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With the following statements, Buchen has proven that there is a bias and prejudice against teens and especially those at risk: He said it is better to reward irresponsible behavior than to correct it, that $500,000 can be better spent for a few of our youth than for many other good kids who do not skateboard, that to some of our youth that “WORK” is a dirty four letter word and that the library building is for desecration and not for education.
Buchen is labeling skaters as bad kids.
What Buchen and many other community leaders and self proclaimed youth advocates in this community fail to realize is that the “good” kids aren’t the ones that need the help and the “good kids” aren’t the ones we should be concerned about. They’ve done well and are going to succeed.
But it seems that this community – the schools included until Grace Brown – only focuses on the “good kids.” Most civic programs have been aimed at the “good kids” and only deal with the rest when they got in trouble. It’s time for this community to take off the blinders and see that there are plenty of youth in this community at risk for bad behavior.
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