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Student writes apology to classmates, community PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:

My name is Jake Forsyth. I am 14 years old and I?am a ninth grader at Three Lakes High School.

During the middle of the night Sept. 25, some friends and I?thought it would be cool to sneak out of our houses. We all rode our bikes to our school football field. I brought a small bottle of alcohol to share with my friends. I thought we were just going to hang out.

My friends decided to break into the field house and decided to smash the fluorescent light bulbs on the track, bleachers and the blacktop. I did not take part in this vandalism. The next morning, I?decided to go to school officials and police to tell them what happened.

By doing this, I?cleared my conscience; at the same time, I?received a three-day suspension from school. I also could not play school football. Although I?did not participate in the crime, I?still got in trouble for just being there. I still may face criminal charges.

After all of this happened, I?felt very guilty for disappointing many people in my life. Those people are my classmates, teachers, football coaches, my football team, my community, my family and especially my mom. I am very sorry for my bad choices.

I’m writing this letter hoping other young people can learn that you can get in trouble for just being there, even though you did not do the crime. I want to thank my coach, Brian Fritz, for being supportive and showing me what was the right decision on what to do.

Jake Forsyth


Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:11 PM


-2 #1 2013-10-01 18:15

We have all done stupid things in our life, and I know I have done my share of them. It scares me to think of what my children may do.

But to be 14 years old and come out and write this apology shows that you are someone with true moral fiber. It is too bad that most kids and even more adults are not like you. I think this country would be in far better shape if that was the case.

Although you will be ashamed of what you did for a long time to come, you will never be ashamed for coming forward.

You Jake, will go far in your life. Use this as a learning experience and never follow the pack again. Instead, lead the pack!

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