Great chapter, but a little disappointing.
all of the street kids are going to have issues and most will have a past they are not proud of... they need care, understanding, forgiveness, guidance and most of all love.
I’m glad Joshua will be represented in court even if it’s by a person who has already past sentence! Im surprised that even if released by the courts, he will be sent away From the Discovery Project for that past...
I understand Toby’s dislike of his former boyfriends decisions And actions, but the leaders of the project need to be more thicker skinned if they’re going to be dealing with street kids. Most of the homeless kids will come to them damaged and with life experiences that can be soul destroying! Understanding and forgiveness should be 1st on all of the leaders minds. Everyone just thought the worst and put Joshua in cuffs?? He wasn’t aggressive or a danger?? No one has offered him a chance to explain or asked Joshua about why he chose to do the things he was involved in. Sure he was in a gang and a gang on the street would give a kid a sense of safety, security and family. But peer pressure can make us do things we don’t want to do, but still do them to belong and stay in the group.
perhaps the leaders should be asking Joshua Why he left the gang to leave the street and join the Discovery Project instead of just reacting to 1 persons fears and throwing the teen to the wolves. He said he didn’t start the fire, but they treated him like a criminal anyway... By treating Joshua the way they have, he’s just going to slam down all his defences and be closed to discussion, already knowing that once again adults are against him. The cruel circle of a street kids life will remain unbroken and He will be trapped by an uncaring and cruel government system...
if I was one of the other young residents and saw how Joshua was treated, I would be having second thoughts about staying.... and I definitely wouldn’t trust the leaders to help or resolve any of my issues that’s for sure.
it takes more than just good intentions, nice digs and clothes to heal a broken spirit!