The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

November 9, 2013

Our Readers speak — Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013



Students need guidance counselors

I really enjoyed your article “Officials Believe Truancy Often an Indicator of Larger Problems.” As a parent of three who have all graduated from high school recently, I often heard stories from them about kids with similar problems in their schools.

My question is, where are the school guidance counselors? It’s my understanding that they exist, but their roles have transformed from being adult advisers/mentors to those of paper-pushers.

I remember when I was in high school, if a kid was having a problem or in trouble, the counselor was there to help them (confidentially).

I believe kids deserve and need our help to succeed, especially if they come from dysfunctional families. I personally think the school counselor role is a key factor in solving this problem.

Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in; it has always bothered me. There are a lot of good kids who just need help in spite of their families.

Lisa Gale


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