"I'm sorry for Breaking the Fence Locking peice. I know thut I did something wrong once the Fence brocke. I Feel sad that I pulled this stunt. I hope that you can Forgive Me for what. I wish I hadn't did this.
- One school says that they come from a difficult background and so they need to be shown grace at every misstep. The result of that is usually that you have a broken down, thrashed youth center where the kids feel free to disregard rules and authority while trying to carve out their own sphere of influence and power.
- One school says that there is a zero tolerance policy for the breaking of rules or property. However if you value the center more than the youth it was built for...that sends a clear message to the kids.
- One school says that kids are going to break things, so don't bother having anything of a high quality that you don't mind breaking. I get it. But again, the teens notice the quality that we set out for them. One of our staff mentioned last week that our members are taking better care of our facility since we began upgrading what we offer.
Growing up is not avoiding mistakes. Growing up is using those mistakes as the fuel, the catalyst, for your development. It is becoming a better version of you...a version that has been made stronger and more vibrant by the cutting away of illusion and fear and the reinforcing of integrity and character. These two learned more about themselves; they learned about what they are capable of and what they value; they learned about responsibility and honor; they took a significant step towards becoming men. That is worth a broken fence gate for me...
but I am really glad they helped pay for it.