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Every minute we spend working with and teaching a child today is time well spent for the future. We must teach children respect and courtesy by example.

If my young son sees me holding the door for a lady, he learns that this is what we are doing. If he hears me say yes sir and no madam, he learns that this is the proper way to talk with people. If my daughter sees me showing respect to her mother, she learns how a woman should be treated by a man. Children learn from us all the time. The question is, what do we teach them?

The result of not teaching children right from wrong is what we end up dealing with in law enforcement. When people follow the rules and act in relation to each other, we are left out of the equation. Think about how many crimes involve breaking the “golden rule” we all learned in kindergarten. Ninety-eight percent of crimes involve doing something to someone else that the person wouldn’t want done to them if the shoe was on the other foot.

We run a Scared Straight program at the detention center that allows young people to see inside the prison. This program teaches children the consequences of making bad decisions. Let’s work together to teach kids that it’s their choices that put them in a place like the Iredell County Detention Center. We open our doors on the first Saturday of every month to show them what happens when you make bad choices.


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