Judge Marsha Slough relayed that message to community members, law enforcement officials and educators in attendance at West End chapter of the Gangs and Drugs Task Force's quarterly meeting on Monday at Chaffey High School.
And while the courts can only do so much, Slough said parents and the community need to intervene.
Editor: In an earlier post, I said I was going to stop posting about drug court graduations because there were so many of them, I couldn't keep up. Today, when I read this story, I decided to make an exception.
Excerpts: "Today I can say that I'm proud of myself," graduate Raul Ramirez said to thunderous applause and cheers.
"Today I get to love people, I don't have to hate people," he added. "My mom can look at me today ... she can see where I am and be proud."