Way..... Out there !

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It Can't Happen Here..... — UPDATED

He was just riding his bike in his neighborhood when they came at him. Maybe seven older boys who thought it acceptable behavior to slug Christopher Jones in the head. But there were eyewitnesses as Jones tried to pedal away but fell from his bike and hit his head on the street. He died. Last night there was a vigil for the kid on the street where he died.... the street by his house. The Baltimore Sun had the story:

"I want to encourage you tonight to make a choice to give up the violence … not retaliate, to forgive," Pastor Dennis Gray, of the Riva Trace Baptist Church, told the crowd, many of them teens, gathered at the spot where Christopher D. Jones was fatally injured Saturday in his Crofton neighborhood.

Could this happen in Hallmark Woods? Read the story in the Sun. In an earlier story in The Washington Post, Jones' mother had it right: it could happen anywhere. Even in a nice, clean, upscale neighborhood with neat little brick houses.

We can pray for Christopher, and go leave flowers at the memorial on his street. But we also need to promise ourselves to do whatever it takes to see that our kids know the difference between right and wrong, and that they have the inner strength to always stand firmly for the right.

John L.

"Hours after the funeral for Christopher David Jones, police Chief Col. James Teare Sr. told a crowd of more than 500 people to expect to see a mobile command unit, along with foot and bicycle patrols in their Crofton-area neighborhoods."

Wanna bet it doesn't last? What will be the situation a year from now? Will the cops still be there? Will the parents step up?


Update 2: Today (Wed. 10 June) the Baltimore Sun has more. Seems a firebombing in Odenton may have been an attempt at revenge for Christopher's death.


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