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Teenagers are Impaired

Posted by bsflag2007 on Sunday, December 3, 2006

Some time ago, we had an incident in our little neck of the woods — several neighborhood boys (about 13 years old) thought it would be all kinds of fun to climb a tree along a well travelled road, and shoot at passing cars with “air soft” guns.

Apart from the obvious questions about why the boys had unsupervised access to such items etc —- one wonders what could be going through their minds.  I believe the research is in and it is official, teenage boys are mentally impaired.

In any event – one man stopped his car, got out and chased down a couple of the boys – grabbed them and held them until police came.

My first thought was how scarey it was to think of what could have happened.  One parent (our friend) felt it was well deserved and he was glad the guy had acted as he did (his kid was one of the ones who “got away”, but was contacted by the parents of those “caught”.)

I would appreciate some feedback about this.   I am a firm believer in “the village” concept …. I absolutely want to hear from my friends, neighbors, teachers, passers-by, if they see my kid doing something illegal, dangerous, stupid, or rude.  I have no issue with neighborhood parents “speaking” to neighborhood kids when they are misbehaving – I’ve been known to correct grammar and feign shock at crude language uttered in my presence as well.

However — as much as I would be furious if my kid were hanging from a tree playing sniper with a pellet gun … if someone (other than the police) pulled over and got out I believe I would counsel them to run for their lives.  There is no telling what kind of a nut might “chase them down” … and he might not”just” call the police.

This conversation was re-ignited at our house with the following story — I wonder how others feel about this.

Cindy Vaillancourt

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Police: Angry driver kills egg-throwing teen

14-year-old Ohio boy shot after teens targeted SUV

Updated: 9:44 a.m. ET Dec 3, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A 14-year-old boy who was throwing eggs at cars along with two other teenagers was shot and killed by someone who had been in a sport utility vehicle that was hit, police said.

Danny Crawford was killed by a gunshot wound to his upper body, Franklin County Coroner Brad Lewis said. He died in an alley on the city’s west side early Saturday, authorities said.

The teens were throwing eggs at cars when an SUV that was struck chased them, Detective Tim Huston said. The vehicle stopped and several gunshots were fired, he said.

lifted from the Columbus Dispatch

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3 Responses to “Teenagers are Impaired”

  1. This happened to me when I was a boy. The man chased me and my brother down. Told us why what we were doing was wrong. Took our name and phone numbers and told us by the time we got home he will have called our parents. When we got home we said “Mom, did you get a phone call from a man about us?” Noticing the tone of our voice and the look on our faces she said “Yes, now explain to me what you were doing.”. We did. It became obvious that he didn’t call and would never call. We understood that he set us up and the only way he could have done so was because he was a father. He got us to spill our guts – and boy did we get in a load of trouble. My Mom wished that guy had called so she could thank him.
    If someone is going to assault your kid they don’t need an excuse to do it. They are just going to do it. The Ohio story is an exception. The person should go to jail for a long time.

  2. Jessica Murry said

    I agree with the above post. The man may have prevented the boys from causing a serious accident and he was brave for chasing the kids. More people especially adults need to act like adults and stop thinking it is someone elses responsibility.

  3. Cory said

    I concur completely and couldn’t have said it any better than the previous two posts.

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