Deyon Kaigler said in December that he was done stealing cars. His friends were still posting videos of high-speed joyrides to Facebook, wearing key fobs on lanyards around their necks. But Deyon, 16, had decided it was too dangerous. "I value my life," he said. "I´m not trying to be dead." Just eight months later, on Sunday morning, three boys died and Deyon was led away in handcuffs after a fiery, high-speed crash sent a stolen Ford Explorer pinwheeling through the air down Tampa Road in Palm Harbor, bursting into flames. Eight teenage car thieves from Pinellas have now died in the
What I came away with after reading the article was, we need Federal money and the government is not doing enough to curtail this problem! Of course, not mentioned was the fact that had the law come down hard on these black kids, it would have been racist and the same parents crying for help now would have been marching with signs slamming the police for picking on their medical school bound, good boys!
Each of the teens involved in Sunday´s crash had "extremely extensive criminal histories". One of the lads had just been released by juvie authorities.
Dad said that it´s difficult to parent a child who has no respect for the courts; it´s difficult to parent a child who has no respect for the courts. Pop, how about starting with respect for parents that is built from birth? Where were you in his upbringing?
Grandma wishes they had been "harder" on her deceased grandson. And, Grandma, where was his family, your progeny, "raising him up"? What sort of morals did they instill?
And what about the vaunted "village"? Seems this boy´s village has a problem teaching him morals, self-control and law-abiding citizenship.
The young man and his cohorts in crime seem to have caught what they inevitably had coming. Glad no innocents were taken.
I have a black neighbor who believes the USA has done enough damage and deserves what we´ve been getting. He also insists white law enforcement delibertly fills jails and prisons with black and brown inmates -- as if they have nothing to do with it.
Kids of every race and ethnicity have always pushed the limits--of their parents, of the law, of society. This is a real tragedy (and not just for the SUV.) Death is forever, and no parent should ever have to bury their child.
There is a limit to what parents can do with young men who are bigger and stronger than they are. The courts actually do have the power to inflict punishments that would be true deterrents, and they have not done it.
As for the comments here, ugh. lucianne.com is not what it once was.
The law of the land was pretty easy on these young citizens, so they continued to repeat-offend.
The laws of physics are much tougher! (You know - inertia and such.) They tend to be pretty impartial about age of offenders, race, educational level, etc.
Hard to think of the deceased as "victims." The victims are the innocents who just happen to get into the path of destruction, and the people whose vehicles get stolen. (And your status is jeopardized if you leave your car on the street, with keys in the ignition.)
here was a tv series several years ago called ´Bait Car.´ A car rigged with cameras and a remote control cutoff gadget was placed by police in high crime areas, and there was a bit of acting so that the driver exited the car, sometimes fake arrested, and the car was running, with keys in the ignition. The car would be stolen, usually by black teens, followed by police, then shut off by remote control. The car thieves would, within seconds, concoct lies to explain their presence. The cameras told the story. What could one take away from the series? Youngsters who had no impulse control were roaming the streets.
Keontae - Chianti Dejarae - male form of Désirée Keondrae - because it goes well with brother´s name, Keontae. Or the parent was a fan of James Earl Jones´ movie "Cry, the Beloved Keondrae (Country)." I´m just trying to figure out where the names originate.
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