EDITOR'S DESK: Mentoring can mean all the difference

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM.

Over the weekend, the News Bulletin learned that the suspect in two Sept. 15 robberies — and possibly a string of similar incidents — was a teenager.

I don’t know about you, but 17, for me, was a time of navigating the trials and tribulations and every-issue-becomes-a-mountain-out-of-a-molehill life that was high school.

You’re memorizing the Periodic Table of Elements to ace chemistry; you’re dealing with cliques; you’re cheering for your football team at the pep rally; you’re aching to win the lead role in the school play or first chair in band; and you’re enduring countless puppy-love heartbreaks, hall gossip and awkward embarrassments along the way.

You’re making lasting memories, but above all, these experiences —never-ending studying, detention, navigating social circles, the bonds formed from good sportsmanship and rallying for a common cause, and even the heartbreaks — help form who you will become as an adult.

It’s crucial to experience these things. Any missing piece of the puzzle could mean a missing link later in life.

Times like these raise questions — and it is my job to ask those questions.

How could a teenager —male or female — successfully deal with life, and the growth opportunities this time brings, while carrying such a secret, a double life that somehow balances a kid being a kid and a life of crime?

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