i think everyone deserves a chance, who knows what this boy's situation was at home or what kinds of abuses he was exposed to. i don't mean to make excuses with my previous sentence, but some people just need to take a new path in their life and they need help doing it. this boy had a chance to be a very productive and successful member of society, and this great country has the resources (maybe not enough of them) to help people get on the right track. it's a crying shame that this had to happen. the phrase "you can't give up until you try" could be applied to helping this boy but unfortunately now it's too late.
I'm not arguing with you, only clarifying my previous statement, I'll admit, it did sound rather cold.
Not every criminal has a troubled childhood, and not everyone with a troubled childhood turns into a criminal. One of the men I work with was a victim of child neglect, was sexually abused by a foster parent, who tried to kill him at that age of 8. He is a highly decorated police officer, mentors troubled teens and is a foster parent to 4 boys who have similar back grounds.
On the other hand, I've arrested several teenagers who came from good homes, had every advantage in life and still turn out to be future criminal's in the making. Do you realize how many teenage offenders turn into repeat offenders.
I agree everyone deserves a chance, those with troubled childhoods shouldn't be neglected that opportunity, but how many chances should they get? when do you draw that line and say enough is enough.
I'm sorry this kid had to die, I feel sorry for his family, I truly do. But we have to face the facts this kid was on his way to being a criminal for the rest of his life. The "Maybe he will change" way of thinking is only going to get innocent people killed. And everyone in Chester County should thank God that he was the only person who died.
less than 1% of Police pursuits are fatal, but 35% of those claim the lives of innocent people.