—Wide World Photos
SOLUTIONS FOR PROBLEM CHILDREN—(left) Highwood
School at Baltimore, Md., provides wholesome activities and peaceful living for youngsters who do not adjust to normal school life
and authority. At right are views of the George Junior Republic at
Freeville, N.Y.. haven for problem children for 60 years. Money
paid for work performed (such as gathering hay for the dairy herd
in top photo) is deposited in the bank (lower photo) which is run
by the boys and girls. Money is minted and issued by the junior
republic, a self-contained unit which has helped over 6.000 children
through the years.
quite severe corporal punishment from their parents; only
'.'I pel cenl of the non-delinquents had.
ll seemed lo indicate that the parents who over-used chas-
tisemenl as ee means of demonstrating whal is wrong and
whal is righl actually bred children whose idea nf the world
was one of hostility, lhal you had to fight lo gel along,
emd that physical aggression wa- ihr answer lo anv problem
(DOHERTY): Speaking as a father of live, I am
wondering if Ihose delinquent children reacted as thev
did, not because the punishment was meted out for a
crime, hut because it followed no pattern—because
sometimes il vvas just the parents expressing their own
aggression against Ihe world in general and taking il
out on the kids?
That'- exactl) right. I didn'l mean lo infer thai iln- onl)
reason the) were delinquent was because thej were severeh
punished and actually, in elaborating thai study, one of the
crucial factors theii they did determine was. jusl as you
-eev. inconsistency "i parents and lhe fad thai thc punish
en. ul eeri.se'. again as you helve already said, not because
e.f the child'- need- I.iii because uf tin- parents' needs to gel
..ul of their own system their greal anger and mixed-up
feelings aboul the world the) live in.
(DOHERTY): Mr. Beet:, vou seed vou believe mosl of
the juvenile delinquency comes from "blighted areas,"
but lately there seems lo have been a rash of stories
of not only moderately well-to-do. but actually rich
children getting in trouble. Iii Washington, D. ('.. there
was a group ol youths from very well-to-do homes who
were bombing places. Also, up in New York there was
a ghastl] crime by a group of young boys who killed
two or three people merely for tlle thrill of il ; thev were'
all from very good homes in Ihe Brooklyn section.
I wonder whv.
RICH CHILDREN ALSO VULNERABLE
ilthough I do believe and I ihink il is a fail lhat mosl ol
the juvenile crimes still come frnm llu- "blighted areas." I
also said lhal we had an increasing number from lhe suburban and favored areas. The causes of delinquency are nol
limited to poor people. \ vulnerable child lo go hack lo
that definition- can be raised in a home lhal has a washing
machine, television, and everything else lhal you would
want; ibis is In to deficiencies in parent-child relations.
Likewise, a community can lack whal il should have to keep
(hildren on the right line, even though il appears superficially lo be very favored.
(GILMORE): How far should lhe federal governmenl
go in trying to combat juvenile delinquency?
lhe federal government's role al lhe present lime is almosl
entirely one of giving consultation emd eulviea- in I11151I communities and states lhal have problems such as: "How el.'
we set up a juvenile court? ; "Whal kind of juvenile
division should we have in our police system?" The federal
governmenl doesn'l seek to actually develop programs for
children in ihis particular field. This is ihe business of iln
stales and localities. There are, of course, programs hearing
on ihis problem hv which federal funds go down In tin
states, such as the Child Welfare Act. emd the National
Minted Health \ct lhal provide- funds fur child guidance
clinics ami lln like.
—Wide World Ph°*°
Boys in the reform school at Stringtown, Okla., find happinesS
and hope through the education and recreation program of >^e
school superintendent, J. W. Wheeler, former football star.
REPLIES TO "THE
'Continued in,tn Page lit
eminentl) sensible suggestion. Bul once
more Mrs. |;rM| preferred to keep the
matter private by relaying mv proposal
to Mr. Msop. Instead of being .lulv
grateful for an effective solution nf lii-
1: red problem. Mr. Vlsop became un-
■ IS .L5il.lv nieul.
1 !:■ -enl me a -pull, ring letter nf hv s-
terical abuse thai would make a 5 1
laboratory piece for a psychologist. I
was. among other things, et fool, ei traitor.
a lowlife. In short, hr presented mi' with
another sample of his edifying belief
that hr considered himself exempl from
the ordinary journalistic obligation of
truth-telling in dealing wilh people "of
the character" nf Matthews. Lveeiis eunl
The insult-packed letter had, from ii-
w liter's vantage point, ihr additional
virtue nf evading ihr original issue. H1'
nol onlv assumed for himself lhe rig'1'
lu misrepresent a Matthews bul the f"r'
iher righl to refuse an explanation "'
traitors who heul the ill grace to call tn*
misrepresentation to his attention.
I submit thai ihis exchange of letter*
unimportant in itself, becomes signi'J'
caul in the context of Bill Buckley8
analysis of the Liberal mind.
hi i.rxt: Lyons, Editoi
Pleasantville, V V
FACTS FORUM NEWS, August, 1»5"