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If the children are the future, then we're in big, big trouble

Hardly a day goes by that I don't rejoice the fact that I live in New Hampshire, not Massachusetts, and have recent moved farther away from the Bay State. And two stories in the news recently have affirmed my despair that not only are things getting worse down there, but there isn't much to indicate that it's ever going to get better.

First up, we have the tale of a boy who gave out all kinds of warning signs that he was troubled. For months, he terrorized his school with threats and outbursts of violence. But no one could be troubled to intervene and stop him while he continually escalated his deeds, until he finally reached the ultimate -- and murdered a schoolmate.

And in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a teacher who did a favor for a student has learned the old saying that "no good deed goes unpunished" -- and two young men are facing major charges.

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole culture to screw them up this badly.

Massachusetts, this is your future. You made it, now embrace it.

Comments (8)

" before choosing a random ... (Below threshold)

" before choosing a random victim to execute a murder fantasy ripped from a Stephen King series, a prosecutor said yesterday. "

Uhh, wasn't a moon-bat poster jawing yesterday about how only the left has such creative people as Stephen King?! Where's the outrage people?! For the children!!

Was it ever really any diff... (Below threshold)

Was it ever really any different?


Egill Skallagrímsson murdered another boy with an ax when he was seven which was probably somewhere around 900 AD.

Not that it isn't horrible. Not that it makes it okay. It's just that mourning some spiraling down into darkness really does need the perspective of reality rather than an idealized belief about some golden age when young men never made violent and potentially fatal mistakes, never thought it would be fun to be a gangsta or a bandito or a pirate, never turned to crime or violence, never had something broken inside.

Off topic:OK, what g... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Off topic:
OK, what goes in mind the instant I open Wizbang and see this headline? Oh yeah, this song.

Thanks, Jay. Thanks a lot. Here's hoping get Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" in your head today.


Hardly a day goes by tha... (Below threshold)

Hardly a day goes by that I don't rejoice the fact that I live in New Hampshire, not Massachusetts

No shit. Tell me more, Jay; I'm sure I speak for the world at large when I say that I just can't get enough of your Massachusetts blather.

astigafa, have a hearty STF... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

astigafa, have a hearty STFU&GBTW

I'll translate for astigafa... (Below threshold)

I'll translate for astigafa:

"Massachusetts is a liberal state and please quit telling us how it's falling apart, because it's embarrassing to my party."

It's troubling because of t... (Below threshold)

It's troubling because of their past--time with parents who are themselves morally childish and friviolous.

We have a group a parents at the local high school who keep tolerating un-chaperoned parties, after the 3rd fatal car accident involving drunk driving at the school in 2 years.

Look at the parents for all the clues you need.

Jay, I certainly understand... (Below threshold)

Jay, I certainly understand your inclination to look at the Lincoln-Sudbury tragedy with a jaundiced eye, but I would encourage you to have some circumspection in that case. The "perp" in that case suffers from the same psych disability as my son, and so I have an keen and deep understanding of what was going on there (there is no starker instance to which I can employ the old addage, "there but for the grace of God go I") -- and I also know for a certainty that this boy's parents have been as engaged, aggressive, supportive, protective, etc etc as you could expect any parents to be -- which makes this tragedy all the more difficult. It is just not fair or appropriate to include this incident in the roster of Massachusetts Horror Stories, any more than it is fair for Howie Carr to launch his annual assault in New Hampshire's hunting afficionados.

Mitchell, your reference to "morally childish and frivolous" parents really does not fit here. Frequently elsewhere, for sure, but for a certainty not here.






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