Another minor dispute has escalated into yelling and screaming, throwing of objects and breaking of hearts. Words that shouldn’t be expressed between two loving people cause tears and feelings of hatred, anger and disrespect. This is just one of many problems that could have been effortlessly resolved before the mole hill grew to the size of Mt. Everest but of course walking away from the situation isn’t always the easiest thing to do. If she only turned her back away from the quarrel and began her journey in the opposite direction she wouldn’t be roaming the streets at 3 AM trying to find some place warm and safe to sleep; she wouldn’t be carrying a duffle bag with enough clothes to last her a solid two weeks; she wouldn’t be homeless. She’s only 16 years old without a job and no one other than her parents, and a few friends, to depend on. What are her options? Does she call a friend and beg them to sneak her into their house while their parents are sleep? Does she continue to walk the streets until morning comes? Does she stop one of these cars that continuously beep at her or slow down in pursuit of their destination, wherever that may be? Her mother is supposed to protect her, but how can she be protected when she’s lonely and alone having to fend for herself on this scary road to survival? What is a young girl to do?
Approximately 2.8 million children who live in America go to sleep without a home each year; of those 2.8 million children who are homeless, more than 40% of those children are teenagers between the age of 14 and 17. The idea of attempting to comprehend how a parent could allow his/her child(ren) to roam the streets without a care in the world as if it was an ordinary action for these young beings to do is provocatively alarming. While some kids choose to run away from their homes for reasons such as sexual abuse, parental drug habits or just because they think it’s easier to be on their own, others...
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