The Doctors: Child’s Love Letter Labeled Sexual harassment
Passing notes in elementary school was part of all of our childhoods, but a fourth grader in Florida was sent to the principal’s office because of a love letter. The boy’s mom said he was threatened with charges of sexual harassment. In the note, the boy wrote “I like your eyes because they sparkle like diamonds” as well as “Also you make my heart pound so fast like a train.” Lily, the mother of the boy, joined the show on the phone from Tampa, Florida.
Lily said she was shocked to learn about the situation, because when the boy had talked about writing the note with her and her husband, they said it was fine as long as he was respectful. Little girls want to be complimented and respected, and they made that clear with him. Lily said that since her son got in trouble, he said he didn’t want to go to school for Valentine’s Day because he was afraid of getting in trouble for passing out Valentines.
The Doctors: Disciplined Over Love Letter
Dr Jennifer Berman explained that a 9-year-old is not sexually mature, so to call it sexual harassment is wrong. The message, she believes, is more about delivering unwanted messages. Dr Rachael Ross argued that at that age, a lot of girls will be shy and act like they don’t want the notes just to be “cute.” The school district said the boy wrote more than one note and the notes were unwanted and that’s why it qualified as harassment.
But as Dr Travis Stork said, what’s it say about our society that kids can no longer write love notes to each out without getting into trouble? What would you do if this happened to your son? What if your daughter was on the receiving end?
The Doctors: WEN Hair Care Line Makes Your Hair Fall Out?
The Doctors then moved on to talk about reports that the WEN Hair Care line created by celebrity hair stylist Chaz Dean, makes consumers’ hair fall out. There’s been a ton of social media backlash after several women have gone online to post on social media, even including pictures of bald spots and hair loss. One woman posted “I used WEN twice… The second time, as I was washing it out of my hair, CLUMPS of my hair came out in my hands…” They added “…if they are not going to take it off the market, they should be forced to put a warning label on it.
More than 200 women in 40 states have joined a class action lawsuit against the brand. There’s a lot of other women who say they love the product and haven’t had any issues. Dr Ross argued that just about every product known for hair care, has caused some women’s hair to fall out because of allergic reactions or whatever the reason. The WEN hair care line has actually made $100 million only in its second year, so a lot of women are buying the product.
The Doctors: Statement From WEN About Hair Loss Lawsuit
The Doctors shared an excerpt from WEN’s statement, reading “We take great pride in the quality of our products and believe every product meets our high standards. Importantly, there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support any claim that our hair care products can cause anyone to lose their hair. There are many reasons why individuals may lose their hair, all unrelated to WEN hair care products. We will vigorously contest the allegations made against our products.”
The Doctors: Babies Born With Drug Addiction
The Doctors switched gears once more to discuss the devastating effects of drug addiction in pregnant women. Every 19 minutes a child in the U.S. is born with an opioid addiction they have inherited from their drug-addicted mothers. A West Virginia hospital shared the disturbing video of a newborn child going through opiate withdrawal. For some of the newborns, there is a happy ending, but the minute the umbilical cord is cut, their opiate supply is cut. About half of the babies born of mothers with a drug addiction will have symptoms like what could be seen in the video. Heroin abuse has nearly doubled in the U.S.
Former addict Katy joined the show over the phone, sharing that she was abusing heroin while pregnant. She didn’t lose custody of her baby, but she still struggles with the guilt. She made it her mission to try to help others and show people that change is possible. Her baby is about to turn one and Katy said she’s doing really well.
Pregnant mothers will often avoid seeking help out of fear, but it’s never too late to get help to not only save your life but the life of your baby as well.