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shondradawson Donating Member (141 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-11-09 08:27 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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