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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 09:08 PM
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60. parental rights I'm for but some parents don't act responsibly--cases in point:
Edited on Thu Dec-08-11 09:28 PM by wordpix
I teach teens in an area of high unemployment, poverty, and low skills in the inner city. I've got kids I care about whose parents are drunks, they smoke crack in front of the kids, they take the kids' money and don't give the kids a bed or a mattress, they don't care if their 12 y.o. daughter skips school and has a line of boys out the door to see her, they ridicule their kids who are trying to stay in school and learn, the fathers beat the mothers, one parent tried to commit suicide in the home and the boy had to cut him down from the rope, one boy resorts to fighting (like cockfighting, only with young men) to make money to eat, some truants have ZERO high school credits at age 18, and there are LOTS of girls walking around pregnant with no skills, no boyfriend, no diploma, as young as 12 and 13...ALL these are true stories.

You're all for parental rights but some of these parents have poor decision-making abilities that are worse than their kids'. If Plan B is safe, put it on the shelf.
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