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Moms, dads of gang kids ordered to parenting class
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101212/ap_on_re_us/us_gang_parenting ^

Posted on 12/12/2010 3:09:52 PM PST by Red in Blue PA

LOS ANGELES – It's a Saturday morning and a half-dozen adults are sitting in a high school classroom, staring at grim photos of sickly drug addicts and hearing about the deadly consequences of gang crime. They'd rather not be here, but a judge made them come.

The moms and dads were ordered to attend the class under a new California law giving judges the option of sending parents for training when their kids are convicted of gang crimes for the first time.

Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, the lawmaker behind the Parent Accountability Act, said it is the first state law to give judges the power to order parents of gang members to school, though other court-mandated classes exist at the local level.

"A lot of parents do not know how to handle teenagers," Mendoza said. "Now more than ever, parents need a guide."

The new law went into effect in January and eventually will be in place across California. Budget cuts in Sacramento meant implementation of the classes was delayed and only in the past month or so have they been rolled out on a limited basis in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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1 posted on 12/12/2010 3:09:56 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

While the parents are in their training classes, little Johnny is out with his homies doing more crimes.


2 posted on 12/12/2010 3:24:55 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I hate to tell ya, but if you haven’t got them under control by the time they’re teenagers, I seriously doubt they can be helped without some extreme tough love.


3 posted on 12/12/2010 3:25:08 PM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

I suppose that these classes are offered in various languages..another jobs program for the teachers unions and
bureaucrats.
Start deporting parents and deporting illegal kids and at least part of the problem would be solved.


4 posted on 12/12/2010 3:28:34 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Red in Blue PA

What they need is to spend a few Sundays in church learning how to parent from God’s perspective.

The ACLU would explode if a judge ever sent parents to biblical counseling for youth classes.


5 posted on 12/12/2010 3:30:27 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

>> Budget cuts ... meant implementation of the classes was delayed and only in the past month or so have they been rolled out on a limited basis

Hmmm; I’m a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteer - maybe we could start a CDPRT (Community Dumba$$ Parent Response Team) and do it for nothing.


6 posted on 12/12/2010 3:31:46 PM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

More here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2641602/posts


7 posted on 12/12/2010 3:32:36 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Oldexpat

I agree with the bueracrats, but I read the entire article and saw no mention of this beingtaught by Licensed professional teachers. Could you point that out to me in the article?


8 posted on 12/12/2010 3:38:13 PM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Red in Blue PA

A lot of these punks will listen to their parents in my experience.


9 posted on 12/12/2010 3:39:40 PM PST by allmost
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To: Salvavida
The ACLU would explode if a judge ever sent parents to biblical counseling for youth classes.

As would most freedom-loving Americans, I suspect.

10 posted on 12/12/2010 3:42:15 PM PST by MeanGreen2008
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To: Red in Blue PA

I’m sure the primary focus of the training will be positive reinforcement. Son the way you robbed that convenance store was excellent, in and out and you only had to shoot two people. I’m very proud son, keep up the good work, now give the money.


11 posted on 12/12/2010 3:44:57 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the 3rd day)
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To: Red in Blue PA
We used to know how to deal with the criminals.

Tollund Man

He was hung (see the rope around his neck) and then thrown in a bog 2400 years ago.

Imagine that. He still hasn't committed another crime. An effective deterrent.

12 posted on 12/12/2010 3:51:14 PM PST by blam
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To: Red in Blue PA

If by “parents” they mean “mothers and fathers,” I think this program could do some good. But I doubt dads are showing up in force.

Children need fathers, and gangbangers often don’t have them, so they find whatever fills that void in a gang.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to secure the border and cut off the drug supply that is giving gangs business.


13 posted on 12/12/2010 3:59:31 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

they are required to pay for the classes to cover the cost, right? /s


14 posted on 12/12/2010 4:03:52 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: allmost
A lot of these punks will listen to their parents in my experience.

I guess a lot of them are violent punk ass thugs because their parents haven't gotten around to asking them to stop it.

15 posted on 12/12/2010 4:08:37 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: paul51
Smash you in the face with a cinderblock but mama or papa comes out they pretend they aren't there.

Been there. Done that.
16 posted on 12/12/2010 4:11:22 PM PST by allmost
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To: Red in Blue PA

GEE, OFFICER KRUPKE
ACTION
Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke,
You gotta understand,
It’s just our bringin’ up-ke
That gets us out of hand.
Our mothers all are junkies,
Our fathers all are drunks.
Golly Moses, natcherly we’re punks!

ACTION AND JETS
Gee, Officer Krupke, we’re very upset;
We never had the love that ev’ry child oughta get.
We ain’t no delinquents,
We’re misunderstood.
Deep down inside us there is good!

ACTION
There is good!

ALL
There is good, there is good,
There is untapped good!
Like inside, the worst of us is good!

SNOWBOY: (Spoken) That’s a touchin’ good story.

ACTION: (Spoken) Lemme tell it to the world!

SNOWBOY: Just tell it to the judge.

ACTION
Dear kindly Judge, your Honor,
My parents treat me rough.
With all their marijuana,
They won’t give me a puff.
They didn’t wanna have me,
But somehow I was had.
Leapin’ lizards! That’s why I’m so bad!


17 posted on 12/12/2010 4:16:56 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I have a bunch of ‘thugs’ that I teach: one is addicted to snorting oxycontin, one just got shot through the hip and wrist playing with guns, several are up for expulsion, and none of them have any desire to live a decent self-managed life.

Good job.


18 posted on 12/12/2010 4:59:01 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

Most of these young thugs would probably be happy to off Madre y Padre if they lowered the boom too much.


19 posted on 12/12/2010 4:59:48 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Red in Blue PA

Thinkin’ the horse is already out of the barn.....


20 posted on 12/12/2010 5:50:14 PM PST by super7man
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

Sounds like something my Mother use to say: if you decide to enforce rules and become a parent when your kids are teens it is like shutting the door on the barn after the horses have escaped.


21 posted on 12/12/2010 6:01:14 PM PST by momtothree
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To: super7man

Sorry... you just beat me to it by seconds!! We are great minds.


22 posted on 12/12/2010 6:03:10 PM PST by momtothree
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To: struggle

One of the prime pricliples we taught our kids was that if you can not be self-governed, ultimately somebody else will govern you. We spent a lot of time looking at the consequences of not being self-governed.

Oh, we home schooled for 12 years.

Have 2 great kids who are productive members of society (and very conservative, cool). I could tell you more but you would be bored.


23 posted on 12/12/2010 6:04:01 PM PST by super7man
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To: momtothree

That’s just because I typed it shorter.


24 posted on 12/12/2010 6:09:01 PM PST by super7man
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To: momtothree

That’s just because I typed it shorter.


25 posted on 12/12/2010 6:11:31 PM PST by super7man
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To: super7man

Oh man, that’s first time I have ever done a double post.
Sorry.


26 posted on 12/12/2010 6:12:23 PM PST by super7man
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To: super7man

My kid is going to public school, and it is a decent school.

The difference is she gets no leeway to miss work. She will be an AP student in 10 years, while all of the parents more interested in indulging themselves will have regular ed kids or drop outs.


27 posted on 12/13/2010 9:15:50 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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