Ok regarding "my take" on the incident that occurred at VT.
I am not saying he wasn't an adult. (Although there are plenty of "full grown" folks that aren't adult at all. Age has nothing to do with it. Not all kids roll over by 3-4 months of age and not all 23 year olds are adults. Heck there are some 40 year olds that aren't very adult or responsible or know the difference between right and wrong. )
I am not saying he had a "right" to kill as he did.
I am saying that I think lots of people dropped the ball on this kid.
How am I unAmerican that I am not raising up against this boy? Is it because he had a green card?
I am not an expert. You have your opinion and I have mine. You can hate him all you want. You can let it live in your soul. I do honestly feel a little bit sorry for him. He was in some deep trouble. He had some issues. He needed help and for whatever reason he didnt get it. Yes it was his responsiblity to get the help he needed but I dont think he was in the frame of mind to do that. That's just me. I can get on my high horse and point my finger and say "You don't know how to act damn you!" but what good does that do to maybe prevent things like this and other violent acts in the future?
I never said he did it because he didn't have a father figure... I said I see boys with lots of anger in their lives. I see boys act out in very angry ways with drawings and actions with legos toy guns, swords and video games. I see them cross that line between just being a boy and being something more. I SAID "maybe it's not about the father, maybe it's about a million other things" I see boys hurting with dads telling them to suck it up and be a man when they are so not ready to be men yet. I SAID I see mothers who say they aren't worried about the son "they raise themselves". We can blame things like poor parenting, rock music, religion, breastfeeding, hormones in the milk. We will never really know what set this boy off. But I think we need to really look at our young boys and our crowded prisons and the violent acts we see and really question what is happening and is it all related? Throwing our hands up and saying it was all their fault isn't a solution to me.
I am not saying ALL boys are like this. We know this. But in my tiny circle of boys I see. I see it so multiple that and it's happening all over the place.
We as a community and as a country need to step up and do something or we will keep having these kinds of days and I think we can all agree we don't want that. To say it's not our fault is just as callous to me as saying it isn't.