By Gregory Moore
This past Monday, while many people took the day off in observance of Martin Luther King Day (his actual birthday was on Jan. 15th), I was leaving my place of residence to put in about five hours worth of work and studying.
Evidently the 14 year old who shot Daniel Brown, 13, and Kenisha Sutton, 18, and Brandi Dillards, 21 around 2:30 p.m. near the Church’s Fried Chicken location on S. New Braunfels had a different way of honoring the slain civil rights leader.
I guess that included not understanding that King was about peaceful means of squashing beefs; not stealing a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
And I guess being a coward by shooting into someone’s home back in November and almost striking an innocent child makes this teen a man in society’s eyes huh?
But you know what’s worse than reading about this 14 year old punk or thinking that the DA will let this kid be tried as a juvenile in Judge Carmen Kelsey’s court?
The fact that too many in the younger generations look at this day as a chance to enjoy a ‘vacation’ and not truly understand what Dr. King and so many others went through in those turbulent times.
It seems like just about every year either myself or another columnist pens a piece about the lack of understanding that so many in the younger generations display when it comes to certain situations in life.
I’ve read the comments from the daily paper under this story and I’ll tell you that many of the posters have a point: this teen needs to be held accountable. More importantly, and this was brought up by a few posters, the parents need to be held accountable as well.
His parents need to be charged with some sort of crime because he was not properly supervised. Granted they may not have known that he was going to commit two serious crimes but nonetheless if they were with him, the chances of him doing something so foolish would have been mitigated.
And what is it with someone trying to prove their worth with a handgun these days?
That thought process can only be derived from the actions that is portrayed out in society by others. This teenager just didn’t decide to pick up a gun on that day; he had a mindset of thinking this is how you squash something and prove yourself to whoever you are trying to impress. If that is the case, which I firmly believe it is, then he needs to be held to the same standard that other grown men who are arrested with illegal possession of a weapon are; he needs to be charged as an adult.
Some people will say this a harsh stance but it’s only harsh in the fact that you are looking at the numerical age of this individual.
At 14 years old, I was just trying to figure out how to keep my grades up so that my father wouldn’t be tattooing my backside with a paddle.
At 14 years old, I was more interested in trying to jump over this small creek near my parents’ home in Cincinnati with my pseudo BMX bike than I was about shooting someone over something stupid.
At 14 years old I was trying to get Jennie from up the street to realize that I ain’t no kid wanting to take her to the movies; I’m a grown ass man. Okay granted she was a year older but you get the point.
I definitely wasn’t looking for any fights and I can guarantee you that Mr. and Mrs. Moore had tight rein on their two sons.
And my brother and I also had this hanging over our head: if we did something so stupid, our father was bringing heaven and hell down on our heads.
Now whether he could do it wasn’t the issue; we respected our parents enough to understand that we were not going to embarrass them in public.
Do you think any of that was going through this 14 year old’s head on Monday at 2:30 p.m. near St. Gerard’s High School, across from Church’s Fried Chicken and near the Scott Davis YMCA?
Hell no he wasn’t thinking.
But maybe what needs to happen is for Judge Kelsey to kick this case to the adult court system and let this boy find out how real men are treated in the justice system.
Maybe what needs to happen is for District Attorney Susan Reed to order her ADA for this case to ratchet up the charge of three counts of attempted assault with a deadly weapon to three counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Maybe what needs to happen is for this family to realize they better get a handle on what this kid is thinking and either help him now or cut his ass loose before he brings them down and creates a tragedy.
Lastly maybe it is time for society to stop thinking that 14 year old boys today are like what I was at 14 years old some 29 years ago.
We need to hold kids like this wannabe tough guy accountable and if that means holding them to adult standards; then so be it.
If that means our society is safer in the long run then I say let’s go ahead and start holding teen age tough guys to real tough standards of accountability.