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Today’s youth get bad rap by the public

The cynics in our society are quick to criticize today’s youth for perceived shortcomings, allowing the actions of a few to represent the behaviors of the many.

Anyone with an open mind can see that most teenagers and young adults are well on their way toward being engaged community members and active citizens. You don’t have to look beyond Lawrence County’s high schools to find students who want to make a difference in the world and help others.

Two recent examples are Ironton High School’s latest project to help fellow student Bethany Bibb.

A Teal Out For Bethany will take place during the Friday football game, which will be dedicated to Bethany Bibb, a 17-year-old Ironton High School student who suffers from cystic fibrosis and is on a list awaiting the chance for a lung transplant.

Students at Dawson-Bryant Middle School recently broke out the pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Students, teachers and staff wore pink socks, pants, bandanas, jewelry and sold T-shirts to raise awareness and money.

These are just a few of the examples of local youth are anything but the self-centered, attention challenged troublemakers that this new generation is portrayed as.

For their efforts, these students are recognized with this week’s “Good News, Good Neighbors” showcase.

Technology is changing. Society is changing. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Our youth are well positioned to lead us to the future.