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Caroline supervisors who refused to allow Abundant Life Academy to take over the former Remuda Ranch location should be ashamed ["Caroline board says no again to teen center," Sept. 13]. Their decision reiterates to these teens what they are already feeling: that they are not good enough to deserve a school in a community where they may grow and mature into successful young adults.
These men should be proud that Caroline County was sought out as an area that remains rural and peaceful and could provide the therapeutic environment needed for such a facility. Troubled teens are everywhere, and facilities like Abundant Life Academy save lives and families.
As a parent of a child who attended such a program many years ago, I am aware of the importance of these therapeutic programs and the difference that they can make. Did the supervisors not think about the positive impact these young people might make by serving the community that will become home to them?
These teens are encouraged to do community service such as serving at homeless shelters and churches and doing neighborhood clean-up. Also, the residents would benefit from the taxes, jobs, and revenue that would be brought to Caroline County.
I hope that one of your family members is never in need of such a place. Thank God that the Board of Supervisors in Fulton County, Pa., had a heart for teens. There my son's life was saved.