LETTER: An apology to the community

Recently I have gone through a second-chance process with Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association ...

Recently I have gone through a second-chance process with Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association, and throughout that process I have learned so much.

A short while ago I wronged an innocent man by stealing some of his personal property. I took his licence plates so that I could gain a little bit of freedom without having to pay for it. At the time I was being influenced by some of my other teenage friends who had been able to drive early and I thought I would never get caught. By doing so, I endangered everyone around me, stole from the insurance company, and, most of all, caused this man to possibly miss work and took up his free time.

I would like to send out my apologies to this man and anyone else out there who has woken up to the terrible frustrating feeling of something dear to them being taken away by greedy acts like the one I committed.

After going through the restorative justice process and talking to Constable Kern I have learned about all of the impacts that I had on the community, and I have learned how much more damage could have been caused by my actions.

I have really adjusted my path towards being a more academic person. I have learned many things about the legal system and many other life lessons that will stay with me for a long time.

The restorative justice process has thoroughly convinced me to stay far away from trouble like this forever.

An ­Abbotsford youth

Editor’s note: It is News policy not to publish anonymous letters except in special circumstances. The Abbotsford Restorative Justice organization provides an alternative to the criminal justice system without involving court, and this apology letter to the community, written by the youth responsible, forms part of restitution for the youth’s actions. Anonymity has been granted in this case.