There have always been and there will always be troubled young people in our society.
So the fact that we need more community schools in the Imperial Valley is not a sign that our area in particular, or our society in general, is going bad. What it points to is the growth in our Valley combined with earlier intervention by educators and law enforcement officers to get troubled kids and bad influences out of other schools.
Ground was broken this month for the construction of two new community schools in Imperial County. Community schools are for kids who are habitual truants, have been in trouble with the law or in school or have other difficulties that preclude them from going to school elsewhere. Many are on probation and know if they mess up one more time in school or beyond, juvenile hall awaits.
That does not mean we should give up on such young people, and the professionals who work with such kids rarely do. Such educators have to put up with a lot of attitude, and sometimes more, from their students, but many are uniquely dedicated to the community school facet of education. Many deeply care for the kids, and in doing so sometimes make a difference in their lives.