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Get Lost!

These troubled teens found themselves at Lost and Found. But now the program is finding itself out of options.

At Lost and Found, he met up with another white student who'd bounced through the system most of his life, and they got in trouble for drawing swastikas. But eventually, through close group therapy and interactions with students from diverse backgrounds, Austin started to open up. And then came an epiphany.

"We were in a van with some black kids in this program, heading to some outing, and they were listening to rap," Austin recalls. "And they were banging their heads up and down, and I'm real into metal, and I realized those guys were doing exactly what I do when I listen to music. Maybe not as intensely, but the same thing. And it was simple like that. Then they listened to some of my music and were like, 'This is all right.' And it just helped me to get to know someone from a different race as an actual person. There's a lot of people in this world, and you shouldn't judge them just off their skin color."

Nor should you judge them from their background, Austin says, adding that he can't believe that the Clear Creek neighbors think the kids at Lost and Found would be a real threat. "If anyone goes AWOL from here," he points out, "their priority is not to stop and fuck with any of the neighbors, but to go as far and as fast they can."

Terry Rogers thinks the best place for a youth residential facility is in a youth residential area.
Jim J. Narcy
Terry Rogers thinks the best place for a youth residential facility is in a youth residential area.
Harl Hargett came up with a plan to consolidate Lost and Found's facilities at Singing River Ranch.
Jim J. Narcy
Harl Hargett came up with a plan to consolidate Lost and Found's facilities at Singing River Ranch.

Because for most, the real priority is to get their lives together. "I just wish they would get to know us a bit," Austin says. "Find out who we really are. A lot of us here are focused on making our lives better. I'm sick of being in the system, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get better. I want a normal life, I want a family and a house and a car. I don't want to be a fuckup my whole life, and I'm working as hard as I can on fixing that. I just think that before they shun us, they should try to figure out what we're all about."

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