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Picture of the Day: Symbolism Over Substance; STL Mayor “Sleeps” Outside to Sympathize With Homeless Teens

November 19th, 2012 by Mark Truman · 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of Susan Ryan

“Why I am sleeping out? I am sleeping out on November 15th because I have two children. Their hopes and dreams are my highest concern. This week, more than 2,500 other young people will be sleeping in vacant buildings, shelters, and alleys throughout the St. Louis region. They have the same aspirations as my own kids, but none of the support system and parental guidance to help them navigate the challenges and opportunities of life. I am sleeping out with other parents, community members, and public officials tonight to send a message to homeless youth: You are not forgotten; you are not alone. I urge anyone who reads or hears this message to work with agencies like Covenant House Missouri to support children who need our help – in the city and surrounding counties.”

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Tags: Mayor Frances Slay · Picture/Quote of the Day · St. Louis

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  • 1 countenance // Nov 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Adolescent boys that are homeless while their mothers aren’t are almost always a result of the mothers throwing their teenage sons out of the house at the behest of her new live-in boyfriend.

    It’s a human analogue to the way male lions that take over a pride eject all the adolescent males in the pride sired by the previous male leader. Eliminating competition for pride or household leadership.

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