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Parental dysfunction

| Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Regarding Wilkinsburg High School's rate of chronic truancy, reportedly 75 percent: It is not lack of funds for a truancy officer causing this, but lack of responsibility by these children's parents.

High divorce and unwed-mother rates are fostering this behavior. How many of these children have a loving, stable home or know who their father is?

Sadly, this behavior is being rewarded in many cases with welfare benefits. This is ludicrous — rewarding those showing this irresponsibility.

Children raised in this environment will only perpetuate this behavior. This must be stopped now for the sake of these children and their children.

Local community and religious leaders, along with all citizens of America, must voice their outrage over this by electing officials who care about what is happening to America and getting rid of those who only want to be re-elected to bolster their egos and bank accounts. All welfare payments must stop to these irresponsible parents. These funds can then be used for group homes for these children, where they can learn discipline and hopefully find someone who cares about them.

As for the adults, let there be dormitories for them, where they must toe the line or get out.

This lack of responsibility must stop now if America is to survive.

James Immekus

McCandless

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