, Newburyport, MA


September 23, 2013

Morality of a lost child

As I scan the news media from day to day in search of enlightening bits of information or that one article that “makes my day,” I am constantly haunted by many of the daily horrors that come across in print that expose those cynical questions in the background of my thoughts.

Questions such as, how can it be that people can disregard the precious sanctity of life with such arrogance and lack of responsibility that they would entertain thoughts of randomly snatching life from another for no logical reason whatsoever?

I’m referring to the very disturbing report from Duncan, Okla., regarding the random killing of a 22- year-old Australian student named Christopher Lane.

Christopher was a promising athlete and baseball catcher who was attending a nearby college when he was innocently and senselessly gunned down while jogging down the street where three local youths lived.

James Francis Edwards, age 15, Chancey Allen Luna, age 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, age 17, are the alleged youths charged with first-degree murder and accessory to murder.

They were eventually turned in by their next potential victim, according to James Johnson, 52, who called police to tell them where the three were hiding. As if they hadn’t caused enough misery at this point, Johnson’s son had called his dad in a panic and said, “They say they’re coming to kill me!” This all stemmed from an altercation the boys had on Facebook with Johnson’s son.

After being arrested, one of the officials reported that one of the perpetrators had confessed to him the reasoning behind their attack … “We were bored. We had nothing to do. We decided to kill somebody!”

I am quite sure that I am not alone with feelings of outrage, not only by their actions, but by their total lack of understanding of the depths of pain and suffering they have bestowed upon people they’ve never met with their decision to “find something to do.”

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