Girls causing more trouble than boys

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

New numbers are out from the Office of Juvenile Justice, and turns out, more girls are getting into trouble with the law, and boys, are getting into less.

The statistics show, nationwide, from 2005 to 2007, juvenile arrests for boys has gone down 4%, but for girls, the numbers are up 10%.

Officials here in Mesa County say although the percentages locally vary, they too are seeing the number of girls getting into trouble go up
According to officials with the Senate Bill 94 Project, Mesa County teen arrests are up for both boys and girls, and the girls are leading the spike.

Officials say during the first six months of this year, 120 boys and 61 girls were arrested in Mesa County.

Although the overall 'number' of boys arrested is more than that of the girls, Brandi Shanahan with the Senate Bill 94 Project says the percentage jump of girls is reason for concern, “There seems to be a common myth, I hear this all the time, 'well no one will help me unless my kid commits a crime,' which is not true, there's so many programs set up for females and males to help them before they've actually committed a crime."

Shanahan says School District 51, the Department of Human Services, and Mental Health, all have programs to help kids and families, before juveniles end up in trouble with the law, and she says parents need to play a key role in keeping their kids out of trouble, "My advice to parents would be just keep asking questions, and if you're not getting the answer to your question, ask some more and someone will hopefully be able to get you on to the right person."

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