- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)14
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Parents should get more involved
To the editor:
After the stabbing at Red Gate, parents have been pointing fingers of blame. Guess what: Maybe it's the parents' fault. Parents point fingers at the cops for not doing their jobs. They are trying. They are not there to baby-sit and make sure kids don't get into trouble. That's the parents' jobs. It looks like parents have failed.
If parents don't want their kids to get in trouble or hurt, they and the rest of the community should give teenagers something to do. At least when we sat on the parking lot by the caboose, everyone knew what we were up to. But that was stopped, leaving us no choice but to get into trouble.
There is nothing to do in Scott City. So we try to fix our boredom by drinking and stuff. Some parents don't care as long as we don't get into trouble. These are the same parents who say they want the cops to do something, but they don't want their kids arrested.
So what is it, parents? Are you going to let us sit on the parking lots? Or are you going to sit by your scanners and hope it's not us the cops just picked up?
ALEXANDRIA FOWLER, Scott City