When school day ends, danger begins for many young people
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It is the end of the school day. When the last bell rings, nearly 2,500 area children will leave their classrooms about 3 p.m. In the United States, some 53 million students will depart their schools. Some will go home to a parent, some will go to an extra-curricular program and some will go to work.
But many some 15 million throughout the country will go it alone. Lacking adult supervision or access to an after-school program, these young people will be in danger. We know from numerous studies and statistics that the rate of juvenile-related crime actually doubles during the hours after sc...