By: Chaya Silber
Appeared in the Ami Magazine Succos 2020 Addition
Avi’s story: It all began with my parents coming into my room and telling me to pack up my things. “You’re going away for a few weeks to a camp upstate.” “NO WAY!” I shot back. “I’m not going. And even if you drag me there in handcuffs, I’ll just run away.”
At that point, my father showed me a court order and told me I had no choice. It was the only way to keep me out of a juvenile detention center.