Holidays are fun and wild for students on summer vacations. They attempt to do rash things that put themselves as well as others in danger. From drag racing to excessive drinking, I`ve seen it all in my 12 years working in a school environment. The goal of this article is to educate adolescents and teenagers on the necessity to stay safe and not to do things that could endanger their lives and the lives of others. As such, it will highlight 10 things that I`ve seen happen in hopes that it will prevent any further occurrences.
1. Assassin bugs:
Many teenagers travel to Mexico and Central and South America for their vacations. Many are not aware that there is such a thing as Assassins bug which transmits Chagas disease. This disease causes long term chronic problems that could cause serious cardiac and digestive issue. A notable example of someone who suffered from this was Charles Darwin. Speak to your doctor before traveling to those areas.
2. Staying Indoors:
Many students come back to school with the note that they sat in the home most of their summer either sleeping or playing video games. They usually do not regret that decision until winter comes and they realize that the hot weather was taken advantage of.
3. In Jail:
This would be the worst case scenario. I know a person I mentored who was apprehended by police for smoking pot. He told them to f*** off and spent a couple of nights in jail. No one would set the bail for him since he had a restraining order on his mother.
A week before school began a couple of students decided to go for a midnight joyride. The driver of the car was not properly trained and stole the car from his parents who were sleeping in the house. While driving through the streets of Toronto at high speed, the driver crashed the car into a tree. 1 student was killed upon impact. My heart sank the day I got a call that one of my students died.
5. Wave Pools:
The summer is a perfect time to go to the pool and relax. However this fun is not for all students and in fact I`ve seen tragedy strike right before my eyes. A 13 year old teenager was bathing in a wave pool just north of Toronto. Suffered from heart problems, she sustained a heart attack inside the pool and drowned. The whole school community were in shock over the untimely death of a special person who brought one of the most significance gifts to life. Check with your doctor before deciding to do any rash activities this summer.