D. Taylor: Another side of the story

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

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CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

discipline

I'm not against discipline at all if it is age appropriate and loving but there are sometimes issues, the parent's or the child's, of addiction, abuse, mental illness, retardation, or sexual orientation that cannot really be fixed with discipline alone. That's what a counselor has to sort out. The best way to fix things. I have not noticed that jails are really good at this sort of thing. If it is solely a matter of discipline sometimes the military does a good job at giving a person a sense of direction.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

This statement made by Claire

This statement made by Claire is so true ( While teen-agers are notorious for making really bad decisions, I'm inclined to think that they would not give up three squares and a warm, safe bed lightly for any length of time). However I do not think this is the case. It is a matter of who is providing the shelter & food. I can tell you that groups like the one in the story do not have my values nor do they have respect for my kind of house rules. It would be a walk in the park for my kids to be in a place that does not have high standards or respect for house rules. For example socity has become so week that my discipline is stricter then those who go to jail. (Jail is a walk in the park and is not a real punishment) They offer 3 meals and a warm bed at night too.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Homeless teens

While teen-agers are notorious for making really bad decisions, I'm inclined to think that they would not give up three squares and a warm, safe bed lightly for any length of time. Most of the time there are serious issues that are best handled by family counseling if they can be handled at all. Certainly, no disinterested observer is in a position to help. It is important though for the community to know that we do have among us teens who are being left behind. And I believe we have hundreds of them in our community living in abandoned apartments, cars, with friends etc. These kids think they are leaving home to become adults but in reality they lose out on acquiring any of the job skills, communication skills, negotiation skills that could make them successful as adults. Sadly, unless someone like the Rev. Taylor,or school counselor intervenes, that shelter may very well be the best address this kid will ever know.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Left To My Imagination.

I have seen good homes destroyed by social organizations.Parents have to pay to put up with a childs bad behavior and at New Beginnings and other group homes and organizations they get paid to put up with a childs bad behavior.If these so called councilors had to pay instead of getting paid to put up with all the bologna that would be the end of all the so called help. This story is to vague and I have seen to much stupid stuff go on over the years that stoy leaves to much for my imagination. It would take all day for me to respond to everything that is wrong with story.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

It gets frustrating at times

It gets frustrating at times when I read a story that generates more questions than it answers.

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