Voices Of Youth

Back to school for young offenders

I commend the judge for showing a teen drug trafficker and single mother mercy (Teen drug trafficker given 2-year probation; March 2).

There are numerous ways to help improve the lives of people like her.

One of the most beneficial things we can do is to encourage them to go back to school and give them extra help in academic areas.

Knowledge is power and education can literally change a person's life.

Hence, it is our utmost priority to give these unfortunate individuals education.

The Government, the community and private charity organisations should do their best to reach out to them.

We must understand their needs and difficulties so as to provide them with the help that they require if they have gone down the wrong path.

Hopefully, this will be the last case in which a single mother will be forced to resort to illegal activities like selling drugs to earn a living.

Hai Oufan, 17

Junior College Year 1 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2018, with the headline 'Back to school for young offenders'. Print Edition | Subscribe