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Out of school shouldn't mean in trouble

Posted: May 22, 2013 - 12:04am

School is out. It’s up to parents to make sure trouble isn’t in.

Each year as the school year ends, thousands of students are turned loose to summer vacation. Many of them are kept in daycare facilities, or enrolled in camps or participate in other organized activities.

But many are left alone while their parents work, and far too many of them wind up looking for – and finding – mischief. Typically, the number of juvenile complaints rises during the summer as kids have more time and fewer people are watching them.

It’s an interesting commentary that the school system seems to help prevent crime merely by keeping tabs on children during the day.

What it really means is that during the summer, those children are even more their parents’ responsibility. Being out of school doesn’t need to lead to being in trouble.

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