My name is xxxx xxxx. I am an applicant for the position of Border Patrol Agent. I am writing in response to a 01MAR08. According to the letter, there is one incident in my teenage history that has raised suitability concerns. This incident is an example of my immature misconduct in high school. During the time frame of 2005, I was, like many 17 year olds, a very immature and childish person. I take full responsibility for my lackluster performance during this time frame, and I hope to prove to you that I have long since grown up and become an upstanding asset to society.
While attending high school, I made some poor decisions regarding my choice of friends in my third year, which led to my expulsion and arrest. As a juvenile, I never realized that associating with the wrong crowd would impact my future, especially my wish to accomplish an ambition and to join a law enforcement agency such as the United States Border Patrol. Although I never did “jump-in” or formally enter (join?) the gang, I did associate with the members of the Sureno gang.
Please allow me the opportunity to address the following incident:
On February 26, 2005, I was arrested by the Fresno Police Department, after a disturbance on campus between the Sureno and Bulldog Gangs. The incident initiated when members of the Bulldog gang began to verbally attack members from the Sureno gang from outside of campus. The group of Surenos and I were gather at a bench that was located in front of campus, when a security guard took notice of the verbal attacks the rival gang made. Carmen, a security guard at Roosevelt High School, approached the group of Surenos and I, and notified the group to calm down and ignore the verbal attacks. She stated that the Fresno Police Department had already been notified that an outside group of Bulldogs was verbally taunting students from the high school. After a couple of minutes, the number of security guards and police officers increased. Within the group of Surenos there was an ex-student that had been expelled from Roosevelt High School and was not supposed to be on or near campus. After the group took notice of that event, the ex-student gave me a gold-colored metal knuckle which I concealed in my left shoe. The ex-student then proceeded to exit the school campus through a back gate located at the southwest of campus. I and two other members of the Sureno Gang followed the ex-student to the back gate. As the group walked to the southwest gate, security guards took notice of the sudden departure and tried to stop the group. The group took notice of this, and sprinted to the gate. Near the gate, the group was approached by a security guard on a golf cart and was told to stop. I and the companions stopped, the ex-student continued and escaped without being captured. After being stopped, Vice Principal Vargas approached the group, questioned and then searched each person. He discovered the hidden metal knuckle in my left shoe.
I do not blame anyone for my immature and reckless actions during that time. I understand that I was not obligated to take possession and/or conceal the metal knuckle in my shoe. But because I did, I had to take full responsibility for my actions and accept the punishment as such.
After being arrested and expelled from school, the juvenile court charged me with a misdemeanor and sentenced me to one year probation, along with the requirement that I attend probation school. During the year of probation, I had to meet with my Probation Officer Juan Flores each month, and was not to associate or be near gang members, along with some other conditions.
The year of probation and probation school made a significant difference in my life. Not only was I separated from the bad influences that surrounded me at school, but it also provided an opportunity for me to exceed academically. Probation school transformed my way of thinking. Before, I was not surrounded by students who wished to exceed academically. These students seem to care less about their futures. I saw the disrespect the students showed to the teachers, whose only ambition was to help the students exceed in life and academically. I realized that I was not a bad person; I was just heading in the wrong direction. Probation school changed my life.
After completing my year of probation and probation school, I enrolled at Reedley Community College. At this community college, I completed two years of education and obtained my Associates of Art degree. In addition, in the year 2006 I waso on the Dean’s list for achieving a GPA more than 3.50. Currently I am attending Fresno State University.
I have enclosed all the documents which demonstrate that I have matured and taken actions to pursue my dream of joining the United States Border Patrol. The documents that will be enclosed with this letter are:
• Grades from high school.
• Grades from probation school.
• Grades from college and university.
These documents will illustrate a significant difference in maturity and will show the academic improvement from high school to the present.
It has been more than three years since my arrest. During those years I have continue to help my parents at our family business. I have not been involved in any criminal activities or associated with any gang members since then. I am currently attending Fresno State University, where I plan to obtain my Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.
Well done! I did some tweeking and deleting of duplicate sentences. Good luck! You are a real success story and have a bright future! (How about as a lawyer for other youths who may make the same mistake, and deserve a second chance?)
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