PA Paper Says Boy, 13, Is ‘One Piece of Fraying Social Tapestry’


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles a 13-year-old boy, identified only as Rashon, a troubled youth who is in the Community Intensive Supervision Program, or CISP, an Allegheny County house arrest program that aims to keep kids like him in school, in their communities and out of trouble.

Says the paper, “An eighth-grader who likes rap music, basketball and math class, Rashon is one piece of a fraying social tapestry that includes up to 3 million other inner-city young black men across the nation. The common threads in their lives include fatherlessness, alienation from formal education, forays into criminal activity and a diminishing hope about their future — predictors that studies show push them into lives on the margins of society.”


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