Another Child Gunned Down

Gun violence claimed the life of a 14 year old Tulsa boy last night.  Officials at his school describe him as follows.

“We’re devastated by this,” McNamara said about the small program consisting of about 20 students. “He was a wonderful student.”

“He had incredible energy, lots of life,” she said. “He was loved by everyone in this program. Everybody is just struggling today. This was extremely sad.”

McNamara said all of the kids in the program have counselors, and all classes in the
building were canceled Friday.

Hopefully those counselors can explain to his classmates how senseless this was and how it could be prevented.

Preferably by explaining that they should not commit armed robbery of a convenience store.

I am honestly saddened by this story.  There should not be a dead 14 year old boy in Tulsa today, but the employee of the store did the right thing.  What is so sad to me is that this boy chose this path so very young.  I take no joy in seeing this boy added to the dead goblin count.  It is clear he was no pillar of his community, but it is always sad to see children turn to crime.

The only solace here is hope that his classmates will heed his example and see that crime comes with consequences.  Sometimes the ultimate consequence.  My heart goes out to them as they are mourning.  These are troubled students already.  The special program he attended is described by the Arts & Humanities counsel this way:

Phoenix Rising is Growing Stronger than ever and enthusiasm for the arts continues to grow! Youth who participate in the program are adjudicated teens who are not attending public school due to suspension and/or truancy. Most have not had the opportunities afforded to their peers to participate in the arts and are extraordinarily creative and interested.

More than that, my thoughts and prayers are with Zhalid Khan.  Even a justified self-defense shooting carries the weight of taking a human life.  Multiply that with the knowledge that it was one so young, and I can only assume that Khan will be needing a lot of support from friends and family right now.

3 thoughts on “Another Child Gunned Down”

  1. Youth who participate in the program are adjudicated teens who are not attending public school due to suspension and/or truancy. Most have not had the opportunities afforded to their peers to participate in the arts and are extraordinarily creative and interested.

    Let me translate. Most of these have not had the opportunities afforded their peers either because they never went to school or if they did, they spent their time terrorizing their peers. In a different time, Dabney would have been in reform school, not an alternative school.

    I’m glad Mr. Khan came out of this OK, I’m sure he too was terrified by Dabney. I have no sympathy for Dabney or his family.

  2. Sadly this is the cost of our often way to lenient legal system that treats under-aged criminals with kid gloves. When we as a society fail to give any real corrective action at a young age, how can we be shocked/outraged when later worse crimes are committed? While this robber is only 14, he is a goblin that broke the rules we agree to live under, and paid the price for breaking them, sadly he paid the ultimate price.

    I feel form Mr. Khan and hope that he weathers this storm with out too much damage, and is able to get past this and heal himself.

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