Our society and justice system never takes into consideration that children are not yet fully developed emotionally or psychologically and that most have not received a proper education.
From one mistake, we label them a threat and "Menaces to Society". We conclude that juvenile offenders will never contribute anything worthwhile to society. But, how can we make this detrmination against our youth?
Drugs are the biggest problems plaguing our youth, with the ages of drug users steadily decreasing. WHat makes a young person take drugs? To some drugs serve as a way to escape from problems of peer preasure, low self esteem and self worth and not feeling loved. These problems seem insurmountable to them.
Drugs lead to changes in behavior, which leads to violence,crime and eventually prison or death. If a person has cancer they receive treatment to battle their disease. The same should apply to our children
who use drugs. We need to provide them with counselling and treatment, not the prison system.
We should not turn our backs on them by simply locking them up in prison. By doing this we send them the message, "We don't have the time and patience to help you."
People who condemn the children do not realize what affect this has on them. WHo is to blame for all of this? We all need to take a look in the mirror.
We have the power to help our children become productive members of society or destructive juvenile offenders wreaking havoc on our communities. Their ability to choose well depends on us. Remember, our children's future depends on our choices.
Willie S. Scales
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