These are not bad kids. Sometimes they have bad attitudes that come from wrong ideas. Sometimes they have unproductive behaviors stemming from dysfunctional or chaotic backgrounds. Sometimes it’s nothing more than bad things happening to their family and they need a sanctuary during the storm. But the point is that these are not bad kids.
Father Flannigan, founder of the famous Boys Town orphanage, believed that there are no bad children, only bad adults. I think I’m starting to see it his way.