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IN OTHER WORDS: DYRS aims low, brags about it in tweet
Question of the Day
The District's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services took to Twitter last week with an announcement.
“No DYRS youth charged w/homicide in 2012 so far,” the agency said.
To put the tweet in context, it comes after we reported in 2010 that a year’s worth of homicide data indicated that one in five homicides in the city included a DYRS ward as either a victim or a suspect.
We reported last year that the agency’s own figures said that more than 50 committed youths either had been killed or found guilty of killing someone else over the previous five years.
So it makes sense that the agency would want to trumpet a piece of good news.
What some might question was the hashtag that followed: “#progress.”
For an agency that’s mission is to rehabilitate thousands of juvenile offenders, who in recent years have contributed to an epidemic of youth violence on city streets, the notion that no one in their custody has been charged with murder could be construed as a pretty low bar to claim progress.
If putting kids in a school-like setting as young as 6 weeks old sounds intense, how about giving them a little schooling before they’re even born?
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray wouldn’t mind. In fact, on more than one occasion, he’s said he’d put a fetus in an educational program if he could.
In fact the opening of Educare, an early childhood education facility in Ward 7, on Thursday had an obvious prenatal theme to it.
When Mr. Gray arrived at the state-of-the-art facility, a reporter from The Washington Times asked, jokingly, “Is this where the fetuses go to school?”
“I’m gonna mention that!” he beamed.
Indeed, he told a crowded reception room that fetuses would be evaluated up the road at a new health clinic in Kenilworth-Parkside; then they’d come down the street to Educare and then attend Neval Thomas Elementary School next door.
Educare’s executive director, Carol Howard, jumped on the bandwagon, too. In her opening remarks, she quipped the construction and unveiling of the facility was like birthing a baby.
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