A typical interview might go something like this:
Interviewer: All right, then, Jimmy, you live in Scranton, and you dropped out of school, right?
I: And when did you drop out of school?
A: In seventh grade.
I: I see. Okay, so are you currently employed?
I: Fabulous! You do meet the requirements. Oh, and one more thing. Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
A: Yeah, several.
I: Okay. You do qualify for this program.
It seems to me that this is the wrong industry to go to in looking for training and employment for such individuals. It's dangerous work and not nearly enough oversight is possible. These are compromised kids. Let's find something more suitable for them. In a way, we are taking advantage of these young people because we are offering them an opportunity while at the same time placing them in harm's way in jobs that can and do lead to accidents and deaths. It is similar to the "economic draft" in the military where recruiters prey on kids from the projects and convince them that the military is a great opportunity for them. A pay check, health care, etc. But what really happens is that these kids are sent overseas to Iraq or Afghanistan and often end up dead or severely injured for life. We use them as cannon fodder.
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