Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Providing teen activities would benefit city

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

The city of Lawrence could decrease the number of teen-related problems by providing more activities for teens. As the New York Times stated, “After being taken into custody, Officer Carey asked the 16 teenagers one question … Why? They all had the same answer, and it was because they had nothing else to do.” I have found that without activities, teens feel a need to create their own fun. For example, teens might go around collecting stop signs, doing drugs, violence and other forms of vandalism.

Maybe putting in a teenage “hang-out,” a place where teens can go to relax would be helpful. But I do not suggest creating more academic and ethical classes. Teens try to avoid these classes and it is probably for the better. When under pressure to not do something, they choose to rebel and do it anyway. “After school activities also help decrease teenage delinquents because directly after school is the number one time to get into trouble,” stated J. Ann Mumford, PhD.

In my research, I found that many teenagers feel lonely, even if they are the most popular student in school. I think one reason is that the city has neglected to recognize teenagers. There are adult, child and family activities, but nothing for teenagers. Will you help the teens of Lawrence?

Mack Mumford,

Southwest Junior High School


Richard Heckler 9 years, 4 months ago

Mark,You teenagers are selling yourselves short. Put your ingenuity to work and tell boredom to take a hike. More buildings will not eliminate boredom. First of all why do parents not arrange for activities for the children to do in homes? Such as playing cards,fun board games,dominoes or buying large lego projects which are cool and require attention thus eliminating boredom. You kids can do it!All of the above with the favorite music in the background. Legos and board games are not just young kid stuff. Do any of the parents have space for a 4'X8' sheet of plywood to build a lego city that could involve more than one teen? backpack hikes with friends at Clinton Lake or Prarie Park Nature Center. Head for KU Natural History Museum.Use bikes,feet or public transportation. Hang together outdoors and talk about what you see or simply have fun checking out nature. Get on the T then head for the indoor pool,library,art center or the movies. Kids can walk or bike to all of this as well.You energetic smart kids demand a meeting with parents and say HEY let's figure this out. Meet one day at:indoor poolgo to a moviework on Lego City ( we're talking 1,000's of pieces)take a backpack hikehave a gathering in a home take bike hikesplan a hike on foot ( 5-6 miles round trip)Volunteer to help an older senior neighbor with yard workSchedule art project classes at the Art Centergrocery shop for Mom and Dadpart time jobplant an organic food gardenplay kick ball school groundstake up roller blade hockey

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