- Posted March 31, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One year since Trayvon Martin's death
Yes, even a delinquent youth's life would matter
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
In response to reports about Trayvon's suspensions and trouble...
Well, as a social worker with 10 years of experience in Philadelphia, who has worked with youth with all kinds of troubling pasts, I don't find this conversation about Trayvon's juvenile record or past productive at all in this conversation- and rather insulting to millions of social workers, like myself, who could quite honestly tell you the same thing. And not only social workers, but juvenile probation officers, child advocate attorneys, family court judges. Children at-risk, or with some trouble in their past, are just as precious and don't deserve to be shot for simply walking to the store and back home, anymore than anyone else! The smear campaign out there has hit an all time low. If some people would stop cutting funding for social workers perhaps we would be able to actually do the kinds of things we know needs to get done in order to give all children a brighter future, not just ones privileged from the start. There are people like myself who want to be out there in their lives making a difference- and who do make a difference until someone starts cutting the funding.