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Boy, 15, Seriously Injured In Fight At Manchester High School

There are 129 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 25, 2008, titled Boy, 15, Seriously Injured In Fight At Manchester High School. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A 15-year-old boy was in critical condition Thursday after a fight with two other students at Manchester High School, police said.

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butane

France

#24 Apr 25, 2008
Anybody see the victim on TV last night? Total goofy wigger looking mofo. He probably deserved to get his @s_ beat just for dressing like an idiot.

Then they interviewed some of his friends - ugly wannabe thugged out ignorant blacks. Manchester is going downhill fast.
Crookville

Hartford, CT

#25 Apr 25, 2008
mike the tax payer wrote:
the fox 61 news video does a nice job cropping that myspace pic of the victim.
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...
maybe NSFW.
15yr old wearing a fitted cap, giving us the middle-finger and a tat on the back of his hand? Yeah he's a thug...(rollin eyes as I turn off the sarcasm button)
Why Hate

United States

#26 Apr 25, 2008
A Mother wrote:
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You are such a "DUMMY". Didn't you just read a blog on Bullying in Enfield also. Why do you DUMB FOLKS continue to blame another town for your HOULIGANS CHILDREN who don't fight "FAIR". All you see today is kids jumping on another kid. It has to stop! EXPELL those two diliquents from the SCHOOL and the family of the child that was hurt should sue THE PARENTS then maybe just maybe it will stop. NOw this child has to be in the hospital over what JUST PLAIN STUPIDITY. I am sick of all of this and I am sick of you folks who are just a stone throw away from Hartford. I don't live in Hartford nor did I grow up in Hartford, but where ignorance is BLISS it is FOLLY TO BE WISE! YOU NIN KUN POOP!
MA!,,, you got that right.
Bob

Putnam, CT

#28 Apr 25, 2008
I am troubled by the attitude of the Manchester Board of Education calling this an "unfortunate incident" and that this is just a case of teenagers being teenagers. It is time for the Board of Education in Manchester to wake up and open their eyes. I am a parent of a freshman student at Manchester High School and the stories I hear from my child at the end of the day makes me fear for my child's safety each day as she gets on the bus. Many of the students are allowed to talk back and swear at the teachers, if they attend at all which makes me wonder where all the truant officers went, they disrupt classes and pretty much dare the teachers to give them detention and by the way the "no tolerance policy for bullying" is a joke to say the least. The racial tension is palpable and yet nothing seems to be done about it perhaps out of fear of a lawsuit because someone's rights have been infringed upon. I would hardly call this an "isolated" incident and if the Board of Education in Manchester considers a 15 year old boy being beaten into unconciousness as "teenagers being teenagers" then I fear for every child's safety in the Manchester school system.
Typical

United States

#29 Apr 25, 2008
Margaret Hacketts comments are ridculous. "We are dealing with adolescents who from time to time err and get into altercations at school" this is not your typical high school altercation but a brutal beating by 2 thugs who are 17 years old and know better. Could anyone in this school not hear this child being beaten? They had to have beaten him badly for him to be in critcal condition. If this were my child I would sue everyone involved, the school, the school board, the parents of the 17 year olds and anyone else. It is the responsibility of the school to protect our children and Manchester failed miserably. There were other students around who now need counseling because of this, why did they not intervene? Call for help, anything. I wish the 15 year old the very best and my prayers are with him and his family.
Allen M

West Hartford, CT

#30 Apr 25, 2008
Bob wrote:
I am troubled by the attitude of the Manchester Board of Education calling this an "unfortunate incident" and that this is just a case of teenagers being teenagers. It is time for the Board of Education in Manchester to wake up and open their eyes. I am a parent of a freshman student at Manchester High School and the stories I hear from my child at the end of the day makes me fear for my child's safety each day as she gets on the bus. Many of the students are allowed to talk back and swear at the teachers, if they attend at all which makes me wonder where all the truant officers went, they disrupt classes and pretty much dare the teachers to give them detention and by the way the "no tolerance policy for bullying" is a joke to say the least. The racial tension is palpable and yet nothing seems to be done about it perhaps out of fear of a lawsuit because someone's rights have been infringed upon. I would hardly call this an "isolated" incident and if the Board of Education in Manchester considers a 15 year old boy being beaten into unconciousness as "teenagers being teenagers" then I fear for every child's safety in the Manchester school system.
Agreed. The attitude at the top of the system has to change. Kids shouldn't be subjected to beatings and being left for dead in stairwells. This apparently was not a little shoving match, the boy was left in critical condition with head wounds. IN SCHOOL.

Gang related? Why is gang activity allowed to happen anywhere near our schools? This isn't an "unfortunate" error by kids, this appears to have been a brutal attack on a youngster in a public school. I don't know what the answer is, but it can't be having cops patrol schools in large numbers as if the students are in prisons. And it can't be leaving innocent students to fend for themselves and fear for their safety in their schools. What kind of education would that bring?
LMHtfd

Hartford, CT

#32 Apr 25, 2008
pwnd wrote:
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You're all lying if you can honestly say that fighting in your teenage years has been any different. The only difference now is the uber sensitivity that our society now adheres to.
I suspect this kid got kicked or beaten in the head. A body beating probably would not have left him in this condition.

I don't know what generation you are from, but most teenage fights in the past did not rise to this level of viciousness unless they were gang-related. The difference between then and now is desensitization related to violent media saturation, plus teens increasing irrelevance in today's society. Consumer culture caters to and deifies teens but in real life we fear or are annoyed by them and don't want them around.

Many teens are responsible, but many more are not employed, not expected to contribute in any positive way to the family unit, and are shut off from their emotions.

They watch too many movies and television shows where people get hit over the head with a bottle or bat or get stomped and keep swinging. In real life head blows kill.
LMHtfd

Hartford, CT

#34 Apr 25, 2008
Why Hate wrote:
<quoted text>People with the likes of you enjoy keeping racial hatred alive a well. You are using the sad, tragic, and violent beating of a young 15-year-old boy to soap box your hate. But theirs people like me that enjoy exposing dirt dags like you. Yes People like you that will burn in hell!
You missed the first six comments yesterday, when, despite no identification or names in the story, every comment was of the "black thugs from Hartford", "they want to bus them into _our_ schools" variety. It is usually the racists who start the name-calling, not the anti-racists.
Eyes open in Manchester

Whittier, CA

#35 Apr 25, 2008
The board of directors should be putting a major focus on the gangs of Manchester instead of worrying about where the newspaper boxes are located. How about the new majority “leaders” make a real decision that truly affects the quality of life for the residents of Manchester instead of giving tax breaks to a business (which puts more burden on the residents) and suspends the living wage for workers (which puts them at the poverty level)! I think the people who voted these “leaders” in office have made a very huge mistake and from the sounds of it I think the people who put them in office are having second thoughts on this “covenant” with Manchester! November 2009 can’t get here soon enough for me! I hope this student recovers from his injuries and those responsible are punished to the fullest extent of the law! This should not happen ANYWHERE! This should not be tolerated ANYWHERE! Diversity did not cause this.
truth

Manchester, CT

#36 Apr 25, 2008
All of you people are so quick to pass unaccredited judgement on Manchester High School and its security, teachers, SRO, etc. Most of you don't even live in this town, or even state, so quite frankly your input isn't even valid. I go to MHS and I certainly consider my school safe; in fact, we rarely have physical altercations. You cannot put blame on teachers or resource officers because not every issue is avoidable, especially those that are unprovoked. And for those of you who are already conjuring up motives and ideas related to "race", or the person who threw out the term "white trash"- you don't even know the entire story, nor do you know the the victim or those involved, so maybe you should truly consider keeping those comments to yourself.
Cfarm

United States

#37 Apr 25, 2008
Maybe if this country wasn't so soft on crime, kids.... better yet, people in general, wouldn't feel as though they can get away with acts such as this.
Snake Pliskin

Belleville, MI

#40 Apr 25, 2008
Ann wrote:
"there was a teacher aroutd" so how could this happen ? what was this teacher doing?
Probably chasing students wearing hats or chewing gum like a chicken with her head cut off.
Kim

Hartford, CT

#41 Apr 25, 2008
As a Manchester resident and the parent of a son who graduated from Manchester High School last year, I am deeply troubled and even appalled by Margaret Hackett's playing down of this incident. This was brutal violence. Perhaps if she had been the person beaten unconscious she might feel differently.

Having said that, unfortunately a school the size of MHS is going to have its share of thugs and worse. However, there are also plenty of great kids at MHH; my son's high school experience there was fantastic.

The key to having your child do well in a school the size of MHS is to get them into the college prep and honors courses so they don't have to deal with and interact with the types of kids who would swear at teachers and committ these kinds of crimes.
mom

Manchester, CT

#42 Apr 25, 2008
my son graduated from MHS last year and never was threatened, never was in or saw a fight, never felt unsafe. he's a good-natured kid who gets along with most people and doesn't make judgments about others -- he got along with everyone in his unleveled classes just fine.
FYI, Manchester doesn't participate in Open Choice, the Sheff-related busing program. No Hartford kids attend. of course, they do moveinto town.
the victim's wearing gang colors and has a tattoo on his hand that says "loyalty." to what, I wonder.
if you go looking for trouble, you'll find ... in manchester or south windsor or glastonbury or even east catholic or loomis chaffee.
olivia

Bloomfield, CT

#43 Apr 25, 2008
Manchester Resident wrote:
Margaret Hackett, wake up, "adolescents who, from time to time, err and get into altercations". This was a brutal beating! As long as you think this way the problems of Manchester schools will never be solved. Be a leader and do something about it!
Good point - I had the same thought when I read that remark. This is not normal behavior. And I've seen the size of 17 years olds this day. They are not some little punk kids anymore. This needs to be addressed as a serious issue by the school.

to response to this... personally no one knows the FULL situation right?[[ii dont either]] but you're not going to just randomly beat up someone up for thrills as you people may call it, second from the picture on the 15 yr old boy I've seen he doesn't loom like you typical "Gee Golly" type of guy [[not trying to be racist]] he looks more like a hoodlum himself. I think that people are being stereo typical because does anyone know the race of these 2 17 yr old boys? what if the 2 17 yr olds who beat up that 15 yr old boy what cuacasian ? would they be called hoodlums of gangsters? I don't think so "Oh they were just playing rough boys will be boys"... F^#$ that boy will be boys sh%^ if thats the case if the two 17 yrs olds are going to jail the 15 yrs old should GO to because even if he didn't or did provoke the 2 boys he STILL HAD TO HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO MAKE ONE OR BOTH OF THOSE 17 YEAR OLDS BEAT THE HELL OUT IF HIM yes since I am a christian morally they were wrong, but judging them [[when You DON'T know they ENTIRE story WHTHER THE VICITM AND THE ASSALTANTS WERE BLACK OR WHITE, YOU ARE ALL WRONG for calling the 17 year olds hoodlums. and like I said that 15 year old boy doesn't look all stop the violencetype of guy THE POLICE NEED TO LOOK AT ALL OF THE FACTS [[NOT BASED UPON COLOR, NOT BASED UPON THEIR ECONOMIC LADDER STATUS, ETHNICITY, ECT.]] I pray that the 15 yrs old boy willbe okay, BUT I ALSO HOPE THAT OTHER JUSTICES WILL BE SERVED AND THAT HE WILL BE SERVING SOME TIME FOR EVER HE DID AS WELL [[MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO THE 17 YRS OLDS WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THIS STRESSFUL TIME [[AND TO ALL OF YOU HIPPOCRITICAL PEOPLE, MAY GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU on some real because if your children or someone close to you was in the same situation, you're actions, emotions and feelings would be the same... you don't know what people are going through and right now commoners are all going through alot and even thoughwe are not all of the same race we need to stick together
Citizen Care

New Britain, CT

#44 Apr 25, 2008
Terrible, absolutely terrible. Why is it that the causes of people acting like this that have been going on for like 20 years now just been getting worse? Why does no one ever care until something bad happens and then just forget about it till the next time?
WTF

United States

#45 Apr 25, 2008
Tommy 16 wrote:
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ur rite that it aint fair for 2 guyz to jump one. but the ages dont matter that much i dont think. im suspended rite now cuz i got in a fight at school. im 16 and the guy i fought is 14 but he threw the first punch. but we both got kikd out for 30 days. it waz a pretty nasty fight. but at least it waz one on one. gangin up on somebody is chicken.
Might want to try again. Use English this time.
Why Hate

United States

#46 Apr 25, 2008
Crookville wrote:
<quoted text>
ooooopps I forgot to turn on my sarcasm button.
When the names & pics of the suspect are publicly made, watch where this forum goes.
stay tuned...
Theirs a switch in your brain thats stuck on stupid. Hey!,, the HTFD, PD is looking to employ bright people like you. If you could buy/cheat your way thru the test, youd make a classical Hartford, Cop.Get a life!,, LOL!
yoyo

Fort Hall, ID

#47 Apr 25, 2008
BOTH 17YR OLD PUNKS SHOULD BE BEATEN DOWN
LMHtfd

Hartford, CT

#49 Apr 25, 2008
Snake Pliskin wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably chasing students wearing hats or chewing gum like a chicken with her head cut off.
Or trying to spare herself from a beatdown. If the students turned on her and she tried to defend herself she'd get slapped with a risk of injury to a minor charge. All of a sudden the perpetrators would be "children" instead of "young men".

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