posted on Dec, 4 2006 @ 09:38 AM
Originally posted by AnAbsoluteCreation
For the people on this thread that even mention the child's fault should check themselves. That is what 14 year olds do. Everyone I know has thrown
an egg at a home or car to cure the boredom of childhood, myself included. Now I have grown to be a responsible adult that lives my life
altruistically. Mention the parents but leaves the kids out of it. This is a tragedy and cannot be justified by faulting the kids.
Agreed AAC. I have to admit that I never threw an egg at a car, my gig was with snowballs. Yes indeed, as a young stupid kid who was caught in that
time when I was too old to do this, but not old enough to do that, I pegged a couple of cars with snowballs. Not ice balls, snowballs. It wasn't
anger on our part, it was just something to do, that didn't cost anything. We were occassionaly yelled at, but for the most part we became acclimated
to receiving the 1 middle finger salute!
The world has changed so much in the last couple of decades. It is so dangerous now these days.
I think back to my youth. My friends and I used to always play unsupervised. From the age of 7, I would walk to school by myself through a desolate
wooded area everyday. When I got into a fight, the only thing I ever worried about was getting beat up. Deadly force was never even contemplated.
Nowadays, I'm scared for my children every day. Kids getting killed for egging a car, or for their sneakers. Recently a child was shot and killed
because someone wanted his Allan Iverson jersey.
What's the solution? Is there one? To make the punishment so severe that it might actually disuade these lethal acts? Today "street cred" is so
important. You look cool if you kill someone, and like a wimp if you don't.
Without a massive overhaul of the judicial system, I'm afraid that this problem is only going to get worse.