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Dear Editor, I enjoy researching statistics, realizing they do not always present an accurate picture.

Ignoring Children at Risk

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Dear Editor,

I enjoy researching statistics, realizing they do not always present an accurate picture.

A search of the Abaconian of May 1st showed 21 photos with stories of successful children.

Congratulation to the students, teachers, parents and thanks to the organization that supports them.

But the purpose of this letter is to express my concern over the lack of attention given to those students at risk, as well as to the young men on the blocks. I suggest they are being ignored (with few exceptions) at our peril.

Yes I know there are youth groups, church groups etc., but seldom do they reach the ones that need attention and support.

We need mentoring, one on one and with the right programs at the high school levels, and much can be accomplished.

If 500 responsible Bahamians would each volunteer to mentor a young person, overnight there would be improvements.

During the past year I have assisted three young men, with success, saved one from going to prison.

Come on my fellow Bahamians, churches, service clubs, business houses, etc, let’s realize the seriousness of the deteriorating social fiber of our Bahamaland and do more to save it.

For what it is worth,

Patrick J. Bethel

 

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