Prison Is Likely His Future.

By Ron Berler

It’s pretty to believe that if one only puts in the time, he can save a wayward child. It doesn’t always work out that way.

The troubled boy I mentored for 6½ years through a Norwalk, Conn., school volunteer program fired me last May. We’d been together since he entered fourth grade, and until our parting I’d visited him at school almost weekly, as well as periodically throughout summer. Now 17, he no longer wants to meet.

I can’t say I’m surprised.