District attorney stresses parental involvement _lowres

Photo provided by LINDA FALLER JOINER -- Pictured, from left, are Darren Gomilla, special education teacher at Hammond Westside Montessori School, and District Attorney Scott Perrilloux. Perrilloux spoke to parents about their key role in keeping children out of trouble.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux was the guest speaker at Hammond Westside Montessori School for the All Pro Dads Breakfast held on March 9.

Perrilloux told the audience of dads and moms that 20 years in the DA’s Office has made him realize the importance of parental involvement in reducing crime.

The District Attorney’s Office makes decisions about people’s lives every day, he said. It’s a huge responsibility, not a form of power.

Perrilloux suggested that parents need to provide lots of positive guidance. Teaching children to learn a lesson from their mistakes and not to make them again is wise, he said.

Children with low attendance at school and a lack of education sometimes end up making poor choices, he said. The key to reducing criminal behavior is education. He said that over the past 20 years, the story from parents has changed from “My kid is a good kid, but hangs around with the wrong people,” to “My kid is a good kid, but has a drug problem.”

As a community, he urged parents to teach their children the detriments of using drugs. Drug abuse not only affects the user, but the entire family, he added.