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Ketchikan Youth
By Sara Skan


September 14, 2009

After reading and agreeing with Public Nuisance by Harry Howard, it got me thinking. Yes, there are quite a bit of Ketchikan youth that is disrespectful, destructive amongst other things. However, there is also a side of our beautiful town's youth that is worth encouraging. Three of my four children are enrolled in the Ketchikan school district, on many occasions my oldest has spoken with me about the things that are said and done on the bus, the way the "older kids talk" It makes me nervous to send her off! She is learning things that she shouldn't know at her age, things their father and I should be discussing with them at what we feel is the appropriate time. As a parent I also know that I am responsible for teaching my children to have good judgment and knowing the difference between right and wrong. Having respect and compassion for their elders and one another.

I know that I am obviously not the only one in this community to notice that there is a lot going on with our Ketchikan youth. Suicides, vandalism, vulgarity, ect..ect.. I don't want to turn my head, I don't want to walk away shaking my head. Our children could become victims, or worse responsible for these actions.

On the other hand, I know of so many parents/guardians that spend the time to ask their child how their day was, discuss problems and encourage their children to do and be the best they can be. It truly makes a difference. I also know that there are parents that are 100% involved with their children and still wind up asking themselves "What did I do wrong?" Is it the peers they hang out with? So many kids out there of all ages, deserve to be recognized for all that they are, all that they do. What can we do as parents to better our children's lives, to help them make good choices? Why are some parents out there destroying their children and their innocence? How can we turn this around? There are answers and we need to find them out and act on them. For our children, for our community! I will personally volunteer to do whatever I can. Anything! I will continue to pray, so many of us are.

Sara Skan
Ketchikan, AK

Received September 13, 2009 - Published September 14, 2009


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