This is a solution that we have forgotten or turned our backs on, as a society we are raising thugs and criminals, child prostitutes and beggars. We have removed God from our schools, our courts, our government buildings, our homes and in some cases even our churches. We have allowed Political Correctness and tolerance to remove our moral standards until we no longer have any standard.
“You may think I’m a threat to the well-being of society. And I can understand why you would feel that way. The fact is that I’m not. I’d be an asset to society.”
January 22, 1980. At 13, Eric Smith was bullied because of his thick glasses, freckles, long red hair and one other quality: He had protruding, elongated ears. These were believed to be a side effect of medicine his mother had taken for her epilepsy when she was pregnant. Police charged Smith with the murder of a four-year-old boy named Derrick Robie. The younger child had been strangled, had large rocks dropped on his head, and had been sodomized with a small stick. When asked why he did it, Smith cannot give a definite answer. A psychiatrist diagnosed Smith with intermittent explosive disorder, a condition in which a person cannot control inner rage. Smith was convicted and went to prison. As of today, he’s still in prison and has been denied parole six times.
“This sure beats algebra, doesn’t it?”
On February 2, 1996, the Frontier Middle School was devastated by a hostage-taking incident and shooting spree that occurred in an algebra class. It took the lives of three people (two students and a teacher) and resulted in the critical injury of one student. The person accused was a 14-year-old boy named Barry Dale Loukaitis, who was experiencing delusional and messianic thoughts before the shooting. Barry was dressed to look like a gunslinger from the Wild West in a black duster, and armed with a .30-30 caliber rifle, a .357 caliber pistol and a .25 caliber pistol that belonged to his father. The students were held hostage for 10 minutes before a gym coach tricked and outwitted the boy.
"We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.”
Three teen-aged boys, 17, 16 and 15-year-olds, who had left a "chilling message" on Facebook about their intentions, followed the 22-year-old Melbourne man in a black Ford Focus and shot him in the back before driving off.
The teens were caught four hours later after a concerned parent called police with a message: "Several juveniles are coming over to kill their son." The three were arrested in a church carpark adjacent to the intended victim's home. After police arrested the three teens, the oldest told police that they chose Christopher Lane at random. "We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.'"
The youngest boy danced and laughed as he was being taken into a police station to be charged. District Attorney Jason Hicks said, "He thinks it's funny, and it's all a joke," Mr. Hicks said. While one of the boys is known to juvenile authorities for previous infractions, none of them have any apparent links to a gang or drugs. All three have been charged with first-degree murder and will be tried as adults.
“He was just a witness, he didn't do anything wrong."
Dominique Lang took the stand at the murder trial of De'Marquise Elkins, who is accused of shooting 13-month-old Antonio Santiago on March 21. Police say the 15-year-old Lang was an accomplice, and he is also charged with murder and will be tried at a later date.
Lang said he ran into Elkins that morning, and the older teen asked if he'd ever robbed anyone. Lang said he told Elkins he hadn't. A bit later, as the two were walking side by side down a street, they saw Sherry West down the block with a baby stroller.
Elkins walked toward West and told her to give him her purse, Lang said. West refused and Elkins repeated his demand several times before pulling out a gun and hitting West in the face with it, Lang said. West still wouldn't give up the purse and tugged back when Elkins reached out and grabbed it, Lang said. Then Elkins threatened the baby. Lang said Elkins walked around the stroller toward her and shot at the ground and then shot West in the leg and asked for the purse again. Lang said he wasn't sure what happened next but said Elkins had been pointing the gun at the baby and Lang heard a third shot. Then both teens took off running.
Prosecutors said information from Elkins' mother and sister led investigators to a pond where they found a .22-caliber revolver. Elkins' mother, Karimah Elkins, is standing trial alongside her son on charges of evidence tampering and lying to police. Elkins' sister also was charged with evidence tampering.
The arrest of Brunswick city commissioner James Henry Brooks, who serves as mayor pro tem on the four-member city commission, was arrested Thursday on charges of obstructing a police officer and interfering with a witness.
Brooks attorney Alan David Tucker said the commissioner at first believed the family that police were rushing to prosecute Elkins and wanted to help. That was before De’Marquise Elkins’ and Sabrina Elkins, were charged with evidence tampering.
The commissioner has other legal problems that aren’t connected to the baby killing. Thursday a grand jury in neighboring Camden County indicted Brooks on racketeering and other charges saying he abused his elected office by getting applicants for police jobs, liquor licenses and permits to pay him in exchange for his help influencing other officials. Tucker said Brooks did nothing illegal.
Attorneys for De’Marquise Elkins and Lang say both their clients are innocent. In an unusual Twist Sherry West’s older Son was also killed during a robbery gone bad but as the perpetrator not the victim.
Her son Shaun Glassey was killed with a steak knife in March 2008 during an attack involving several other teens on a street corner in Gloucester County, N.J., according to news reports.
Glassey “and some other boys were going to ambush a kid,” Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County prosecutor’s office, told the Associated Press.
But the target was able to wrestle the weapon out of Glassey’s hand and he “ended up on the wrong end of the knife,” Weisenfeld said.
Several deaths, some with firearms, some with knives, all committed by children under 18 years old, all racial backgrounds, all parts of the country. One common theme, they are senseless killings by unguided children. In my last example the family and the community are trying to blame anyone except the one who pulled the trigger, they are actively trying to distort the truth to protect the perpetrators from the consequences of their actions; and the role models are severely lacking in moral character themselves.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Just my thoughts for today.