A battle for San Pedro man's heart an...

A battle for San Pedro man's heart and mind

There are 45 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Sep 26, 2009, titled A battle for San Pedro man's heart and mind. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Johnny Torres, 31, started his first day as a UCLA student on Thursday. Johnny Torres began his journey to a university classroom on a scorching summer day in the far reaches of Afghanistan.

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Lance

Camarillo, CA

#1 Sep 27, 2009
UCLA is on the quarter system, not semester.
WOW

United States

#2 Sep 27, 2009
Good for him,,, What an inspiration for me because I pray for my grandson who sadly has 2 parents that don't know how to act and my grandson's mother calls him horrible names. What hope for my little grandson.... I wish my grandson had a positive male role model to mentor him like someone like Mr. Torres. I wish Mr. Torres success...According to the article it appears Mr. Torres is also a casual on the docks....Contrary to what alot of people think there are good people down on the docks just like Mr. Torres. Keep up the good work and I feel so proud of you, my fellow San Pedran.
Jim Smith in Pedro

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Sep 27, 2009
What an inspiration. More kids should see the real world outside of the USA to appreciate what they have here. I am in awe of Mr. Torres, and will put him on my prayer list. Thanks for sharing this story
Jose SP

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#4 Sep 27, 2009
I wish the young man can continue to funnel those same survival skills that got him through in the Army and redirect them toward academic achievment. Just remember to keep believing in yourself and ask questions of professors and of other students so you stay grounded. Good luck.
LLG

Burbank, CA

#6 Sep 27, 2009
I had tears in my eyes after reading your triumphiant story. I want to share it with my son this morning. Good luck!!
Mox

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#7 Sep 27, 2009
It doesn't matter where you are, it matters WHO you are. Congrats on who you are John and rising above where you were.
D Yang

Westland, MI

#8 Sep 27, 2009
This is a great story of perserverence...believe in yourself, Johnny, even when others don't...continue to derive strength from your struggles...God bless you!
Bob from PV

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#9 Sep 27, 2009
Great kid going to a great school.

This is what the world needs: inpiration to suceed in life by conquering the obstables.
StayAtHomeMom

Westminster, CA

#10 Sep 27, 2009
This is a great story and we should hear more from others, there should be a special section in the news papper for stories like this ! Have a great day !
kwazywabbit

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Sep 27, 2009
Not too many poeple from bad backgrounds are able to succeed in life. Great news on his achievements. Keep up the good work.
frank

Bellflower, CA

#12 Sep 27, 2009
A great success story! It shows that you can overcome the greatest hurdles in life, turn what was bad to good by learning from it. Help others learn from you.
just me

United States

#13 Sep 27, 2009
LLG wrote:
I had tears in my eyes after reading your triumphiant story. I want to share it with my son this morning. Good luck!!
Bravo to both of you young men, I work at Gardena High School, when some of the staff ask me why do you bother with "those kids", stories like this make me understand why. You are an insperation to me and it shows the world that you are not throw away kids. I too went to San Pedro High School, did not graduate with my class, I decided to take charge of my life and go back to school, and twenty years later I end up at Gardena High School, and what I see makes my hair stand up. To all the adults that come into contact with children, please try to find the silver lining in that child. It cost nothing for you to say a kind word, take extra time, we are so quick to place blame in the parents, but when that parent is not parenting, remember that child needs us. Its time to start investing more in our children, looks like a dividend just paid off. Good Luck to you Johnny Torres, God Bless You, and I am proud of you...
just me

United States

#14 Sep 27, 2009
Meant to quote Bruin Alumni
just me

United States

#15 Sep 27, 2009
StayAtHomeMom wrote:
This is a great story and we should hear more from others, there should be a special section in the news papper for stories like this ! Have a great day !
I agree, come on Daily Breeze, you have a section for Crime and Courts, let's hear what our youth are doing, how about a "South Bay Youth Success" section, we the residents of South Bay should contact The Daily Breeze, I am going to email them now....
Amy

AOL

#16 Sep 27, 2009
Lance right..because THAT was the important part of the story....good God idiot...instead of pointing out such a petty mistake in the article why don't you read the ENTIRE thing and make a comment on this young man's many successes????
Amy

AOL

#17 Sep 27, 2009
I just wanted to wish Johnny Torres all the best in his pursuits!!!
terry jones

Sahuarita, AZ

#18 Sep 27, 2009
You go Johnny Torres, Army Ranger..Ahwhoahh!

You are an inspiration to this 66 year old Air Force Veteran, my prayers and best wishes are for you.
terry jones
Ranchera

Pasadena, CA

#19 Sep 27, 2009
I raised my kids in Rancho & learned early on if they are taught some morals, self-esteem, & goals that something good will come out of this.
I am very lost for words on Johnny's life story here, I mean it totally floored, but i am very glad to hear another kid is making it in life.
It shows that it can be done no matter what environment you are raised in.
The person to change the lifestyle is one's ownself.
Bravo Johnny, I do hope your goals are reached soon.
MomofaNorthHighS enior

United States

#20 Sep 27, 2009
I am proud of you and your not my son, I wish you all the best you will be a wonderful doctor. I shared this with my son and I hope this inspires him. God Bless You......
TMH

La Crescenta, CA

#22 Sep 27, 2009
just me wrote:
<quoted text>Bravo to both of you young men, I work at Gardena High School, when some of the staff ask me why do you bother with "those kids", stories like this make me understand why. You are an insperation to me and it shows the world that you are not throw away kids. I too went to San Pedro High School, did not graduate with my class, I decided to take charge of my life and go back to school, and twenty years later I end up at Gardena High School, and what I see makes my hair stand up. To all the adults that come into contact with children, please try to find the silver lining in that child. It cost nothing for you to say a kind word, take extra time, we are so quick to place blame in the parents, but when that parent is not parenting, remember that child needs us. Its time to start investing more in our children, looks like a dividend just paid off. Good Luck to you Johnny Torres, God Bless You, and I am proud of you...
You are so right, if the parents aren't being parents we as a community need to stand up to the challange, to help these kids know life is worth living,

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