School-age children kept at home by parents highlight issues of community in Summit |

School-age children kept at home by parents highlight issues of community in Summit

I was at work the other day when four Hispanic children came into my place of business and asked to use the pool. I am a property manager.

When asked, they simultaneously told me (some in English, some not) their mothers did not let them go to school, because their families did not have enough money.

This puzzled me. A few of them came back later, as they had locked themselves out of their apartment. I grudgingly walked them down to their unit and let them in. As I opened the door, I saw a new, big screen TV, the latest DVD player, CD players, new bikes for the kids, and a satellite dish out on the porch.

Suddenly, my puzzlement turned to anger, as I learned these kids were being denied an education so their parents could live like fat hogs. A few days later, I apprehended the same kids for shooting off the fire extinguishers at my property.

Their parents’ response was to scream and physically punish the children in front of me and my staff, but I felt like physically punishing their parents for neglecting these children and then expecting our (American) society to discipline them, house them in our jails or reward them with construction jobs down the line.

I asked one of the children the other day (as he was trying to sneak into my pool) how long he had been in Summit County. He had been here 14 years, since he was born, but we had to converse in Spanish because he didn’t attend school.

I have become increasingly worried, because as a whole, Summit County as a community has turned its back on this generation. There is an entire generation of children growing up in this county without ties to this country, with no education and very little sense of what is right and wrong.

This is allowed to go on because the Hispanic population is seen as rather unobtrusive, and a great source of cheap, renewable labor.

“Hire them until you have to fire them. There will be more to fill their shoes on the way.” Is this a bigoted statement? Maybe but work at a resort here for just a few weeks, and you will see the truth. This passive attitude, and “turn-and-burn” style of resort hiring will surely bite our society in the ass.

I was talking about the Summit School District the other day with a lady who had a son in Summit High School. Just having a baby myself, I was inquisitive about the school system. I was thoroughly shocked to hear her son doesn’t have textbooks for many of his classes, because the system just doesn’t have enough money to go around. I myself grew up in a rural school, with a high school population of just under 1,000, and it was ludicrous to think we wouldn’t have enough books to learn from. I suddenly thought of that big screen TV and wondered how many books that thing could fetch.

What do these two stories have in common? In short, the education base in this county is going down the tubes. Call INS? It doesn’t care illegal aliens are here. Heck, it could even tell you who they are and were they live.

Child services should care, but it has the same disposition. Too much work. Not enough time. What about the police? Please. I know an illegal alien who was busted for possession of cocaine, DUI and domestic assault. He was out of jail on bail in two weeks. He is now back to work, with the same false Social Security number the police found on him the day he was arrested.

This problem will only snowball. Maybe nobody cares, or maybe we, as a community, need to analyze what is really going on with our illegal Hispanic counterparts here. How are they staying here after being recruited by resorts and then fired? How are illegal aliens being allowed to stay after being arrested? These are just a few questions that need answers.

It is our choice. In 10 years, we could have cooperation, education and a tighter sense of community. Or, we could have corruption, segregation and lawlessness. I hope we choose the proactive route.

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