I will not lie, I was pissed. Very angry. I mean really, what kind of degenerate fucktard robs little kids, much less Boy Scouts selling Christmas Trees? And it happened in MY neighborhood, less than a few blocks from where I send my daughter to school every day.
"Put 'em under the jail," I railed to Ye Old Matey who ignored my rant but vaguely nodded in agreement.
"If they get caught, it's over for them."
"Well, they deserve what they get. Robbing little kids...idiots..."
I'm watching TV the other day and these three young men, young black men, their mugshots splashed across the screen - two are 19, the other is 20. Less than a full decade older than the kids they robbed. Legally they are men. Their smooth faces and skinny frames are those of teenagers
They are guilty as hell and they look it. And I'm thinking, they need help. Somebody really needs to show these stupid, stupid, boys where they went wrong - how what they did was wrong and how they can need a better life.
But it is not to be. They have thrown their lives away and we are more than willing to throw them into the garbage can of jail.
Joe Deters had his moment to talk tough and who will argue with him?
"When this happened I stated at that time they better pray to God we don’t find out who they are," said Deters. "Now we know and they will pay the price."I heard him say on TV the other day. The Cincinnati Enquirer records this quote in an editorial here.
[Deters] adds, "They're a bunch of thugs. I mean, who would put a shotgun in a
little kid's face and punch a boy scout. Robbing them while there's a gun in their faces, that takes a whole lot of bravery."
...the Hamilton County Prosecutor says he'll show no mercy for the three suspects who held shotguns in the faces of young scouts and their parents.
I worry that we are more concerned about punishment than about making sure these very young people, who have the time, to actually do something good with their lives, if we could only intervene. Surely, no one has up until now.
They face up to 50 years each. Ye Old Matey, who has worked in corrections says it will probably end up about 25 years but the way Joe Deters is talking, these young men will be old men before they can even consider freedom and what that entails.
There lives are over and they hadn't really begun. Too bad they didn't become Boy Scouts instead.