Following last week’s targeted shooting which left an innocent Abbotsford bystander dead…
“If you truly do love your youth, if you truly do love your children, then you want to do everything to protect them and those can be very hard choices.”
Anti-gang activist Mani Amar says parents of children involved in drug and gang activity are at a difficult crossroads: Whether or not to protect them from prosecution.
Amar says it’s no secret at least in the South Asian community: Parents would rather keep silent than see their child bring shame to the family.
He believes that’s counter productive in the current war against gangs.
“You’re not really solving the issue for them, you’re not really teaching them a lesson. All you’re doing is covering it up. And that’s the wrong way to handle this issue.”
Amar is appealing to parents to protect their children by find resources or talk to law enforcement about possible options.
“Sometimes if the person involved isn’t prepared to do it, you could be saving his life by doing it on his behalf.”
Constable Ian MacDonald with Abbotsford Police is backing those remarks, as authorities are asking for more co-operation from families who may be sheltering gang members.
He says those families are just hurting their children by doing so.
“People are sometimes short term focused. They want to have their sons escape responsibility in the short term because they don’t want to see them face consequences but really they’re setting them up for tremendous failure in the future.”
MacDonald says there are police resources available for families who are looking to get help.