the summer months, and the holiday weekend has worsened the situation. The O negative demand is higher than donations, resulting in less than a one-and-a-half-day supply available,” said LifeShare spokesperson Tina Hooper.
 It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. There is no manufactured substitute for human blood, it must come from blood donors. LifeShare is the provider of blood and blood to local and regional hospitals and medical facilities.
 The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with several mobile blood drives in the area.

Shreveport
8910 Linwood Ave.
318.673.1471
8:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. M, W, F
8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Sat.

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Dr.
318.742.4636
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
11:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th

Texarkana
1321 College Dr.
903.794.3173
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
10:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. Sat.

To locate a mobile blood drive, make an appointment, or for more information call your nearest center or go to www.lifeshare.org 
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