Franklin Square protest set for Tuesday afternoon

MedStar Franklin SquareAs previously reported, a protest has been planned for Tuesday afternoon in response to MedStar Franklin Square’s decision to abruptly shut down its pediatric services.

The protest will reportedly take place on Tuesday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. along Franklin Square Drive.

On Tuesday, the protest’s organizers issued a press release outlining what they hope to accomplish with the planned protest.

“On April 6, 2018 the administration of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (FSMC) abruptly and unexpectedly eliminated pediatric care in the hospital with no warning to the community that has supported and grown Franklin Square Medical Center over the past several decades,” states the release. “The consequences will be potentially life-threatening, with critically ill infants and young children now having to travel significant distances to obtain care at the next nearest hospital that has the level of services that MFSMC just cut.”

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“This pattern of behavior by MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center demonstrates a lack of respect for the needs of the local community and the medical staff that serves them,” the release continues. “With the construction of a new multi-million dollar surgical center, it appears that MedStar is prioritizing services that create profit rather than providing the full range of medical services to everyone in the community.

“Those attending the rally and their supporters make three demands:

  • That the Franklin Square Medical Center administration RESTORE safe, high quality pediatric emergency and for children in the communities served by Franklin Square.
  • That the administration of FSMC–and its parent company, MedStar–adopt new policies that will ensure the input of community and medical staff before closing any further medical services at the hospital.
  • That the General Assembly pass legislation requiring that any hospital in the state that receives state funding adopt policies as described above.”

Political candidates and the members of the media have reportedly been invited to the rally.

Franklin Square officials have offered no comment on the matter.


Protest planned after Franklin Square cuts pediatric services

MedStar Franklin SquareUPDATE: The rally organizers have issued a press release outlining what they hope to accomplish with Tuesday’s protest – details here.

Original story below…

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A protest is being planned after MedStar Franklin Square abruptly decided to close down its pediatric services last month.

“This week, we begin the process of consolidating our pediatric emergency services into our main emergency department where our young patients will continue to receive pediatric emergency care,” wrote Franklin Square officials in April. “We remain committed to treating pediatric patients in the emergency department, and will continue to call upon the expertise of a staff of pediatricians working there.”

“With the decrease in our pediatric patient volume, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue our pediatric inpatient service.”

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The decision has angered many in the local community.

This is a decision that eliminates a service that was needed and heavily used by the community and was the life’s work of doctors, nurses, philanthropists, managers, coordinators, community members and administrators,” wrote Dr. Glenn Treisman, Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School, in an op-ed piece for The Baltimore Sun. “This decision did not improve any aspect of health care.”

“The fallout from this (decision) has been nothing short of a public safety disaster,” states a letter received by The Baltimore Post.

Now, a protest has reportedly been scheduled for next week.

The protest will reportedly take place on Tuesday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. along Franklin Square Drive.  Political candidates and the members of the media have reportedly been invited.

Franklin Square officials have offered no comment on the matter.


Perry Hall High School students plan to join March 14 National Walkout

National Walkout 2018Students at Perry Hall High School are planning to join in the national walkout being planned for Wednesday, March 14.

According to The Action Network, “Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018.”

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The National School Walkout will take place exactly one month after the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The walkout’s goal is “to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship,” according to the event’s website.

Other nearby local schools participating include:

Chesapeake High School (21221)
Fallston High School (21047)
Loch Raven High School (21286)
Towson High School (21204)

Over 2,000 walkout events have been registered nationwide for March 14.


Eastern Tech students protest classmate’s social media pic with racial slur [PHOTO]

Eastern Tech HSStudents at an Essex in high school up in arms over a photo featuring a racial slur that was shared on social media this week.

The photo showed a student posing on a baseball diamond with a racial slur written in the dirt.  The photo was captioned, “Baseball is a white mans (sic) sport.”

The photo was posted the Snapchat, and it then circulated on Twitter on Wednesday.

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles famously uttered the original quote in the wake of some NFL players protesting during the national anthem, and the lack of baseball players doing the same.

Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Mychael Dickerson said Thursday that “appropriate disciplinary action is being taken.”

Approximately 200 students protested peacefully at the school.

An edited version of the photo can be seen below.

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