A terrible gang of teenaged boys carrying baseball bats and guns and attacking cats is unraveling in the once-peaceful community of Pine. These boys have been spotted on several occasions and have terrified neighborhoods. They have been caught unloading pellet guns while driving through residential neighborhoods in broad daylight. They have confessed to murdering a pet cat that belonged to a neighbor, then placing this cat in a black trash bag and throwing it in the road for this cat's owner to find. They have been driving a car with the word "jihad" written on its windows.
What is so horrific about this story is that the families of these boys find nothing wrong in their behavior. I guess the old saying that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree has a lot of truth to it. While the parents are out hunting the "Big Ten" these boys have their own hunt going on. These are not boys who have recently moved here from Phoenix. These are boys who were raised here, whose families have deep roots in this community. These are six boys, who, for a lack of anything else more constructive to do, have made a contest of who could kill the most cats.
These boys were making videos of these vicious attacks and bragging about them. This is only what has been discovered in the past week. Who knows what else might be uncovered?
I wonder what the parents Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris may have done to prevent this type of behavior if someone had given them a wake-up call. Maybe the Columbine Massacre would have never taken place and our children could go to school without having to practice lockdown drills. Twelve students and one teacher's lives may have been spared had the Klebolds and Harrises taken an active role in teaching their children to show compassion. Dylan Klebold was quoted on a tape he made saying, "I hope we kill 250 of you."
Albert Schweitzer once said, "A man is measured by the compassion he shows little children and animals." It will be interesting to see what our justice system does to make an impression on these lives. At 16 and 17, their thoughts and opinions are pretty well set. One can only hope that justice will prevail.
John Lawrence, Strawberry
Editor's note: This letter was shortened to fit within the 400-word limit for letters to the editor.