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The Short End Of The Stick



Learn the Truth about Tourettes Pg. 12

Table of Contents Jerk: Review……………………………… Pg. 3-5 Baby Boom……………………………….. Pg. 7-8 Abusive Families…………………………..Pg. 10 Running to Victory………………………...Pg. 11 Disadvantages of Tourettes………………..Pg. 12 Tourettes………………………………….. Pg. 13



Brendan Kelley

Jerk: Review Jerk, California Cover. Author, Jonathan Friesen.




Jonathan Friesen (Above)

This book was not written about Jonathan Friesen, but being a man who has the disease that is controlling his main character Sam carrier so violently, it is certainly written around past experiences, which is what makes this novel so special and so touching. To most readers this book starts off very slow; we are

interest level of myself, and im sure of many other readers of this book. Sam’s is completely embarrassed by his fellow classmates at his graduation, and this was something many people could relate to

he suddenly passes leaving Sam and us readers to wondering how long can we go with out answers! Well answers do come but not without a bit of travel. Sam is left with a

introduced to what life changing disease has struck Sam at only the age of five or six. The author then brings us into Sam’s life at a much later and more difficult time for him, his senior year of High School. At this point of the novel, Sam’s struggles are really brought to the fore front, he allows us to see how tough it is for Sam to live

with that being one of the biggest moments in anyone’s life. After this devastating event, Sam realizes he must spend some time away from his family and get a job. His employer turns out to be a former friend of his fa-

Map leading to, you guessed it Jerk, California. Sam does not take the trip alone thankfully, or I

the way he does with his tourette’s. We quickly feel sympathy for him when we discover how disingenuous his step father Old Bill really is. He talk’s about his mother being a loving woman, but Bill no longer allows that side to be seen under his reign if you will. The book quickly picks up its pace, and at the same time the

ther who Sam knows little to nothing about. We soon learn that this man George is the key to Sam discovering all of the missing pieces to he puzzle that is his father. But just as Sam begins to feel comfortable with the guy,

Likely would have put down the book. He travels with an attractive young girl named Naomi, now Naomi and Sam have met a few times before with Sam having mixed results when trying to impress her.


What they both learn although,

with her chose of her second

all around the world that every-

is that Naomi is really George’s

husband. When Sam gets to

body can do great things, and

granddaughter, why she didn’t

California he is relieved to find

make something of themselves

know is really never explained

his Grandma Francine, I am as

no matter what obstacles may

and really makes no sense…

well as this book is taking quite

try to impede their way.

Their cross country trips has

the toll on me. He is enlighted

many exciting stops along the

to find a windmill of his own

way, Sam encounters many

built in the ocean behind her

young men all trying to gain the

house; it was a present from his

affection of Naomi, but he al-

dad containing cassette tapes of

ways seemed to keep them from

his voice. The tapes describe

getting to her. On the trip Sam,

who he is and talk about his life,

and myself were glad to dis-

it almost seemed like he was

cover a clearer picture on what

planning to die. In the End Sam/

really happened to his dad, it

Jack returns home to take care

turns out he died in a car acci-

of his Mom and younger brother

dent, attempting to retrieve

Lane, he brings them to the

medicine for baby Sam. This

home of George, which he in-

change’s Sam’s opinion on his

herited after his passing.

father. Sam is surprised to learn on the way that his real name is

After all when I think

actually Jack Keegan and that

about what this book brought to

Old bill changed his name, even

the table, it was fun ride of

I was surprised to find this out, I

laughter, tears, and joy, and it is

guess his mom got a little lazy

a great teaching tool to people

“Because I couldn’t do it without you”




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Baby Boom Teen pregnancies are getting more and more popular, there are an estimated one million teen pregnancies in the United States alone. About 85% of these pregnancies are unplanned. Unplanned pregnancies increase the risk for problems. One of the risks for teen mothers is delaying prenatal care 7.2% of mothers don't revive any care at all, The reasons for lack of prenatal care is; delayed pregnancy testing, denial or even fear of telling others about the pregnancy. Some states are starting to develop a health department where prenatal care is free or low cost and there is patient confidentiality, meaning no one can tell the teen mother's family. Because the body of a teen is still growing she will need more nutritional support to meet both her needs and her baby. Nutritional help can be a large portion of prenatal care, usually by a doctor or a midwife. This help will usually include information about prenatal vitamins, folic acid, and the dos and don'ts of eating and drinking. Lack of proper nutrition can lead to problems like anemia (low iron) or low weight gain. The biggest problem for teen moms now is the use of drugs and alcohol, including cigarette smoking. No amount of this safe for the baby. Doing these things while being pregnant can complicate pregnancy even further increasing the likelihood of premature birth. Premature birth is extremely unsafe for anyone having a baby especially in a teen mom; premature birth is when the baby is born early and because of their low birth weights it can cause problems like; brain damage, physical disabilities and more.

-Abortion The definition of an Abortion "is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of a fetus or embryo from the uterus, resulting in or caused by its death". Abortion can occur accidentally due to a complication during the pregnancy (miscarriages), There is also therapeutic abortion, and a elective abortion. - Therapeutic abortion is performed to - save the lift of pregnant women - Preserve the women's health, physical or mental- Terminate pregnancy that the baby would be born with a congenital disorder, that would be life threatening or to reduce the number of fetuses, meaning the women was having more than 1 baby, which was causing health risks. Elective abortion is when it is performing at the request of the woman for reasons that are not maternal health or diseases.

-Plan B There is also the option of taking the morning after pill " Plan B" It can be taken 3 days (72 hours) after having sex. You take 2 pills which do one of the these 3 things; * Temporarily stops the release of an egg from the ovary * Prevents fertilization * Prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus Within 24 hours of sex it is 95% effective Between 25-48 hours it is 85% effective Between 49-72 hours its 61% effective



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You can also take long term precaution meaning Birth control. Birth control is oral contraceptive, meaning you take it by mouth. It contains hormones to change the way the body works and prevent pregnancy, the hormones in the Pill control the ovaries and the uterus. Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). A woman cannot get pregnant if she doesn't ovulate because there is no egg to be fertilized. The Pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach any eggs that may have been released. While facing the grim realities of teen pregnancy is not pleasant.. Teen mothers are perfectly capable of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. With the proper nutrition, early prenatal care and screenings for potential problems. Some people think that you can't teach a teen mother anything about her body or baby, that's not true at all. Many of the teen mothers who take active roles in their care, do go on to have healthy babies, Support from the families and communities is very important for the family to be successful.

Statics– according to Statics Canada 1) Studies have found that between 11 and 20 percent of pregnancies in teenagers are a direct result of rape 2)Teen pregnancy cost the United States over $9.1 billion in 2009 3)Three-quarters of a million teens between 15 and 19 become pregnant each year. 4)Out of all teen pregnancies, 57% end in birth. 5)Two-thirds of teen pregnancies occur among teens 18-19 years old. 6)Teen mothers account for 11% of all births in the US. 7)Nearly a third of pregnant teenagers choose abortion. 8)Black teens have the highest teen pregnancy rate. 9)Teens who become pregnant are less likely to attend college. 10)14% end in miscarriage.




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Kenneth Zed

Abusive Families Imagine going home everyday after school relaxed coming to a loving family that cares for you. Now imagine coming home to a stressful worrisome world where your parents consistently beat you from the time you walk in the door till you fall asleep, your sleep is incidentally cause by a blow to your temple from the louis-vill slugger‌. GRAND SLAM. Every day there are adolescents that are beaten percussively by their abusive parents. These actions often unnoticed by friends, co-workers ,the mail-man and even the swimming coach, these victims often make up excuses for their welts, cigarette burns and many more. There are many other options you can do about these problems such as consult a teacher, janitor or your IT guy.


Running To Victory! Kenneth Zed

The youth of today are being paralyzed by obesity. Fast food restaurants have become a security blanket for youth choosing the delicious double big Mac over the garden salad and supplementing French fries for carrot sticks. At this rate our generation is expected to die off before our elders. The healthy choice is not seen as the cool choice, Wendy baconaters are much more appealing then mom’s homemade whole grain turkey sandwich. Although sports are still actively taken part in, it still isn’t enough to overcome the calories indulged by the youth of today. More emphasis on exercising needs to be talked about in schools and action needs to be taken in

order to prevent the epidemic of obesity. An excellent and extremely popular source of healthy living and way of exercising is running. Running is accessible to everyone, it is free and does not require teaching. It requires no skill what so ever, as one can run at any pace, for any distance they wish. Running is exhilarating the wind at your back at any giving time you can increase your speed and reach your highest athletic potential. This not only continuously builds muscle, increases endurance it importantly gets you women. Thick awesome muscular thighs and a back of an angel, no man or women could ever resist. Running is not only an action or a source of exercise it is a way of life, and a tool used by many in order to create active minds and successful living. It is imperative that an individual reach their highest potential, as they will achieve true happiness and the key to a long an eventful life.




Brendan Kelley

Disadvantages of

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the body of somebody with a disease that at any moment could ultimately control what you do and say? Tourettes is a disease that affects 200,000 people a year in the United States alone, according to, and it does not just cause the jerking or the inability to control what you say, it affects so much more.

The usual struggles of somebody with tourettes is quite obvious, they are forced to with take numerous counts of bullying from schoolmates, it’s terrible, but in today’s society kids never learn. Another struggle that hampers a person with tourettes is the problem of maintaining your focus and temper at times where you can’t keep still and or can’t stop talking. Besides these fairly obvious struggles, there is a few that are not so apparent when you look at those with tourettes. One is the way it effects the personal emotionally, this part of the

Tourettes is a disease that contains many noticeable and unusual symptoms, as well as some unnoticeable symptoms. These symptoms are typically called tics and common tics are eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements. Unfortunately most people who have the disease usually are forced to endure a difficult life, but it doesn’t always have to be difficult.

disease was expressed fantastically I think in Jerk, California. Like in the book, the person with tourettes always seems to believe that they are almost lesser than other people, and no one should ever feel this way because everybody is equal. Lastly, somebody with tourettes may not have as easy of a time at home than others, many parents could become frustrated with a child in these circumstances. As well as neglect the child to the point where

they were alone and not wanted, and no child or adult should have to go through that. As everyone out there should already know no human should every be bullied, neglected, or ridiculed no matter the situation, and I can only hope that a person with tourettes, gets treated just like any other, because on the inside we are all the same.

Kaitlyn Paul


Tourettes Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a "neurological or "neurochemical" disorder which causes you to tic -involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way" The cause of TS has not been found, but research shows that the disorder comes from the abnormal metabolism of at least one brain chemical called dopamine, probably other neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, are also involved in the cause. In 1825 the first case of TS was reported by Dr. Itard. It was a about women whose symptoms included involuntary tics of many parts of her body and various vocalizations and coprolalia (involuntary swearing) She lived to the age of 86. Tourettes was named after Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette. The most common Symptoms of Tourettes is a facial tic, like rapidly blinking eyes or twitches of the mouth. Other signs include; involuntary sounds, such as throat clearing and sniffing, or tics from the legs or arms. The symptoms include: * Multiple motor and one or more vocal tics at

some time. * The tics happen many times a day nearly every day or throughout a span of more than one year; * The change in the number, frequency, type and location of the tics, disappear for weeks or months at a time On set before the age of 18. There has been a lot of controversy because The term "involuntary" used to describe TS tics, some people don't believe its the right word because it is known that most people with TS do have some control over the symptoms. What we know is that the control that can be shown from seconds to hours at a time, can only postpone more severe outbursts. Tics are experienced as irresistible as the urge to sneeze and must eventually be expressed. Since many people with TS have yet to be diagnosed, there are no absolute percent of how many people have Tourettes. Recent studies show that the figure may be one in one hundred. There are different Categories for tics: Simple: * Motor - Eye blinking,

head jerking, shoulder shrugging and facial grimacing; * Vocal - Throat clearing, yelping and other noises, sniffing and tongue clicking. Complex: * Motor - Jumping, touching other people or things, smelling, twirling about and, self-injury actions including hitting or biting yourself (this is rare) * Vocal - Uttering ordinary words or phrases out of context, repeating a sound, word or phrase just heard and in rare cases, swearing Sadly, At this point in time, there is no cure for TS. Data shows that the tic symptoms tend to stabilize and become less severe in adult life, luckily, Those diagnosed with TS can live a normal life span.


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