Usually when you stand before a judge it is too late and ignorance is no defense. This time a judge takes off his robe and stands before a group to inform the public.
I applaud Columbia County Chief Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett for putting together such an event. I hope parents will use this information to protect and hold accountable their teens. The issues covered were the laws and how they will affect their teens such as drugs, alcohol and sex. While these are uncomfortable subjects, Padgett was able to state the facts as well as the consequences. This should be a required course for all parents and teens.
Next Padgett will talk to the teens. I encourage parents to send their kids to this event. If one family is saved from having to go through the legal system it will be worth it.
Knowledge is a powerful tool. While I might not agree in how the laws are applied, at least I know what they are. Teens and the law is a category that must be treated differently. Until then I hope that events like this on and those to follow will at least encourage a discussion with your teens. Don't be afraid to ask the tough questions and educate yourself and your child. It could save their future.
(Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett's next Teenage Years 101 seminar, for teens only, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library. A session for adults will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Augusta Prep Performing Arts Center, with a session for teens at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.)
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