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'Parachute' kids need supervision, or a ticket home

'Parachute' kids need supervision, or a ticket home
High school students from China allegedly tortured fellow students near this gazebo at Rowland Heights Park in Rowland Heights, Calif., on June 23, 2015. (Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: Apart from the obvious horror of the incidents described in this tale of teenage bullying and torture, these "parachute" kids represent the merging of a Dickens novel and a Marx Brothers movie. ("Adolescence in free fall," July 2)

Any parent who would send his or her child off alone to a foreign country — even if the intent is to obtain a better education or a better life for the child — has missed a few vital chapters in the book of parenting.

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And any government department that allows this practice is hopelessly trapped in a tragic, slapstick comedy of incompetence.

If these young people are found guilty of the crimes of which they are accused, any plea bargain should include their expulsion from America — after they have served whatever lengthy time is meted out to them — with the proviso that they may never return.

Needless to say, this absurd program of unsupervised children must be brought to an immediate end.

Bart Braverman, Los Angeles

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