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Grand Rapids teen shot in the back at Franklin Street and Eastern Ave. SE, police say

There are 19 comments on the MLive.com story from Jul 28, 2013, titled Grand Rapids teen shot in the back at Franklin Street and Eastern Ave. SE, police say. In it, MLive.com reports that:

Jalen M. Thomas, 17 of Grand Rapids, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after Grand Rapids police say he was shot at Franklin Street and Eastern Ave. SE on Sunday, July 28. Police were called to the intersection at 2:52 a.m. and found Thomas a half block from the intersection shot in the back, police said.

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Who

Wyoming, MI

#1 Jul 28, 2013
Worthless brown people...

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#2 Jul 29, 2013
Seven out of every ten Trayvon's, don't make graduation.....
Oneal

United States

#3 Jul 29, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
Seven out of every ten Trayvon's, don't make graduation.....
Black males have a 30% graduation rate???

If that's true there's where Al Sharpton and the black caucus should be focusing their attention, not a trial that has already gotten a verdict.
Worthless republicans

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Jul 29, 2013
Who wrote:
Worthless brown people...
Republicans aren't racist! LOL!
Worthless republicans

Grand Rapids, MI

#5 Jul 29, 2013
Oneal wrote:
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Black males have a 30% graduation rate???
If that's true there's where Al Sharpton and the black caucus should be focusing their attention, not a trial that has already gotten a verdict.
It's 52%. Turn off fixed news and get the facts!
Batch 37 Pain Is Good

Fenton, MI

#6 Jul 29, 2013
Worthless republicans wrote:
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It's 52%. Turn off fixed news and get the facts!
Give us the literacy rate in Detroit you useful idiot...... What a racist you are.......
free thinker

Farmington, MI

#8 Jul 29, 2013
Worthless republicans wrote:
It's 52%. Turn off fixed news and get the facts!
It's 52% averaged nationwide. However, the 3 lowest districts for black male graduation rates are all in Florida:

The three lowest African-American graduation rates among the 59 districts examined were all in Florida -- Pinellas County graduated 21 percent of its African-American students, Palm Beach County 22 percent and Duval County 23 percent.

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/...

Stop spewing far left talking points and get the real facts by looking them up yourself.
Dr X

Byron Center, MI

#9 Jul 29, 2013
Oneal wrote:
<quoted text>
Black males have a 30% graduation rate???
If that's true there's where Al Sharpton and the black caucus should be focusing their attention, not a trial that has already gotten a verdict.
Sharpton is too busy trying to start a race war, like that would do any good for his people. African Americans need to understand that the Democrats view them as political property...nothing more.

“Where I came from”

Since: Jan 09

the universe

#10 Jul 29, 2013
Anyone who lives in GR knows what goes on around Eastern and Franklin that time of night. So why is a 17 year old hanging out there at that time of day?
Oneal

United States

#11 Jul 29, 2013
Worthless republicans wrote:
<quoted text>
It's 52%. Turn off fixed news and get the facts!
Did you notice the question mark in my post? I was asking the person who posted the 7 out of 10 stat, not stating it as a fact. Lighten up.
Oneal

United States

#12 Jul 29, 2013
Dr X wrote:
<quoted text>Sharpton is too busy trying to start a race war, like that would do any good for his people. African Americans need to understand that the Democrats view them as political property...nothing more.
Couldn't agree more. Ol Al has made quite a fortune for himself pretending to be a reverend and "fighting" for black people's interests, while accomplishing virtually nothing to advance any of the problems black face.
Really

Wyoming, MI

#13 Jul 29, 2013
Worthless republicans wrote:
<quoted text>
It's 52%. Turn off fixed news and get the facts!
Source? Or are you the typical progressive and just spouting BS and expect everyone to accept it?

Since: Mar 09

Grandville, MI

#14 Jul 29, 2013
Why was this teenager out on the street at 3:00 AM?
Who

Wyoming, MI

#15 Jul 30, 2013
Gville Jim wrote:
Why was this teenager out on the street at 3:00 AM?
Probably had a "skittles" craving...
Oneal

Three Rivers, MI

#16 Jul 30, 2013
So where have our most vocal liberals vanished to?

Pipe? Jules?? Wiggles?

Be a shame to be left with "Bob" as the only representative from the left.
free thinker

Farmington, MI

#17 Jul 30, 2013
Gville Jim wrote:
Why was this teenager out on the street at 3:00 AM?
Good question...Grand Rapids does have a curfew for minors.

Since: Mar 09

Grandville, MI

#18 Jul 30, 2013
He was shot in the back, so I'm thinking when they catch the shooter, self defense is out of the question.

I just cant get over the fact that parent's allow their teenage kid's to roam the streets at 3:00AM!
WTF is wrong with the parents of these kid's?
Ben Dover

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Jul 30, 2013
Gville Jim wrote:
He was shot in the back, so I'm thinking when they catch the shooter, self defense is out of the question.
I just cant get over the fact that parent's allow their teenage kid's to roam the streets at 3:00AM!
WTF is wrong with the parents of these kid's?
I get the feeling most of these kids parents are no more than kids themselves. They don't care, until something like this happens. Then they cry in the streets and ask why. It is because they were not there to begin with.

Have you ever noticed how many children are in Meijers after midnight? Their parents are out buying beer and cigarettes and taking Jr. with them. They set the example and the kids follow. Nothing good happens after midnight on the streets.
vox veritatis

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 Jul 30, 2013
Gville Jim wrote:
He was shot in the back, so I'm thinking when they catch the shooter, self defense is out of the question.
I just cant get over the fact that parent's allow their teenage kid's to roam the streets at 3:00AM!
WTF is wrong with the parents of these kid's?
You're assuming that the parents were aware that said kid was out at that hour. You never snuck out of the house when you were a teen?
Keep in mind also that many of these kids are not being raised by their parents...they're being raised by grandma, auntie or some other relative. Most likely 'baby daddy' is nowhere to be seen or in prison so young men turn to gangs or the streets to find the male role models that are missing from their lives.

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