day an eight-year-old boy went to the pet store with his dad to buy
a puppy. The store manager showed them to a pen where five little
furry balls huddled together.
After a while, the boy noticed one of the litter all by itself in
an adjacent pen.
The boy asked, "Why is that puppy all alone?"
The manager explained, "That puppy was born with a bad leg and
would be crippled for life, so we're going to have to put him to sleep."
"You're going to kill this little puppy?" the boy said sadly
while patting it.
"You have to realized that this puppy would never be able to
run and play with a boy like you."
After a short conversation with his boy, the dad told the manager
that they wanted to buy the puppy with the bad leg.
"For the same amount of money, you could have one of the 'healthy'
ones. Why do you want this one?"
To answer the manager's question, the boy bent over and pulled up
the pants on his right leg, exposed the brace underneath and said,
"Mister, I want this one because I understand what he's going
CHILDREN WITH SEVERE EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCES
NEED TO BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO BE THE "PICK OF THE LITTER"
MO-SPAN KNOWS THAT TOO OFTEN CHILDREN/YOUTH ARE HEALTHY ON THE OUTSIDE
BUT HURTING ON THE INSIDE AND THAT COMMUNITIES NEED ALL OUR