Friday, October 7, 2016

Children Need to Be Held Accountable


I’m sorry to “shout,” but I am so fed up with idiot adults excusing horrifically behaved children so that they grow up to be horrifically behaved adults.

The latest such story I’ve come across, as written by the New York Post, is that of an “Upper East Side mom who was nearly killed when two teens pushed a shopping cart onto her from an overpass at an East Harlem shopping center.”

Four years ago, Marion Hedges, described as a philanthropist, was walking into a Target with the intention of purchasing Halloween candy for children in low-income households. Instead, she was hit by the shopping cart that 12-year-old Raymond Hernandez and 13-year-old Jeovanni Rosario decided to toss off the ledge above her.

After recovering as much as she could – she still suffers brain damage from the incident – Hedges decided to sue. Which makes sense since the two little brats nearly killed her.

What’s not so understandable is who she chose to sue: Target and what seems like all the other establishments inside the shopping plaza.

Because, you know, how dare they offer carts to shoppers! At the very least, they should post warning signs for junior hoodlums to read that it’s not safe to throw said carts off of overpasses.


Hernandez and Rosario, meanwhile? The former had to spend six months in what the Post describes as “a therapeutic group home,” while the latter got six to 18 months at the Graham Windham School for at-risk kids (presumably a juvenile detention center).

Hernandez went on to take part in at least 14 robberies last December, for which he was finally caught. So clearly, he didn’t outgrow his proclivity for “childish antics.”

Yet Hedges doesn’t seem to blame them. The afore-referenced article merely mentions how she “has maintained compassion for the young boys despite her life-altering injuries.”

That’s stupid. Like really, really, backwards, brain-damaged stupid. And yes, I meant exactly what I said.

How can you have “compassion” for the perpetrators yet none for non-complicit businesses?

Besides, excusing inexcusable behavior isn’t actual compassion. It’s irresponsible.

It’s irresponsible for the lawless children who need to learn some serious lessons, and it’s irresponsible for all the victims they’ll continue to harm otherwise. 

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