“Kids are differentiated. There are groups here; there are groups there. You’re either going to go through school, or you’re going to be a dropout.”
“So what factors make a difference in what kids do with their lives?”
“Every bad person was once a good kid. Your environment is important. Who you surround yourself with is important. Weighing your options is important. Kids need a certain type of people at a certain time in their lives. If kids don’t have someone to be their leader when they are 14, 15, and 16 years old, whether it’s a guidance counselor or someone else, they are more likely to fail. They need someone to tell them, ‘OK, here is what’s going on now, and here is what you need to do to be successful. Here is what’s going to happen if you do this, and here is what’s going to happen if you do that. If you stick with the right people and you continue doing what you need to do, no one’s going to force you to do something you don’t want to do.
So why do some kids drop out of school, do drugs and get in trouble? Let me summarize: bad role models, bad friends and bad decisions.”