Adults should strive to show kids respect

I am writing regarding the Roaring Spring “scooter gang.”

I think it is sad that our community looks to create policy verses employing common sense. I live on East Main Street in Roaring Spring and have witnessed this so-called “gang,” but I’ve never felt threatened or terrified by these children.

Yes, they are children (most under the age of 16). I have no doubt that some of these young teens might be a little mouthy, inconsiderate, or disrespectful at times, but do we really need to penalize all the kids in the community for the actions of a few?

I am tired of all the policies and rules that are created because a few people get out of line. Problems need to be managed and mitigated instead of stripping the rights and privileges from all for the misdeeds of a few. After reading the recent Mirror article, I felt the need to appeal to the senses of the Roaring Spring Borough Council.

Please don’t restrict all children from enjoying their scooters because we have a few that can’t respect our community. Instead, ask this question: What could we do to inspire these few to want to be better citizens?

First, let’s consider our own behaviors and the level of respect we give to the children of our community.

Do we, when we see kids on scooters, take time to say “hello?” Give them a courteous greeting? Make them feel welcomed and part of our community? Or would you say that we are more quickly annoyed by their presence? And irritated because they are on the streets, and/or making noise?

Do we give our children the same amount of respect that we expect?

I suspect, if we are honest with ourselves, we would say that we are not as respectful as we could or should be to our children. So, if we want the children in our community to be respectful, shouldn’t we set a good example?

I urge borough council and the residents of Roaring Spring to take positive steps to encourage our kids to be part of a productive community, instead of adding another policy that ultimately only penalizes the good kids.

I fear if we continually penalize all children, and take away the things they enjoy, the type of “gangs” we will have in our community might not be as innocent as the “Scooter gang.”

Think about this before we impose more rules on our children. Let’s focus on how we can help kids be respectful members of our community.

Charlene M. Dodson, Roaring Spring