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6-year-old victim of South Carolina school shooting to have superhero funeral

The family of Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old who died days after he was critically injured in a South Carolina school shooting, will pay tribute to the boy with a superhero-themed funeral.

The family of 6-year old Jacob Hall speaks about his passing. The first-grader died this afternoon, three days after being shot at Townville Elementary School.Posted by Fox Carolina News on Saturday, October 1, 2016

According to WHNS, Jacob, a first-grader at Townville Elementary School in Townville, was on the playground Wednesday when police say a 14-year-old gunman opened fire, shooting the boy in the leg. The loss of blood caused Jacob to suffer a "major brain injury," The Associated Press reported. He died Saturday afternoon.

>> Coroner: 6-year-old victim of South Carolina school shooting has died

The teen, who authorities believe fatally shot his father before the rampage, also injured two others at the school – a teacher and a student – before he was taken into custody, police said. 

Anderson School District 4 and the staff and students at Townville Elementary mourn the loss of 6-year-old Jacob Hall. ...Posted by Joanne Avery on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Jacob's mother, Renae Hall, told reporters Saturday that Jacob loved superheroes – especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – and "wanted to save everybody," WHNS reported.

>> South Carolina school shooting: Suspected gunman's father found dead

So that's how his family will remember him at his funeral Wednesday.

"I don't want suits and ties and all that," Hall said of the service, set for 11 a.m. at Oakdale Baptist Church. "There will be a lot of children there, and I don't want it to be scary for them. Jacob will be dressed in his superhero costume."

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The pallbearers also will wear superhero costumes, said Hall, who is encouraging guests to dress as their favorite heroes.

Batman and a special Batmobile will be at the funeral, as well, thanks to charity group Heroes 4 Higher.

“We’re just going there to honor his life and celebrate him,” John Buckland, founder of Heroes 4 Higher, told the Huffington Post. “We’re really just there to go and support his family, and at the same time, we want to take this situation and inspire people to take pain and turn it into power.”

Read more here and here.

The Townville Tragedy; Jacob Hall update 10/1/16 3:40pm: The saddest news... Little Jacob has been removed from life...Posted by Alan Clemmons on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Watch this baby light up when she sees her mom clearly for the very first time

A baby’s adorable reaction to seeing her mom clearly for the first time is going viral.

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Three-month-old Tilly was able to see her mom perfectly after she slipped on a pair of glasses.

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The video, shared on YouTube last December by Tyson Hafen, shows Tilly's mom sliding the glasses onto the baby’s face. Tilly immediately lights up when she sees her mother.

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Honest kids' menu at deli makes parents chuckle

Parents know how frustrating it can be when dining out with children, who are often picky or indecisive. A deli in Pennsylvania has developed a menu for kids that addresses those issues perfectly.

The Deli at Mansion Park in Altoona offers a kids’ menu with items like, “I Don’t Know,” which is a hot dog with french fries and “I’m Not Hungry,” which is a grilled cheese with french fries. Indifferent kids can order “I Don’t Care,” which is chicken tenders with french fries. For stubborn kids who don’t want anything on the menu, there’s “I Don’t Want That,” which is fish sticks with french fries.

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Customer Nick Moist posted an image of the menu on Reddit, where it quickly went viral, receiving a great deal of support from parents. Deli manager Brian Stroh told The Huffington Post that the menu has been a hit since it was unveiled in September. 

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Breastfeeding mom claims deputy threatened to arrest her for being 'offensive'

A woman who was breastfeeding in Columbus, Georgia, took to Facebook after claiming a deputy threatened to arrest her for doing so, saying some may find it “offensive.”

Savvy Shukla uploaded a lengthy post to Facebook on Sunday explaining the incident. Shukla said she was at Piggly Wiggly with her sister and two children when a deputy came up to her.

>> Read the Facebook post here

Posted by Savvy Shukla on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shukla said she told the deputy that Georgia law allows her to breastfeed in public. The deputy then fired back, she said.

“You just THINK you know what the law says and if your nipple becomes exposed I really don’t want to have to arrest you or you be arrested for being offensive. This isn’t like the first amendment where you can say something offensive,” Shukla claimed the angry deputy told her.

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“I’m so upset about it and I understand why this type of harassment can cause moms to stop,” she added.

Muscogee County Sheriff John T. Darr wrote about the incident on his Facebook page Monday morning and clarified that breastfeeding is legal in Georgia.

"We are currently looking into this incident, and it will be addressed," Darr wrote. "Our office does not condone these actions and will ensure all officers know and understand the law. On behalf of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, I would like to personally extend an apology to the woman involved, and we hope that she knows that these are not the opinions or practices of the office as a whole."

>> Read the full post here

Good Morning, I have seen and am aware of a post circulating Facebook, regarding a situation between a Muscogee County...Posted by Sheriff John T. Darr on Monday, September 26, 2016

Later, Darr told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that he talked to the deputy, who said he only told Shukla that she might want to "cover up" after customers approached him.

“I think she had the mindset that he said that she couldn’t (breastfeed), and that’s so far from the truth,” Darr told the Ledger-Enquirer. “That’s my problem. People put that stuff out there on Facebook without getting all the facts.”

Shukla took to Facebook again to respond to the article.

"I am FURIOUS!" she wrote. "No the Deputy didn't just tell me to cover and leave it at that. He ARGUED with me about the law and told me I just 'THINK' I know the law and THREATENED TO ARREST ME or that I'd be ARRESTED IN THE FUTURE. Are you kidding me!?"

>> Read the post here

I am FURIOUS! No the Deputy didn't just tell me to cover and leave it at that. He ARGUED with me about the law and...Posted by Savvy Shukla on Monday, September 26, 2016

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In heartwarming video, dad hospitalized after cancer diagnosis welcomes baby boy

An emotional video that shows a dad with cancer experiencing the birth of his son is going viral.

According to the Huffington Post, doctors diagnosed Cagney Wenk with stage-four gliboblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, three weeks before his fiancee, Jessica Li, was due to give birth to their son, Levon. As the Colorado man recovered from surgery in the ICU at Boulder Community Hospital, his nurses wanted to do something nice for the couple.

That's when they contacted an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep to document Wenk welcoming his baby boy.

On Sept. 18, Sarah Boccolucci, a photographer and videographer, captured the emotional moment Wenk was brought from the ICU for Levon's birth. Her heartwarming video has been viewed more than 24,000 times.

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“There is a point during the birth where Cagney tells Jessica that they are surrounded by all the love in the world right now,” Boccolucci told the Huffington Post. “It is my hope that people will see the video, feel the love this family shares, and help lift them up and make a donation if they are able.”

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She added, "My hope is that the family gets all the support they can and remain hopeful that Cagney will beat this cancer."

If you would like to donate to the family to help cover their medical costs, visit their GiveForward page.

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Anti-vaxxer mom changes mind when 3 kids fall ill

Anti-vaxxer mom changes mind when 3 kids fall ill

A Chicago area mother and teacher  is speaking out after her anti-vaccination stance led to her three children becoming severely ill.

WLS-TV reported that Kristen O'Meara was once a believer in anti-vaccination research, but when her children got rotavirus, she changed her mind.

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"It was awful, and it didn't have to happen, because I could have had them vaccinated," O'Meara told WLS-TV. "I felt guilty. I felt really guilty."

O'Meara and her husband also got sick.

O'Meara said after reading materials that said why vaccines could be harmful, she became convinced they were harmful and decided not to have her children vaccinated.

"I put my kids at risk," she told WLS-TV. "I wish that I had taken more time to research from both sides before my children were born."

Although there are  parents who believe in anti-vaccination because of concern over autism links, the American Academy of Pediatrics said it has routinely been disproven.

Her children, a 5-year old and 3-year-old twins, underwent an aggressive regimen to catch up on missed vaccines and are doing well.

WLS-TV reported that had O'Meara stuck to her anti-vaccination stance, her children could have died.

"I'm here because I wanted to share my personal story," O'Meara told WLS-TV. "If it does help someone change their mind, then that's great."

Use debate as teachable moment, parenting expert says

The presidential race might be one of the most negative and nasty campaigns in modern U.S. history, with candidates being attacked as criminals, racists, sexists and liars. And even if parents don't like it, children are being exposed to it in school, on television and online.

Parenting expert Stacy Skelly said parents need to look for teachable moments in this year's presidential election.

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"It actually gives you a chance to say, 'Here is what is happening in the world around you, and here is how you can think about it,'" said Skelly, who works for educational research think tank Pearson. "Explain the process instead of focusing on some of the nastiness we've been hearing."

Skelly said the first presidential debate can also be an opportunity to talk about bullying, and what behaviors are and are not acceptable.

Skelly said that among the questions that parents could consider asking their children when politics turn negative are, "Is that the way you want to be treated?" or, "What would you do if you saw someone being treated poorly?"

She said parents can play a role in raising the next generation of voters.

Skelly said it's important not to try to shield children from politics, but to discuss the policies of political parties and the importance of voting.

Dad's heart breaks when he sees son's loneliness noted on paper

People around the country are responding to a dad’s plea for help after seeing his son’s loneliness highlighted on one of his class assignments.

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Bob Cornelius of Rockaway, New Jersey, visited his 11-year-old son’s open house night, where he saw some of his son’s work posted on a bulletin board. Cornelius took a photo and didn’t notice anything was off until he took a closer look later that night.

Christopher has autism, which Cornelius said makes it hard for Christopher to make friends.

Under a question that asked students to list some of their friends, Christopher wrote, “No one.” Cornelius said those words were “like a gut punch.”

“Never have five letters cut so deep, and they weren’t even directed at me … it was just an overly simplistic statement that spoke volumes,” Cornelius wrote. “And because I know him so well, and because I have a pretty good handle on him after raising him for 11 years, I know this disconnect makes him feel lonely.”

Cornelius doesn’t blame Christopher’s fellow classmates for excluding him, noting that those kids are also developing their social skills. Instead, he asked fellow parents to encourage their kids to befriend classmates who may seem different.

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“I don’t mean to imply that parents that don’t have this conversation with their kids are bad people, but only that somewhere in between working, soccer practice, and homework, it never occurred to them to have this particular conversation,” Cornelius wrote.

Cornelius said even just one friend would help his son tremendously.

“And the child that will finally reach out to him, that will help him, that will include him, will be the kindest child, the child that does the right thing by going above and beyond,” Cornelius wrote. “He will be Charlie Bucket.”

Since posting the story Monday, it has been shared more than 46,000 times.

Read more here.

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