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A Day At Sequel Essay

684 words - 3 pages

“Never Give Up,” is the community standard for Sequel. Sequel is a detention center that houses children ranging from the ages of 12-19 that are in the care of the Department of Human Resources, and children ranging from the ages of 14-18 that have gone in front of a judge and convicted of a crime. Some of the residents housed at Sequel, have experienced serve mental and/or physical abuse; and decisions affecting them should not be made in anger or haste. A day at Sequel is begun with a neutral level of respect from, me, to the residents. It then turns into a warzone of inappropriate behaviors, and ends with sighs and words of encouragement for the residents to have a more positive day tomorrow. A day at Sequel gives insight as to why its motto is “Never Give Up.”
“Good morning gentlemen, to those whose ears are open, it is that time.” These are the first that are spoken by me, to 38 young men at Sequel. Saying good morning establishes a positive vibe from me to the residents. Some of them come from a place where there is no one home in the morning to greet them, or from a place where there is no good in the morning. Displaying respect and courtesy towards a young man that is emotionally damaged, builds their self-worth, and gives them another positive reason to walk with their heads up. Every child is worthy of respect, regardless of their age or social standings, as stated in Sequel’s Positive Peer Cultural handbook.
Despite being awaken in a respectful manner, waking up in a facility can cause a resident’s negative and positive thoughts to battle like two heavyweight boxers. When negative thoughts are victorious, inappropriate behaviors sprout like weeds in a garden. Conducting a restroom break is supposed to be a quiet process, but when a resident isn’t allowed to relieve themselves at their convenience, the language of a drunken sailor is shouted throughout the halls. Once that resident is escorted to disciplinary confinement for their unwanted behavior,...

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