Gabriel Roth is out this week, but Rebecca Lavoie and Carvell Wallace are here with Allison Benedikt to discuss taxidermied animals, being without your kids, summer camp compromises, and a listener question about whether to take a young child on a trip to Africa. They also talked with Bo Burnham, writer and director of the movie Eighth Grade, and Betsy Bozdech, executive editor at Common Sense Media, about the film.
The gunman who murdered nine people at a Munich mall Friday may have attempted to lure young people to the scene of the crime with a fake Facebook post offering free food, authorities said Saturday. Many of the victims were young people, and the 18-year-old high school student wounded 27 others during his rampage before turning the gun on himself. The gunman, who had Iranian and German citizenship, may have tried to attract people to the mall's McDonald's restaurant prior to the shooting using a hacked Facebook account that offered free food, Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian state criminal agency, told a news conference. "[He] said he would treat them to what they wanted as long as it wasn't too expensive -- that was the invitation," Heimberger said, according to Reuters. This line of inquiry still needs to be verified, he added.
The mother of a teenager who took his life because of online bullying has urged others not to ignore the issue. Lucy Alexander from Worcester wrote an open letter appealing for "children to be kind ALWAYS and never stand by and leave bullying unreported". She said her son Felix, 17, was subjected to "cruel and overwhelming" taunts on social media since he was 10, which eventually became unbearable. The sixth form student died after being hit by a train on April 27. In a letter published in the Worcester News, Ms Alexander said: "His confidence and self-esteem had been eroded over a long period of time by the bullying behaviour he experienced in secondary education.
The law is one of the most sweeping attempts yet to address growing concerns among parents and educators that a generation of children is growing up addicted to the mobile devices in their pockets. France's education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, says the ban, which applies to the French equivalent of preschool through ninth grade, is intended to remove distractions during class and to encourage children to read a book or play outside during recreation. He says he hopes the law will serve as a symbolic message to both children and adults beyond school. "We're not seeking to reject technological progress--that would be absurd--but rather to master it, to make sure man is the master of the machine," said Mr. Blanquer, who himself has two smartphones. "It all begins with education."
An Egyptian court has sentenced a 17-year-old high school student to eight years in prison for allegedly joining the Muslim Brotherhood and using Facebook to spread "hatred of the regime." Egyptian authorities took Raaga Imara and her father in for "questioning" on Jan. 5, but only released her father. Imara allegedly runs Students Against the Coup, a Facebook page with more than 227,000 likes that contains writings and imagery against the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Former General Sisi came to power in 2013 as the military overthrew the elected government of former President Mohammed Morsi. The new government has since arrested hundreds of people they claim belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, a now-banned religious organization of which Morsi is associated.