Thursday, March 29, 2007

What is wrong with people?

Police: 10-Year-Olds Charged In Attack On Homeless Man
Victim Suffers Serious Head Wound; 3 Boys Charged
UPDATED: 4:37 pm EDT March 29, 2007
From WKMG-TV, central Florida

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two 10-year-olds in Daytona Beach, Fla., are
accused of attacking a homeless man who was hospitalized after a piece of
concrete was smashed into his face, according to police.

Daytona Beach police charged the two 10-year-olds, whose names were not released, and another teen, Jeremy Woods, of Daytona Beach, with aggravated battery after the three threw rocks at two homeless men in a neighborhood near Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach police said.

According to police, the boys pushed John D'Amico, 58, into a concrete block wall. D'Amico fell and one of the 10-year-olds smashed a piece of concrete into his face, police said. D'Amico was transported to Halifax Medical Center with a serious head wound, police said. Local 6 showed video of the man with a black and blue face after the attack. Another unidentified 46-year-old man was not seriously injured in the incident.

Listen: I’m the first person to admit that homeless folks are not pleasant to look at. I’m not a big fan of panhandlers, public excreters, or folks who live in homeless camps around our fair city.

That being said: people are people. YOU DON’T THROW ROCKS AT PEOPLE.

What kind of fundamental derailment of moral values produces 10 year old kids who think it is okay to assault homeless folks?

And I’m not talking about religious values just basic humanity.

If these kids were chucking concrete at pets, we’d be talking about how they are about one fire and a bedwetting away from being the next serial killers. But these kids?

Tell me I’m overreacting.
** and i'm not even going to get into the fact that a lot of homeless folks are mentally ill due to the sad state of our mental health system


John Cowart said...

Of all the things you could have picked up in news about Florida, I'm sorry this one stands out. Not all of us are like that... There's a reason we still have a death penality in this state. Shame there's an age limit for it. These guys are headed for doing something even worse.

Hannah Grace said...

It is true that not all people in Florida OR ANYWHERE ELSE for that matter is like that. It is still sad and disturbing though to hear the things that some kids do nowadays. What is the world coming to?

smussyolay said...

are you suggesting the kids should be killed, john? i am pretty sure jesus wouldn't be down for killing these kids. however, something VERY serious needs to be done with kids who get in trouble/caught doing these things. i'm thinking more serious rehabilitation -- mental, emotional.

unfortunately, while people are quick to tell me money is not the answer to these problems, i DO think that all the monies we are blowing blowing other people up would be well spent on so many other things.

okay. off soapbox.