Taylor Anderton and Michael Cox, who were both born with Down syndrome, have known each other for six years and been a serious couple since last year. When Michael partnered Taylor at the 16th Gold Coast Debutante Ball for Disability, they had already decided they will spend the rest of their lives together.
"Two months ago was the first time I cried during parent/teacher conferences. A mom of a student who I have taught for two years showed up at my table with a list of her daughter’s teachers. Each one had “yes” or “no” written next to it. My name had a “yes” next to it, so she proceeded to explain to me the reason for her daughter’s extended absence. Her daughter- a friendly, intelligent, beautiful, driven, young woman- not only planned to commit suicide, but was in the act of doing so when the police got a Safe 2 Tell report, broke in, and stopped her. She had deleted her social media accounts and left goodbye letters; she was ready to leave the world. As her mom sat across from me, we both had tears streaming down our faces. Feeling helpless, I asked if I could write my student a letter to be delivered to her at the hospital; she said her daughter would love that. My student got the letter; her mom said that her daughter cried, turned to her mom and said, 'How could somebody say such nice things about me? I didn’t think anybody would miss me if I was gone.' It made me realize that I was way too close to losing another student to suicide. I spent the next 2 months writing cards to every one of my students- over 100 of them- telling each one what is special and unique about them. Suicide is growing to be more and more common, and I can’t help but to think that it’s a direct result of the pressure we put on these kids- to be successful, to fit in, to be the best in their class/sport/etc. We need to remember that each human being is unique, and that is what makes them special. Instead of trying to change it, we need to embrace it, because together, we can make a difference, and we can save lives!"
SUMMER WARNING A reminder that if the ground is too hot for your feet, then it's also too hot for your pet's paws. It's advised you walk pets on the grass and to check the pavement to avoid burning the padding on their paws. (City Farmers Dog Wash Cannington & Nedlands)
A hidden camera in an Adelaide nursing home has captured footage of a staff member appearing to attempt to suffocate an 89-year-old man. It has prompted calls to legalise the installation of cameras in the private rooms of aged care facilities. More tonight on 7.30.
Thousands of tourists travel to South Africa every year to go game hunting. It's big business and every animal has a price. But the hunting doesn't take place in the wild. Around 70 per cent of wild animals live in vast private domains which are fenced off, leaving the animals little chance of escape.
Watch 'Safari Tourism: Paying to Kill', Monday night on Four Corners. #trophyhunting