There are two sides to every story; however, I got only one side while reading the story “Homelessness turned EL student into advocate” (Sun Journal, Feb. 13).
That homeless teenager says that he and his family weren’t getting along, and that he was tired of the yelling and screaming, and that he was more comfortable in a homeless shelter. The story states that he is reluctant to give specifics. That leaves much room for my imagination.
Was he abused? Are his parents drug addicts, alcoholics or criminals?
Or are his parents strict and have high standards for their son?
Was this boy rebellious and nonconforming to house rules and values held by the parents?
The story goes on to say that moving into a homeless shelter was scary for a 16-year-old and that his parents were not financially supporting him. If the latter of the two of my assumptions is true, then I am glad this experience was a scary one for him and, of course, his parents are not going to send him finances at the shelter because all he has to do is follow the rules and it will provide him shelter.
All that is mentioned in the story is that they weren’t getting along and some yelling was going on. That is not an uncommon situation in a home with a teenager.
Without more information, I feel bad for the parents, as their last name was smeared in the newspaper.
The Rev. Douglas Taylor, Lewiston