Re: Not sure about the legal system for troubled teens
From: Jeanne Goodman (
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 13:28:50 -0800 (PST)
What about involving DSS?

Jeanne Goodman
Jamaica Plain Cohousing,
Boston, MA

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 2:23 PM, Eris Weaver <eris [at]> wrote:

> I agree completely, Rob, that
>         > the police and court systems are not designed to,
>        > nor do they, heal anybody
> And that
>         >  the legal system was and is a huge failure in
>        > solving teen angst.
> And perhaps I overreacted to the original post. But the cluster of
> behaviors
> described - not just setting fires but harming animals, which is a real red
> flag - sounded more extreme than the "just kids being kids" examples that
> you mention.
> And of course I am reacting out of my own (fairly recent) personal
> experience, and my own pre-foster-parenting level of denial about the
> ability of community to solve and heal all ills.  Bringing in the legal
> system is a last resort, and only done for the safety of the rest of the
> family... one of the things I have learned over the past year is that after
> you have tried everything else  you know how to do, you have to do what you
> can to save the rest of the family.  And I have seen too many communities
> fail to make that judgment call soon enough.
> eris
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