By Lola

I borrowed that word from a colleague. “Speechless.” That’s how she felt after reading about the tap on the wrist sentence given to two teenagers in Pennsylvania who beat a 25-year-old Mexican immigrant to death. After reading the published story on CNN.com, I think you will be rendered speechless as well.

Here’s my favorite part: “Baldwin [the judge] heard from several teachers, coaches and family friends who testified that the teens were good kids who fell into a bad situation and urged leniency so they could realize their potential as adults.”

What about Luis’s potential? What about his family? These guys literally kicked his brains out… where’s the justice in this sentence? A few months for a life taken just for the hell of it.

This is disgusting. And why isn’t this being blared on the front page of every single magazine, newspaper and website as an example of violence in the U.S.? Oh, wait. The front pages are full of violence. We’ve just become inured to this sort of thing because it happens all the time. Frightening doesn’t even begin to cover it.


2 thoughts on “Speechless”

  1. Lola, you picked the correct title for this post. Not to stick up for the attackers in any way, but these kids are also victims of a society that, as you suggest, has become inured to and even supportive of violence. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between a brawl and a hockey game these days.

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