I forgot something. As to anyone that thinks his father should not have tried to help him. Would you have helped your loved one if they were assaulted? Put yourself in his situation. Anyone that you truly love. Mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend...would you have tried to help them?
March 20, 2009 at 3:50 p.m.
As a 2004 graduate of a school in the Mahoning Valley, I feel horribly for everyone involved in this situation. I don't know what the situation was leading up to this kid getting assaulted by a group of kids. I don't know if he had been up for assault prior to getting beaten up. What I do know is that the argument of "We all would've done this if we were in their situation" is a bogus one. I didn't actively search out beating the crap out of kids in groups when I was in high school. Saying that "They're young" isn't even a good argument because these kids do know right from wrong. I'm not hoping they get the $1000 dollar fine, but I hope that each of these people involved gets some sort of jail time. It might sound rough, but if you don't have to pay for your crimes (which beating this kid to a pulp was...no matter how you look at it or what he did before) then you will do it again and again. They have to own up and face the consequences. I hope that they are all tried as adults. What if they would've killed that kid? Sure they didn't, but you have to think about it...that was a big group beating up one person. He may have thrown the first punch, but a huge group of people does not go over someone's house "just to talk". I know he probably did something, but it wasn't mentioned so I'm not going to go there because I'm unfamiliar with the situation. As to mentioning drugs, alcohol or sports teams...why? Drugs and alcohol aren't a part of this article. Sports teams aren't a part of this article. Leave the rivalry and recruitment talk where it belongs everyone.
March 20, 2009 at 3:39 p.m.