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January 06, 2009

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SUSAN L.RUDNICK

DEAR COLLEEN,I SENT A MESSAGE TO THE FAMILY OF THIS YOUNG MAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN SUCH A HORRIFIC AND SENSELESS MANNER.HOPEFULLY OTHER TEANS WILL THINK TWICE ABOUT WHAT THEY DO FOR RECREATION .WHY ARE THEY SO QUICK TO GROW UP?CHILDHOOD IS SUPPOSSED TO BE FULL OF BALL GAMES,RIDING BIKES ETC,NOT ACTING LIKE AN ADULT (STUPID).WHAT A SHAME . I THINK THAT THIS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SHOULD ALL LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS YOUTHS FATE.SUSAN L.RUDNICK

tommy

Kids are always going to experiment and push the envelope. They want to grow up too fast. We did the same thing, each in our own way. Unfortunately, some of them won't survive the process. I think one of the reasons they don't "get it" is because the message we're sending contradicts everything they see around them. As parents, we're the only ones telling the kids to fly right. Everything else they see tells them that life is a big party and the bill will never come due. When they become teenagers, they begin to see that we don't know everything so they allow the pendulum to swing all the way to we don't know anything. Couple that with the fact that we're the only ones telling them to do the right thing, while all the forces around them are pushing them to the dark side, and we get results like this poor kid. We tell them the stuff they don't want to hear. We were lucky. My daughter joined the ambulance corps and rode with her mom and me. She got to see first hand as a teenager the effects of the dark side on her peers, alcohol, drugs, violence, sex...the ugly, rotting side of what society is selling. In our case, it worked. It could have just as easily have gone the other way, in a quick second. My heart breaks for the Quedens, and all the families of those kids who'll follow him down that path.

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