In the city I live in, there have been over 36 young students (18 and under) who have been killed, and many more who have been assaulted. It’s…

In the city I live in, there have been over 36 young students (18 and under) who have been killed, and many more who have been assaulted. It’s disheartening to read about youth (who could easily be someone I know from school, or the child of my parents’ friends) die, their lives cut short by violence, by murder. What possibly could justify murder? I suspect that most people have become desensitized to news of these killings because here we are inundated with news of murder. Some are unsympathetic to the families of the killed youth because they believe the victims to be all gang-bangers, or something else they deem unworthy of their concern. But many of the victims were teens who weren’t involved at all with gangsters and were in fact honor students, upstanding members of the community. Even if they were not people who seemed to have bright futures ahead of them, why should they deserve to die? Then there’s a fact we all seem to forget every once in awhile: the perpetrators themselves are often youth. What drove them to do something like this? I’m not saying we should absolve anyone of what they are responsible for, but the issue isn’t simply an Us vs. Them case as some people are treating the incidents. – Allyson

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