A local news station, WLTX, released a story today which needs comment. I know I’m cynical. I know that I expect the worst of people. But this story absolutely blew my mind:
An 11-year-old girl boarded her North Side Middle School bus with a steak knife in her bag, and murderous intent in her heart. She intended to follow through on a threat she had made to a 13-year-old classmate. If I’m forced to see the bright side of this story, I can only say that it’s good to see a child willing to keep their word and see a project to its completion.
Now, I like to think I had some hard times in my childhood. My mother could tell you several stories of my childhood (sometimes two or three times if she’s been hitting the wine… Love you, Mom!) that paint me as a diminutive criminal, and I can’t really argue with her about it. But never, not once, did I ever consider murder as a solution to any of my childhood problems.
Because of this, I can not relate to this child’s thought process at all.
I can only hope that she is mentally ill, and this is due to some chemical imbalance beyond her control. I don’t believe that, however, and expect that this child knew exactly what she was doing, as well as the permanency of death.
What could possibly be the explanation for this behavior? What will happen from here? Who will be the first to refuse to accept responsibility for this? Stay tuned, readers…