Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
Teenager Corey Foster’s death at Leake & Watts residential treatment center in Yonkers has outraged many and inspired quick calls for punishment, followed by others urging readers to wait for the results of an investigation. The LoHud.com story also raised questions about when restraint can be used on children.
After reading the posts below, I have to say this: Hopefully more will be known once the investigation is completed. But for now, I find it hard to believe that it took eight people to restrain one person. Of course the poor young man could not breathe; I’d feel the same way if I had eight people cram on top of me.”
— Larry Floss
“The use of the word, ‘restrain’ is misleading. When these institutions ‘restrain’ a young person, it is often done with excessive force and violence by staffers who are not trained to do this. … Was the staff at Leake & Watts properly trained for ‘restraints?’ Did that staff know to do or say what could diffuse the situation?”
— Margaret Setterholm
Most popular story on LoHud.com: Tappan Zee Bridge jumper dies; was a Westchester resident; firefighter evaluated for hypothermia.
Trending on Twitter:
CNN, which aired George Zimmerman’s bail hearing today. Zimmerman has admitted to shooting Trayvon Martin in Florida in February. George Zimmerman is also trending.
Zimmerman on the stand. live on CNN. Don’t know if I can handle this.— Annie Keegan (@rafannie) April 20, 2012
Today is 4/20, a reference to the 420 symbol of marijuana culture. Because it’s the date, it’s also a way to use a trending topic for an unrelated promotion of your own.
Today is 4/20 and— Craftsman Ale House (@TheCraftsman) April 20, 2012
<a href="https://twitter.com/StoneBrewingCo">StoneBrewingCo</a> will beTheCraftsman
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