As you send your children back to school, I hope you are asking yourself, how will the governor’s new guidelines impact my child’s mental health?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s insane guidelines are designed to dehumanize our kids. Imagine being a child or young adult and seeing your best friend but not being able to give them a hug or a high five if they are feeling down. Our kids will be in a quasi-isolation unable to interact in a humane way while their identity is taken away from them while they wear a mask most of the day all the while being bombarded with chemicals so we can kill every germ good or bad.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25 percent of young adults have considered suicide since the coronavirus pandemic struck the United States. Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April through June compared with the same period in 2019. (CDC.gov Aug. 13).

Children need social interaction to thrive, and we are teaching them that human interaction is bad. Other people are existential threats. Blind obedience is virtuous. I believe we should be teaching our kids to think for themselves. Teach them empathy and compassion.

If we don’t wake up and stop the insanity, kids who once loved school and learning will soon hate it. We will be left with a broken generation who will suffer from lifelong mental health issues. If a society is judged by how we treat our children and our elderly, we are certainly failing.

Jay Gauthier

Three Mile Bay

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(4) comments

minder

The pandemic is the enemy. You have the luxury of living in an area that has had relatively few outbreaks due to the effective measures enacted in our state. I am shocked that you would promote discontent with attempts to continue the progress for the well-being of all, children, adults and businesses. You have a very limited view from your protected bubble. Look outside of it. This disease can change your circumstances very quickly and devastatingly. Kids will do as well as the adults around them determine they will do. If they have angry, reactive role models they won't fare so well with temporary change. If they have mature, well-informed and reasonable role models to help them adjust to change, they will do better.

Pitbull

How about this idea, minder? If you live in an area where this is a big deal, and the majority of people want to keep kids home, why don't you take care of your own business. I don't live in NYC or anywhere near it. I live in the boondocks. So Cuomo's rules don't reflect our values. They reflect his Queens values. Not sure if you're labeling me as "angry and reactive, uninformed, and unreasonable". If so, take a chill pill.

Pitbull

You're right on every count, Jay. This whole, "We have to protect our kids!" hyperventilation is off the charts insane. Kids are rarely getting sick from this. In schools now the liberal, union oriented teachers are putting plexiglass around their desks while the down to earth types realize that there is a bigger picture here. Cuomo and NYSUT are warping the picture for political purposes. Once again, we're quarantining the wrong people. We have really bad leadership in this state.

rockloper

Yup the world is gonna fall apart because little Johnny can't slobber on all his playmates and teachers.

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