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Lesson Plans

Littleton, CO

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joym (joym)
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 20:34:33 -0400

BluesTruth has asked me to share my thoughts. This is an especially
touching situation for me, as my niece used to live in Littleton. Do I
think these kids need help? Yes. There are many kids out there who suffer
needlessly in silence. I just heard someone on TV give advice to parents to
let the kids come to them. No, parents have to be more involved, more
active, better role models as do teachers & community members. As we listen
to the accounts coming out of Littleton, it's clear that people knew there
were some things "not quite right". Adults have to not only make themselves
available to kids, they have to actively seek & draw them out. If kids are
well known as outcasts, does it occur to anyone that those circumstances
create emotional pain & conflict that should be addressed? If your child
were building bombs with supplies stored in your house would you know? If
not, why not. If you kid had a hate or violence focused website, would you
know? If not why not. I believe there are lots of "lost" kids out there,
from upper class families as well as the lower - all needing things that
our fast paced society no longer readily provides - time, attention,
direction, positive influence, family talks.

Joy Moody, Art Therapist/Licensed Clinical Counselor/Basketmaker

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