I am a grandparent within the community of Crookston and I have finally seen and heard enough. I am outraged and my heart hurts so much for all the children who have and are experiencing pain, bullying, anger, loneliness, etc.

    Throughout the summer I observed many small children, 7-12 years, out on the streets after dark. No parent in sight! Call me old fashioned… but no child under the age of 12 or 13 should be out when it is dark unless accompanied by a parent. What ever happened to curfews? We as a society are setting up our children to fail in life!

    Having worked in the juvenile justice system, a lot of these kids just want a hug. Someone to say, “I care and I love you.” Just someone who cares so that they will ground their child. Kids just wanted to be told, “No. You’re staying home with us!”

    We as a community need to pull together. I don’t care who you are, if you’re rich or poor, if you have a “so called” name or not. It is now time to address these problems in our small community. It affects each and every one of us! It reflects on our community!

    Children are hurting. Some try to just make it through the day!

    Before you criticize or say negative things about someone, please stop. Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Don’t be so quick to judge others. You don’t know what they are going through.

    I was approached and told by three separate high school students on three separate occasions that kids are being beaten, physically or emotionally, in our school system on a daily basis. I am furious and this is unacceptable!

    I feel that on a monthly or bi-monthly basis we need to have assemblies at our school with our students. Address the problems at hand with the kids, provide them resources and reassurance that we are there for each and every one of them! We need to have meetings with the parents so they are aware of what is occurring in our schools and what resources are available to our children.

    Everyone is so consumed with their work, sports and other involvements. They say they don’t have time. We better make time for our children before it is too late!

    Many sad events have happened to our children in the small community of Crookston and we are not even two months into the school year.

    When do we say this is enough?! I am saying it right now! I have seen and heard enough and something needs to be done now!

    Please take a stand… lend a hand.

Marcia Meine