Saturday, September 29, 2012
Should Girl Gang be treated as adults?
I usually leave crime stories to the professionals, but it doesn't stop me from having an opinion about crime.
My first taste of what was going on came to me in a text message..."Teenage girls cutting up in Chester-someone should kick their asses!!!"
It was hours later that I learned about the video of the beatdown. As expected, the girls were arrested, arraigned, and sent to jail. But there's more.
I'm going to provide my opinions by responding to what I've read so far in the papers.
- Laurel: To the residents in Chester who noticed the video on Facebook and promptly notified police.
- Yes indeed. A great snitch.
- "My client has never been in trouble before."
- Duh! It’s the teenage years that trouble usually starts.
- DART: To the six teen girls charged in a horrific beating incident in Chester in which they not only stand charged of attacking a mentally challenged woman, but also apparently felt the need to videotape it as well. Is this what we have come to?
- Not only 'is this what we have come to', we have been there for years. Kids have been watching online beatdowns for 10 years. To star in one is considered celebrity.
- Magisterial District Judge Dawn Vann originally arraigned four of the suspects in the cell block in Chester Police Headquarters on Friday morning.
- With so much girl crime in Chester, it's great to have a black women magistrate that can relate to these girls having been raised on these same mean streets. I'm sure she gave them a lecture with their arraignment.
- After several media representatives protested and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan spoke to the judge, they were arraigned, a second time, in a courtroom before their family, law enforcement officials and the press.
-That is so wrong in so many ways. To use these girl's mis-actions for show serves no purpose and should be considered a crime. These girls need help, not a public #$^% (I won't print the word I want to use that begins with the letter L).
-Laurel: And also to police and the D. A.’ s office, for charging these young toughs as adults. There’s nothing juvenile about this kind of behavior.
-Wrong. This is juvenile behavior. This is what the kids are doing in the name of fun, usually to each other. Unless you are in the 'hood or in the schools, you don't see the abuse that kids inflict upon each other. It's crazy. I doubt if you'll see a group of 30 year old women rapping to each other on the sidewalk and go in and beat another adult. This action is juvenile behavior in every way. Only a kid would put that video on Facebook. An adult would know better.
Thankfully, the victim will recover from her wounds. What we should learn from this incident is that there are a lot of wounded minds in our juvenile population that need help.
Of course the girls should be punished, arrested and charged. But more than the need for law enforcement and the press to pile on, these girls, and many more like them, need behavioral help.
I don't see any of that type of help on the horizon.