I live in Pine and am a business owner. Recently, two "young" girls, really just children, came into my business and proceeded to think it was OK to fill their purses with items and then leave. I noticed that the girls seemed out of place and felt concerned that they were stealing from me. As they proceeded to leave my business, I asked them if they were leaving without paying for the items that they had put in their purses. It was true, that was their intent.
This makes me very sad. First, these girls were only 11 and 12 years old.
They had no business even thinking about committing this crime. I watched them as they sat on the floor in front of my counter with makeup running down their faces and clothes that made them look like promiscuous women, not girls.
I wanted so badly to wash their faces, tie their hair back in a ponytail and put a T-shirt on them and tell them to go outside and play.
Why do parents let their children grow up so fast?
Yes, I know all about the peer pressure thing, but that is just a cop-out. Just say, "no," to your children.
Let them be kids for as long as you can. These two "little" girls were pretty and didn't need all the makeup and clothes to make them look like little streetwalkers.
I wish the parents of these small communities would get their heads out of the bars and go home and spend some time with their kids.
Kids need to learn right from wrong and be punished for making the wrong decisions and praised for the right ones.
As I told these two "little" girls, we live in a small town. We know each other, mostly by name. We don't have to like each other, but we have to respect each other. We have to be there to help each other, not hurt each other.
Please, people, stop and be a parent. You will be your child's friend when he or she gets older.
I am fed up. If I see your kids doing something wrong, I will call the authorities. Someone needs to be the grownup. It doesn't mean I don't care about the kids in this community, it means I care more than you'll ever know.
Kris Lovetro, Pine
Editor's note: This letter was shortened to fit within the 400-word limit for letters to the editor.