he systems in place are very biased against kids and teens. Schools have excessive control over people’s lives from the ages of 5-17+364 days.

A metaphorical genocide perhaps. It depends on what is being destroyed. The systems in place are very biased against kids and teens. Schools have excessive control over people’s lives from the ages of 5-17+364 days. The school has even more rights than parents do, leaving nearly none for the people most directly affected, which are the kids/teens.

Law enforcement is biased against people who are below a certain age. There are some protections, thankfully, that curtail law enforcement’s abilities _somewhat_ but society seems to be willing to look the other way in many cases, especially if the teenager in question is from a family that is not very well liked. When you have no advocates, you are in danger.

To get advocates, you need a church. Or you need a lawyer. Or you need a family with community connections. But if you have none of those, you have a media that is always hungry for a story who could be an advocate… but only if you tell them a good enough story, otherwise, you become the “What’s wrong with kids today?” segment.

Thankfully there’s _some_ pushing back in academia and _some_ media outlets at least.

http://www.vox.com/a/teens

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