Youth com­mended for try­ing to turn his life around

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

GEORGETOWN – A teenager caught up in a web of petty crime was con­grat­u­lated in pro­vin­cial youth court re­cently for at­tempt­ing to stay out of trou­ble. The youth, who can­not be iden­ti­fied, told Judge Nancy Orr he had ac­quired part­time work at a Kings County res­tau­rant and was hop­ing to move up the lad­der from wash­ing dishes. “I can fully re­late to that,’’ said Judge Orr. ‘I know what that’s like from my days start­ing out and I hope you can earn that pro­mo­tion.” The teen had be­come in­volved with oth­ers in small crimes and pro­ba­tion breaches, as well as school sus­pen­sions. He has been ad­vised on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions that his un­ruly be­hav­iour was only go­ing to dig him a deeper hole. A youth jus­tice coun­sel­lor ad­vised the court the young man had re­turned to school and was im­prov­ing in his stud­ies and at­ten­dance and stay­ing away from neg­a­tive in­flu­ences. As well, the re­la­tion­ship with his mother was im­prov­ing. Judge Orr was de­lighted with the prog­no­sis and en­cour­aged the young man to stay clear of law break­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

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