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Letter: Young people must take responsibility

Recently there have been several stories involving young people engaged in situations that ended with interaction with law enforcement. The common thread is that these young people seem to believe they are not entirely accountable for their actions. Additionally, some letters to the editor express concerns that reporting the alleged crimes was unnecessary and potentially harmful to the young people and their futures.

My words to those involved are these: Breaking the law was your choice. Facing consequences is the first step toward eliminating the existing atmosphere of blameless conduct that is so pervasive in these times.

The latest incident involved a student who the police believe lied to them when she said she was threatened by a young man with a gun at Concord High School. Her allegations could easily have resulted in a far different outcome, including the endangerment of her innocent peers. Given the economic climate, I find it offensive that taxpayers might have to carry the burden of the associated costs. The episode was set in motion by one student; she alone should be accountable for reimbursing the city as well as the appropriate criminal charges that are forthcoming.

The earlier we stop coddling those who chose to break the law by letting their apologies and excuses be enough or by making excuses for them, the sooner we hold people responsible and accountable for their actions and choices, the faster we will set aright what has become a self centered and unapologetic world. Hopefully then we will all be able to enjoy a safer society.

SEPTEMBER FLANAGAN

Concord

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