Back In October I did a story (kids and violence) of a 15 yr old boy name Michael Brewer who was set on fire by his classmates after they poured rubbing alcohol on him. The boys involved were arrested and changed with attempted murder. Michael is still recovering from the injuries as he was burned over 80% of his body. Here is a current photograph of Michael, as you can see he still has a long way to go
Now fast forward it to last week - SAME SCHOOL, which I might add is only 45 min from where I live, there was a 15 year old girl name Josie Lou Ratley that was basically beaten within a inch of her life. She is in critical condition and has had two brain surgeries one which they had to remove part of her skull.
She was beaten by a boy she never met. He was dating one of her friends who did not approve of their relationship. When a text message was sent he went home put on a pair of steel toe boots then went to the school and beat her by repeatably kicking her in the head (over 7 times). He was pulled off by a teacher and arrested. Also arrested was her friend who pointed her out to the boy and then watched as he beat her, nice friend huh?
So what is going on with kids? As a parent what do you say to your kids about violence? Two years ago my middle son was jumped right outside of school by a gang kid and beaten. I'll never forget the call I got from the paramedics treating him. We pressed charges against the boy. As a parent you do everything to protect your kids but sometimes it doesn't matter. My kids are in the best of schools, in a upper class neighborhood but it doesn't matter.
I really think schools need to have classes teaching kids how to deal with anger management. What do you think?