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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 27, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                South Bend Clay wins state Vol 143 No 203 Kokomo Ind Sunday March Palms into crosses Emily Pierce Kokomo admires the cross she made by folding a palm Traditionally teenage members of the St Andrews Epis copal Church fold palms into crosses and give them to parishioners today for Palm Sunday The teenagers are to make 300 of the crosses Tribune photo by Ann Farrar Kokomo man dies after allegedly sniffing butane By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer An 18yearold Kokomo man after was sniffing butane which is used as a fuel and as an aerosol propel lant Curtis Andrew Stone 18 1801 Northview died at Howard County Coroner Jeff Stout said The official cause of death is unknown until an autopsy can be performed He said that will be done today Well see it we can find any traces of he said Butane is a colorless odorless gas and it doesnt show up well on an autopsy but sniffing butane does cause respiratory arrest and cardiac Stout added this is the second death he has seen as the county coroner that was caused by sniff ing butane In July 1991 James Ice 16 died from sniffing butane Stout said The two deaths should send a message out to people he said Sniffing butane is just like Russian roulette with he said playing I your Stout was nearby at a church and attempted to revive the teen ager Stout said that he heard the call on a radio about an 18year old man not breathing When I heard the call I jumped in my car and went he said When he arrived the teen was not breathing Stout then administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation but it was too late he said Emergency medical technicians from Howard Community Hospi tal arrived shortly afterward and transported the teen to the emer gency room where he was pro nounced dead Stout said The coroner said that several people may have been involved in the butane sniffing but he had no other information He did say that the Howard County Sheriff Department and Howard County Coroners office are investigating the case Sheriff deputies were unavail able Saturday night to provide further information 4 Council would end pain of child abuse Every Child Counts is theme of observance By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer Springtime for most children is a time to enjoy the outdoors but others are unable to enjoy the spring because of the pain in their lives caused by child abuse More than children are abused or neglected in this coun try every day according to the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse In Howard County between January and September of 1993 there were 668 reported child abuse and neglect victims Of those 352 either indicated abuse occurred or were substantiated according to the Child Protection Services statistics The month of April is set aside each year for Child Abuse Preven tion Awareness Month which is observed locally and nationally in an attempt to prevent abuse from happening to more children The Howard County Child Abuse Prevention Council has selected this years theme Every Child According to Judy Dennis coor dinator for the council the theme was chosen to urge all Hoosiers to get involved support stressed out parents use words that help not nurt and report suspected child abuse to the Child Protection Services The council was formally char tered by the Indiana Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse in 1989 By definition child abuse is an injury to a child or a pattern of injuries either physical or emo tional to a child that is nonacci dental Child abuse falls into four categories physical abuse physi cal neglect sexual abuse and emo tional neglect according to the council The council also pointed out that child abuse happens everywhere among poor mid dle class and upper class people in rural areas suburbs and cities Child abuse is everybodys Inside todays Tribune Business Classified Dr Local News of Mock trial convicts students By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer When six students in Alan Tun mers sixthperiod sophomore world history class at Taylor High School swore they didn t cheat at an extracredit game Tunmer told them to take it to court They maintained their inno cence so Tunmer said with a smile so thats when I say OK lets go to The March 18 mock trial con ducted in the classroom lasted three class periods and involved witnesses from throughout the high school After deliberating about 20 min utes a 17 member jury composed of students in the class found three innocent and three One student was found guilty of one count each of illegally copying notes illegal search and seizure and bribery Two others were found guilty of using the illegally copied notes Tunmer The hardest thing to figure out was whose idea it jury fore woman Brandi Lingo 16 said of the case We couldnt decide whether to put two counts against them or just one It wasnt unani mous so we just put one count against them for The sentence from the judge Tunmer was the students choice of detention or deduction of class points And the teacher said there wont be an appeal It was a final he said The world history class was recently split into groups of six to orally answer chapterreview questions as part of an extracredit game Tunmer said Students were allowed to use handwritten notes to answer the questions but it was against the rules to photo copy the information But two people in one of the groups were caught using photo copied notes during the game Tunmer said although they denied any wrongdoing The teacher said he does not normally solve disciplinary problems by setting up mock trials but this instance seemed to be perfect for such a tactic Please see Mock P8 Child Abuse Prevention Month Related story Volunteer advo cates are needed Page 3 problem and we must work together to prevent the hurt before it Dennis said One way child abuse can be pre vented is by educating wouldbe parents on the hazards of parent hood according to the council Nothing helps your survival as a parent more than discipline the council said Discipline should be given in doses that fit the age of the child and the size of the prob lem Below are several tips fur nished by the Prevention of Child Abuse Council Babies are never candidates for discipline theyre too little Use discipline sparingly all children react better to approval and affection Be consistent whatever type of discipline you choose use it in every situation even in public or when other family members are present Discipline only when reason able expectations are not met define clearly what you expect from them Review expectations regularly there are no perfect children or perfect parents If a child does not meet expectations the expecta tions probably need to be changed not the child This year the council is initiat ing a Blue Ribbon Campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month which is a symbol associated with preventing child abuse This campaign started in the spring of 1989 when Bonnie Finney a Norfolk Va grand mother took a stand against child abuse when she tied a symbolic blue ribbon to her van following the tragic loss of her grandson Michael Wayne Dickenson Local organizations city and county employees businesses and churches are becoming involved in the campaign Dennis said The blue ribbon serves as con stant reminder to fight for protec tion for our she said We must protect our most pre cious gift of all our The council promotes communi ty awareness and community education regarding child abuse and neglect coordinates preven tion efforts and advocates public policies programs and legislation which will enhance the quality of life for children and families Den nis said In an effort to raise funds for child abuse prevention programs in Howard County the Kokomo Exchange Club is building a paperlink chain with the cooper ation of WalMart and Sams Club Kokomo Mayor Robert Sargen ts proclamation marking the peri od from March 19 through April 9 Quarters for Kids A chainlink can be purchased for a quarter and the buyers name will be placed on the This is part of a nationwide cam1 paign and Kokomos chain will be forwarded to the National Exchange Clubs 76th convention to be joined to others from across the nation Progress Edition out Jim Branch carrier for the Kokomo Tribune receives his Progress Edition inserts The 80page edition which will be in todays Kokomo Tribune features stories and photos of historical businesses to commemorate the sesquicentennial celebration which marks the 150th anniversary of Kokomo and Howard County Tribune photo by Ann Farrar   

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