“They say I’m in sanction house. I don’t even know—I think it’s just a jail. Last night I was in my own bed. This is my first time here. I violated my probation by staying out. I was supposed to be home at 8 on Thursday night. But I stayed out and was at a friend’s house. My grandmother told them I was out. I live with my grandma. I don’t know my father and my mothers’ a drug addict. She is on crack and heroine. That’s not a path I am interested in at all. My original charge was battery on a school staff. I was fighting with another girl and a security guard tried to break it up and he got hit. I’m not gang affiliated.
I was new to the school and this other girl was bullying me.
I didn’t like that and I wouldn’t tolerate that.
I was new to the school and this other girl was bullying me. I didn’t like that and I wouldn’t tolerate that. I just got there my Sophomore year. I do pretty good. Now I’m going to community college and a GED program. I’m not a problem in school. I got no problems except this. Six months in a diversion program and then six months on probation. I have five more weeks on probation. The judge gave me two nights but he split it up because of my job. I work at Walgreens and at Schlitterbahn, a Water Park. Mostly in summer. If you violate your probation you have to deal with the consequences. I fought her in 2011 and I’m still on probation. I have to pay my fees to get done here. It is more than $150. I think they charged me $7 a day for my ankle monitor also. What’s it like here? Boring.”
-G.C., age 17, Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center