Told to be More Respectful, Teen Shoots Stepfather

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering says a 14 year old was told to be more respectful of adults, that's when he went inside got a gun and shot his stepfather. Full Story
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LAL

Atlanta, GA

#1 Dec 18, 2007
I do believe that when it is a step parent, (stepfather) The difference is so outstanding that maybe the child just breaks.. No matter what you say, I have been married a couple of times and with step fathers it's always way worse. Like they have an thing against the incoming child.... Feeling for the child unless you can prove me wrong....
John Paul Osborn

Bridgeport, CT

#2 Dec 18, 2007
While it is terrible that a man has died, apparently at the hands of this young boy, it is equally clear that the boy has serious psychological issues that were not addressed. The prosecutor's insistance on charging this child as an adult is morally reprehensible and demonstrates a complete lack of good judgement and sense of justice.

The intent, of course, will be for this child to spend the rest of his life in prison. To exact that kind of cruelty on a child, even for this terrible act (assuming he is guilty) reveals a prosecutor who believes this young boy is beyond any hope. That kind of position, with respect to a child, is simply sick. This prosecutor is proposing that this child be subjected to state sanctioned child abuse, instead of trying to change a damaged boy's life. It is sad, but typical. This boy will likely join a new generation of children raised in prison which now numbers in the tens of thousands nationwide. Children who these prosecutors wish to simply lock up in razor wire hell holes and forget about.

Keep this kid in front of a juvenile court and give him a chance at life.
sick and tired

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Dec 19, 2007
I am so sick and tired or people always blaming the parents for the kids behavior. News flash, the brains of the parent don't control the childs actions or behavior. You people are so one wayed I hope that you are never charged with any crime because you will be guilty before the trial. Go visit the schools, talk to the teachers, walk the halls, if your not verbally assaulted or disrespectfully bumped into....your lucky. The most of you either don't have kids and just run your mouths of your perfect idea of how your mentoring will influence a child. Well guess what, kids run as fast as they can in the opposite direction. Wanna blame someone? I can give you a list: first the economy has forced both parents to work and allow someone else that makes minimum wage to take care of your child. second, DCF won't allow you to dicipline your children, and if you think time out works your nuts. Not all kids are bad, and if you are fortunate to have a good one, count your blessings. However, the ones that shoot up schools, shoot their parents, beat their fathers to death with a baseball bat, are out of control and a simple " that is inapproprite behavior" will most likely cause you to sleep with one eye open. I feel bad for these kids too, but ya know what...with the music, drugs, public school system, economy if something doesn't change it is only going to get worse. These kids do what they want, when they want, and don't give 2 cents about what you as a parent has to say, and if you do correct their behavior you get a slug in your chest, and people taking up for the stupid kid. This is America, charge him as an adult and fry his disrespectful murdering a$$ before he passes his genes on.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#4 Dec 19, 2007
John Paul Osborn wrote:
While it is terrible that a man has died, apparently at the hands of this young boy, it is equally clear that the boy has serious psychological issues that were not addressed. The prosecutor's insistance on charging this child as an adult is morally reprehensible and demonstrates a complete lack of good judgement and sense of justice.
The intent, of course, will be for this child to spend the rest of his life in prison. To exact that kind of cruelty on a child, even for this terrible act (assuming he is guilty) reveals a prosecutor who believes this young boy is beyond any hope. That kind of position, with respect to a child, is simply sick. This prosecutor is proposing that this child be subjected to state sanctioned child abuse, instead of trying to change a damaged boy's life. It is sad, but typical. This boy will likely join a new generation of children raised in prison which now numbers in the tens of thousands nationwide. Children who these prosecutors wish to simply lock up in razor wire hell holes and forget about.
Keep this kid in front of a juvenile court and give him a chance at life.
HE MURDERED A MAN WHO WAS HIS CARETAKER AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS A GOOD MAN AND A GOOD STEP FATHER TO THE KID BECAUSE HE WAS TOLD TO BE MORE RESPECTFUL OF ADULTS! HE DESERVES NO SECOND CHANCE! HE DESERVES A TRIP TO OL SPARKY ON THE EXPRESS LINE!

BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS LIKE YOU ARE THE REASON THAT THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN..THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY ANYMORE BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR SOMEONES BEHAVIOUR! HATE TO BREAK IT TO YOU..BUT SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST BORN BAD AND EVIL...THERE IS SCIENTIFIC PROOF TO THIS..SO GUESS WHAT..I DONT FEEL SORRY ONE BIT FOR THIS LITTLE DEVIL CHILD...LET HIM MURDER YOUR FATHER AND SEE IF YOU STILL FEEL THE SAME COMPASSION FOR HIM...
vonripper

Jacksonville Beach, FL

#5 Dec 19, 2007
Glad to see him tried as an adult. If your going to do the crime, better be willing to do the time.
John Paul Osborn

Bridgeport, CT

#6 Dec 19, 2007
Folks like these abuse loving radicals are typical of the kind of people who get all tingly at the idea of a 14 year old boy in prison. They seem to get off on the idea the abusing little kids behind bars, driving them deeper into an abuse inspired psychosis and livening up things with child prisoner suicides is appropriate action. Besides, at night behind closed doors, thoughts of that kind of child abuse give them some odd pleasure.

I'm no liberal. I've been a conservative Republican my entire life. I just think abusing children, even kids who have committed horrible acts is wrong and should be replaced by a real effort to help them. I don't get all whipped up at the thought of cellmate bubba initiating them .. apparently other commentors seem to get off on it.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#7 Dec 19, 2007
John Paul Osborn wrote:
Folks like these abuse loving radicals are typical of the kind of people who get all tingly at the idea of a 14 year old boy in prison. They seem to get off on the idea the abusing little kids behind bars, driving them deeper into an abuse inspired psychosis and livening up things with child prisoner suicides is appropriate action. Besides, at night behind closed doors, thoughts of that kind of child abuse give them some odd pleasure.
I'm no liberal. I've been a conservative Republican my entire life. I just think abusing children, even kids who have committed horrible acts is wrong and should be replaced by a real effort to help them. I don't get all whipped up at the thought of cellmate bubba initiating them .. apparently other commentors seem to get off on it.
i dont get all tingly by seeing a 14 year old sent to prison..i just feel that our judicial system has gotten too soft on violent criminals...this boy is a bad seed and needs to be kept away from society for the rest of his life..persoanlly..i think he should be executed..but not because it gets me off..but because if there were more accountability for what people do, then maybe the world would get better....
THUNDER

Jacksonville, FL

#8 Dec 20, 2007
HE NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL, JUST LIKE ALL THE BLACK BOYS THAT GET SENT THERE WITH NO SYMPATHY OR TESTING FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES!! HE SHOULD NOT GET AWAY WITH MURDER, JUST BECAUSE HE WAS ANGRY AT HIS STEPFATHER!!
Courtney Reed

United States

#9 Dec 21, 2007
I used to live next door to his father, his real father, he would shoot at us with his b.b. gun for no reason at all. We would just be sitting out there on the porch swing and next thing we knew b.b.s were flying past our heads.
RONIN

United States

#10 Dec 21, 2007
Heard of the Mendez brothers? We just don't have info on the kids' motivation.
JUDITH

Shreveport, LA

#11 Dec 21, 2007
We are sending our condolences to
Richard Hall Jr. family and friends. As to the issue of brandon betts, IT BECAME AN ADULT WHEN IT PICK UP A GUN, LOADED IT AND SHOT TO DEATH RICHARD HALL! My son Matthew Whittington was kidnapped and murdered by a fifteen year old after he had shot to death his own biological mama and daddy for their life insurance money. Claims it wanted a better life! IT'S IN JAIL WHERE I WILL SEE THAT IT STAYS FOREVER.
Anna

Salt Lake City, UT

#12 Dec 21, 2007
I knew him I can't believe he did this.It makes me really upset.
toasania

Auburn Hills, MI

#13 Dec 21, 2007
THUNDER wrote:
HE NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL, JUST LIKE ALL THE BLACK BOYS THAT GET SENT THERE WITH NO SYMPATHY OR TESTING FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES!! HE SHOULD NOT GET AWAY WITH MURDER, JUST BECAUSE HE WAS ANGRY AT HIS STEPFATHER!!
like all black boys?what does that mean?are there no other races that kill?"
NCaroline

Henderson, NC

#14 Jan 3, 2008
brandon betts shot my father... my only dad in the enitre world. he deserves no chances.
Someone who cares

AOL

#15 Jan 8, 2008
I will not make any excuses for Brandon. Although, I will attempt to give you a better picture of his life. I personally believe that Brandon was repeatedly messed with as young child, neglected, abused, and he fell through every crack in the system. He has been acting out for years. He had been to special foster homes and they could not handle him. He had been kicked out of every school. I think he gave up on the world. He definately has psychological issues. I think this tragedy could have been avoided.
Close to the situation

Knoxville, TN

#16 Jan 31, 2008
Brandon is a member of my family. I knew Richie well. This was a tragidy. If anyone is to blame it is the school system who would not take the time to deal with him, the mental health sytem who threw medications at him (antipsychotics, siezure medicines...anything that was popular at that moment) since he was 5 or 6 years old. The juvenille justice system locked him up without trying to find out what was causing his problems and introduced him to hardcore criminal behavior that he had to learn to live with. Doctors and counselors who are under funded, understaffed and undereducated to deal with a child with his problems are to blame also. Regardless of what ANYONE might say, thank God daily that you do not have to try to help or get help for a family member who has serious mental health problems without money to hire the best doctors.
Michael Sinclair

Darien, GA

#17 Feb 11, 2008
I believe the little Sociopath should get the Death Penalty. He should not have done what had done. He is crazy. I hope that he suffers in Prison.
Erica Coleman

Palatka, FL

#18 Feb 18, 2008
DO ANY OF YOU PEOPLE BELIEVE IN ACCIDENTS? BRANDON IS MY COUSIN AND RICHIE WAS MY DADS BEST FRIEND AND MY UNCLE AND I KNOW THIS TRAGEDY WAS AN ACCIDENT ALL YOU PEOPLE CAN SAY WAT YOU WANT BUT YOU WERE NOT THERE. dONT YOU PEOPLE HAVE ANY RESPECT THERE IS GRIEVING PEOPLE AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS PIONT FINGERS YOU ALL JUST NEED TO BE THANKFUL FOR EVERY SECOND YOU HAVE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN i SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY I LOVE YOU ALL EVERYONE ELSE YOU ALL HAVE COMPASSION ABOUT THE WELLBEING OF ALL THE HOMELESS ANIMALS OF THE WORLD AND ABOUT IF A DR GIVES AN ABORTION BUT YOU CANT HAVE COMPASSION FOR A 14YEAR OLD CHILD????? WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE???
Uncle Charlie

United States

#19 Apr 22, 2008
Brandon is my nephew and I have just read what all of you have posted. Some of you hate and some of you only know part of the truth. Please,look closely at what you have written; for it is there in your own words, they describe the person you really are...
Wise 1

Brunswick, GA

#20 Apr 27, 2008
No matter what really happened, the truth is that one man is dead and a child was behind the gun that the fatal bullet came from.

#1 The child should never have had access to the gun period!

#2 Where did he learn to take a weapon and use it or use it to threaten someone with?

#3 At 14 he knew the potential consequences should the gun even accidentally get fired, yet he chose to use it anyways.

#4 Why was this child so defiant?

I will be you that home life has a lot to do with the mindset of this kid, only time will tell along with a good investigation.

There is never a good excuse for killing someone, NEVER! I just hope this kid gets real help and fast.

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