Boy, 12, arrested in fatal shooting o...

Boy, 12, arrested in fatal shooting of younger brother

There are 11 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Oct 13, 2009, titled Boy, 12, arrested in fatal shooting of younger brother. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

A 12-year-old upstate New York boy has been charged with shooting his 8-year-old brother to death, but authorities on Tuesday declined to reveal what was behind the gunfire.

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“Most dangerous question-- Why?”

Since: Jan 09

Bellflower

#1 Oct 13, 2009
I think its both the parents AND the childs fault. Parents should keep weapons under better lock and key, or other wise completely hidden. But at 12, the boy is old enough to know right from wrong-- assuming the parents taught that lesson.
michael

Walnut, CA

#2 Oct 13, 2009
keep paying the police more and spent less on schools someday the people in calf might just get it TEACH YOUR CHILDERN maybe its time for the people to start to care to stop being so afraid to get out to start helping each other this is every one fault everyone should be ashamed
WooWooWoo

Tallahassee, FL

#3 Oct 14, 2009
Irrespective of the fact that the killer is a year or so younger than the age suggested for trying him as an adult, the magnitude of the crime dictates that he be so tried. If convicted, he must be punished in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. Mercy is not a concept implicated in a crime so brutal.
bjh

Alton, IL

#4 Oct 14, 2009
michael wrote:
keep paying the police more and spent less on schools someday the people in calf might just get it TEACH YOUR CHILDERN maybe its time for the people to start to care to stop being so afraid to get out to start helping each other this is every one fault everyone should be ashamed
This happened in New York. But you are right. Parents just need to spend more quality time with their kids. If these boys were home schooled why were they alone? It isnt as though they were latch key kids like so many are.
Ellie Mae

Hillsboro, NH

#5 Oct 14, 2009
None of you even know this family, they were Christians that thought they had taught their children correctly. The boys were taught to respect guns and handle them properly. the parents made the mistake of thinking that the lessons were learned. We all make mistakes raising children is never an easy job. show a little compasion and respect. This family deserves it they did what they thought was the right thing. This could have happened to any family so take care of your own family make sure that all guns are secure. Hope and pray that you have done the best you can with your own children.

Since: Mar 07

Natchitoches, LA

#7 Oct 15, 2009
We are praying for this family.
Not In Pittsford

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#8 Oct 15, 2009
So sad. They will now loose both of their kids. Unfortunately it is the fault of an adult every time a child has access to and uses a gun like this.

It should be assumed and expected that kids will make poor decisions in this regard. After all, they are children.

What a loss.
Oldschool

Ontario, CA

#9 Oct 19, 2009
sure arrest the kid and not the parent who left the rifle unlocked. He's 12 not 14;15, etc . . .
Deposit Ny

Antrim, NH

#10 Oct 19, 2009
As a parent and Grandparent,this is truely a sad sad moment for the family,friends and for the town.
It takes only a moment for anything to happen to a loved one.This is a life lesson.
Cheryl

United States

#11 Oct 22, 2009
As a child I grew up with this family. This boys grandparents were like Aunt and Uncle to me. They are wonderful people. It is easy to point fingers at the mistakes of others...I will agree that the gun being unlocked is careless. It is also a mistake that anyone can make. I think that people need to realize that this, or another tragedy can happen to ANYONE....So, instead of throwing stones at a grieving family. Choose to love and pray for them regardless of their imperfections....after all, THAT is the grace that God has given to you!!!
manny

Long Beach, CA

#12 Oct 23, 2009
Ellie Mae wrote:
None of you even know this family, they were Christians that thought they had taught their children correctly. The boys were taught to respect guns and handle them properly. the parents made the mistake of thinking that the lessons were learned. We all make mistakes raising children is never an easy job. show a little compasion and respect. This family deserves it they did what they thought was the right thing. This could have happened to any family so take care of your own family make sure that all guns are secure. Hope and pray that you have done the best you can with your own children.
it comes down to the parents ! LOCK UP YOUR GUNS no matter how much you teach kids, they are still kids !!!

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