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Letter: An encounter with good young people

December 06, 2013

It always seems like all we only hear negative things when it comes to young people, especially when they are hanging out and skateboarding at the local park.

But I have a different story I wanted to share.

I need the assistance of a cane or walker to help me walk. On Nov. 25 I was heading to my weekly evening swimming class at Verdugo Park, where I suddenly felt my walker collapsing and I completely tripped and tumbled down to the ground short of the entrance of the swimming pool.

About 100 feet away or so, there were four young men (ages probably 13 to 16) riding their skateboards around the park area. They noticed I had fallen and they all sprinted over to help me get back up and they even fixed my walker, picked up my swimming bag for me and continued to ask me if I was OK. I told them I was OK and thanked them for their help and kindness.

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As you can tell, I was very impressed by their actions and kindness, and felt it was my duty to pass this information on so that others can hear the good about young people.

I would like to end this note by saying that there really are many good young people and I feel we need to recognize this fact with less negative comments and more praise and thanks for them. They are our future!

Cathy Wilson
Burbank


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