A very heartbreaking and troubling event has reared its ugly head in our community. As community members, we all must take responsibility for the futures of three young boys. We need to band together to help the families of all involved to come to a fair and reasonable solution to a situation concocted of mistakes, poor judgment and certainly regrettable actions involving young people in our community.
In all fairness, to commit teenage boys to prison for this incident would almost be comparing our judicial system to that of a third-world country. No one is excusing any actions or events that supposedly transpired, but please, look at the big picture. Consider the amount of money it would take to house these boys in prison for 10 years compared to what this money could do to the betterment of our educational system is phenomenal.
Can society truly parallel these teenage boys' situation to that of a true child molester? As an educator for 24 years I have learned from the start that every child has their own unique way of learning. There is not an "All for one, one for all" mentality because it does not exist! This would never work in education, and it will not work in our judicial system.
All of these children are victims in this occurrence. Do we realize that no amount of parental sheltering has shielded this generation of teenagers for the bombardment of sex and violence being a common place in today's society? Blanket justice is not the answer. The punishment must fit the crime, as was written in the Constitution.
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