Rule of the Bone: America's Underprivileged Youth Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx There are 50 000 permanently homeless children in the United States of America. There are three million cases of abuse reported every year in America. There are 1.3 children who are reported to run away each year with the main reasons being substance abuse and family conflict and violence. And these are only the numbers of the children who were seen by authorities, there are many more children that simply just slip through the cracks. Hundreds of shelters and programs are available to Street kids in the shadows, in more these youths; however, 13 street kids die each day from assault, ways than one disease and suicide. And what do these numbers mean? Help isn't reaching these kids, thus America has essentially abandoned its underprivileged youth. Rule of the Bone can be read as an indictment of an American society that has essentially abandoned its underprivileged youth.
Street kids come from all social, economic and racial backgrounds thus there is no typical profile. Eighty-four percent report past or current sexual and physical abuse, 80% have health problems such as respiratory conditions, skin disorders and injuries, 33% have mental health conditions, 72% have dropped out of school and 76.5% of those read at an eighth grade or lower level and 85% are unemployed. Each one of these statistics should have been dramatically lower should the communities help more and authorities should be doing their jobs more thoroughly.
Bone was an underprivileged child. He suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of his stepfather and when he tried to ask his mother for help, she turned a deaf A fragile life being held in ear. Bone dropped out of school before finishing grade school another's hands.
thus making it extremely difficult to be able to work in a well-paying job when he grows up. And then he turns to drugs as an escape from the harsh reality that is his life. Bone learned young that if he didn't draw attention to himself the authorities would leave him alone.
The new rule was basically don't bother your parents and don't bother the cops or one of them will sic the other on you. All I had to was stay out of the way of both and not flag either by going back to school who didn't want me anyhow.
Which wasn't hard because both tended to look in the other direction when they saw me... I was more trouble then I was worth, just another homeless stoned dropout dealing small-load boom to the locals.
Bone had every avenue to help him closed by the very people who should have been helping him.
Why do one million American kids/youth run away and live on the streets? There is no one answer: poverty, disagreements at home, divorce trauma, physical and sexual abuse, gender identity or sexual orientation conflict, alcohol and other drug abuse problems are just some of the many reasons. What are America's cities, government, politicians doing about it? Sadly, almost nothing.