We must #pay more #attention to #child abuse; #Extraction’s effort to ‘listen’ isn’t #enough

WE MUST PAY MORE ATTENTION TO CHILD ABUSE

Hi, I’m Chloe Kosola, a ninth-grader at Windsor High School, and I’m passionate about raising awareness of child abuse and how it affects the victim. Child abuse might seem like something that doesn’t happen anymore or that kids are misinterpreting punishment for abuse, but that is not the case.

I conducted a survey at my high school about how aware my peers are of child abuse and some of the results shocked me. 46.4 percent of the students who took my survey said they had experienced or knew someone who had experienced child abuse, which is shocking because Windsor seems like a safe town, but we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. I want to understand how being verbally, emotionally or physically abused and neglected affects a child in school and later on in life. I hope you want to learn more about the effects, too. In my opinion, making people more aware of abuse can empower them to look for signs of abuse and take action. These children just want to be loved and cared for, and maybe we can show them what that means. You, the people in our community, have the power to make a difference in this town and actually help people.

We can all do something to help these children who have to struggle every day, even if it is just educating ourselves about child abuse and looking for signs. You, the people of Windsor, can take action to aid victims of child abuse. Everyone can work together to put a stop to this problem. According to the article in Times Magazine “How child abuse primes the brain for future mental illness,” brain development, impaired social and learning abilities, and lower language development are just a few consequences of child abuse.

On average, the United States loses five children every day to child neglect and abuse. We have to take action to put a stop to these children’s pain. Please help me change this statistic and help the children and our community.

Chloe Kosola, Windsor

EXTRACTION’S EFFORT TO ‘LISTEN’ ISN’T ENOUGH

The Saturday Tribune carried Tyler Silvy’s article regarding an announcement by Extraction Oil and Gas stating policy for future drilling operations in Bella Romero Academy’s backyard.

Here are a few highlights of the announcement: Eighty percent of drilling operations would occur outside of school hours. Within the next two weeks, the company will use a smaller electric drilling rig, which Extraction spokesman Brian Cain called “phenomenally quiet.” After the students leave school May 23, Extraction will bring in a larger traditional rig.

All this is dressed up as good news for the community. “We listen to our communities,” Cain said. County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer agrees: “Extraction is going above and beyond to be a good neighbor.” Even our Greeley-Evans School District 6 Superintendent Deirdre Pilch called the announcement a step in the right direction. Really?

Isn’t Extraction still getting what it wants? Isn’t the company still going to “extract” from the school’s backyard? Even though the process is “phenomenally quiet,” is not our children’s health potentially jeopardized? Phyllis Endicott in her column on Wednesday brings to light studies that show significant negative health outcomes for those living near fracking sites. The industry releases volatile organic compounds, such as benzene and formaldehyde, which compromise a plethora of health systems. Why is no mention made of these threats in the May 5 article?

If Extraction truly had an ear for the community, the company might consider placing a sidewalk for the safety of the children. Or even better, recognize the health implications on our most vulnerable and voiceless elements of our population and abandon the site. Absent that, their words are oily at best.