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shondradawson Donating Member (141 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-11-09 07:27 PM
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23. I remember in junior high school watching a documentary
on teenage murderers. At that age, a juvenile detention center was a world away from anything or anyone I knew.

It explores the lives of three teenage boys:

a) a fourteen year old who had stabbed to death his father, mother, and younger brother in the home. After which, he took the family car and drove head on into another car on the road. His suicide attempt was botched, but it managed to kill the mother and the child in the car he intentionally hit.

b) a thirteen year old boy and a friend burglarized and bludgeoned an old woman to death.

c) an eleven year old boy stole a gun, and shot and killed his friend to see what would happen...what happened is his friend died.

None of these boys interviewed showed any remorse for their killings. They only seemed to know they had done something wrong because they were convicted and locked away for it. Curiously enough, it was the brutality of their crimes and their lack of remorse that resulted in none of them being put into juvenile correction facilities, but mental rehabilitation programs. Which, of course, made them all eligible for release in the early 90's...

None of these boys were called monsters, animals, or savages. None of these boys were considered beyond redemption. None of these boys were given life sentences for their crimes, or even lengthy sentences, never mind the death penalty.

What all these boys were was white.

There is an earlier post of a Florida rape/murder case involving teenagers...I wonder if they were white.

I have to wonder because...well, it makes a difference.

Another post mentioned the school murders, all done by white children. I have to wonder, had they been alive to be tried for their crimes, how the press would have treated the "horrific, bloodthirsty slaughters, etc.," or would they have become "tragic cries and signs for help from a distressing and desperate coming of age, etc.,"

I have to wonder....(sigh)

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  -Hard to Believe: 73 U.S. Kids Sentenced to Life Without Parole at 14 or Younger, and All Are Black depakid  Nov-11-09 02:42 AM   #0 
  - I find it hard to believe there's not a 14 yr old white/asian/latino kid out there that didn't do  Divine Discontent   Nov-11-09 02:56 AM   #1 
  - What a coincidence!  gaspee   Nov-11-09 06:10 AM   #2 
  - The most infamous school shooters were dead.  NutmegYankee   Nov-11-09 06:34 AM   #3 
  - Reading that makes my heart ache  madokie   Nov-11-09 06:46 AM   #4 
  - yesyes  mdmc   Nov-11-09 06:49 AM   #5 
  - Exactly!  ThatsMyBarack   Nov-11-09 05:47 PM   #16 
  - I don't find it hard to believe  malaise   Nov-11-09 06:50 AM   #6 
  - Not at all hard to believe.  Lyric   Nov-11-09 06:54 AM   #7 
  - So what should have happened to Muhammad?  pimpbot   Nov-11-09 09:32 AM   #12 
  - I bet the real commonality is all were relatively poor with overworked public defenders  stray cat   Nov-11-09 07:22 AM   #8 
  - Wasn't Florida also the state that bragged when their chair  Heywood J   Nov-11-09 05:27 PM   #13 
     - It's primarily a service economy with low paying jobs and minimal worker rights.  ipaint   Nov-11-09 07:17 PM   #22 
  - Kick. This is important.  rug   Nov-11-09 07:34 AM   #9 
  - k&r nt  bananas   Nov-11-09 08:54 AM   #10 
  - not hard to believe  G_j   Nov-11-09 08:58 AM   #11 
  - What do you mean hard to believe! Long-term profitability!  lonestarnot   Nov-11-09 05:28 PM   #14 
  - Shame.  EFerrari   Nov-11-09 05:29 PM   #15 
  - Not hard to believe at all.  Forkboy   Nov-11-09 05:49 PM   #17 
  - Police: Boy, 14, Confesses To WPB Gang Rape  Edweird   Nov-11-09 06:33 PM   #18 
  - good point, a lot of these poor kids that people are defending did the worst crimes imaginable  vadawg   Nov-11-09 06:37 PM   #19 
     - You know damn well that's not the point.  Raineyb   Nov-13-09 11:33 AM   #24 
  - The next time some wingnut starts that "racism is a thing of the past" bullshit,  Atticus   Nov-11-09 06:42 PM   #20 
  - Thank you so much for this article. n/t  Cali_Democrat   Nov-11-09 06:45 PM   #21 
  - I remember in junior high school watching a documentary  shondradawson   Nov-11-09 07:27 PM   #23 
     - Very well put.  redqueen   Nov-13-09 11:38 AM   #25 

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