Back on Third Street
by Kenda Nelson
Jun 12, 2009 | 1805 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The criminal mischief that occurred again earlier this month at Refugio Middle School couldn’t have come at a worse time. The University of Houston is attempting to find a way to turn the building into a satellite school.

All sorts of ideas are being bandied around. One is for a research center that will be used by university students doing work on the Mission-Aransas National Research Reserve at the Fennessey Ranch. Another is for a technical school to support businesses that need a trained workforce.

The senseless crime spree two weeks ago by a handful of juveniles may cost the taxpayers up to $20,000 for repairs. That’s not counting the previous damage, presumably by juveniles as well.

Until the most recent crime, the number of broken windows was climbing. Buses that had previously been parked in the parking lot on the north side of the school were moved to the middle of the practice field to keep delinquents further damaging them. Graffiti has been sprayed on some of the walls.

This unnecessary expense certainly dampens the spirit of hard-working folks who are trying to make good things happen for the future of this county. We are all hurt by unjustifiable acts of spiteful behavior.

After a fire destroyed our home, we moved to my parent’s home on Third Street close to the school. Like the school, a band of delinquents broke into Mother’s house soon after she died. Gang signs were sprayed on the furniture and her home was ransacked for no apparent reason.

My parents lived in this neighborhood for approximately 57 years in the days when doors remained unlocked. But times are changing, even in our little town.

One of the biggest selling points for our community is the low crime rate, the good schools and our fine hospital.

Since my family has been back on Third Street, countless items have been stolen from us.

Perhaps it really does take a village to raise a child. For whatever reason youngsters commit these senseless crimes, maybe it’s time for the village to look for the answers.

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