We're Holding Your Son Author:Gordon R. McLean The 1:00 AM jangle of a telephone...a light snaps on...and a new story of heartbreak begins as another middle class suburban parent gets the police officer's curt message: We're holding your son. — Why? What is happening in American homes that is causing such a startling increase in youthful detentions? Are parents at fault? Is the church... more » failing? What about schools? What happens in juvenile courts? Are the officers really interested in helping kids in trouble? How can parents know if their son is on drugs? What should young people know about the danger of their misdemeanors, the penalties for their lawbreaking? Should teenagers marry for the sole purpose of giving a child a name?
Graphically described here are cases of delinquency of young boys and girls from affluent suburban homes--the heartbreak of their parents, their own broken plans and remorse, the cost in time and money to the state.
Here is counsel for parents--what to do when a child is detained, how to detect drug usage, ways of strengthening family relationships, and a challenge for close examination of personal motivation, sincerity, and values. Here, too, is an assessment of the church's involvement in contemporary youth problems and its great opportunity in the face of an ever-increasing need.
The many tragically true stories of youthful offenders should be read by other youth, hopefully causing them to think long and hard about their own temptations and weaknesses and their ultimate goals in life.
Consistently emphasized is the steadying influence of workers and dedicated members of Youth for Christ and Campus Life programs, people who stood by and cared--during court hearings and in correctional institutions, people who welcomed parolees into their membership and offered a much needed friendship--and introduced the One who cared most of all.« less