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Violence Shatters Mom's Fierce Shield
Washington Post ^ | June 2, 2009 | Aaron C. Davis and Ashley Halsey III

Posted on 06/02/2009 12:41:51 PM PDT by La Lydia

Crofton, MD -- It's hard to imagine anything Jenny Adkins could have done differently to protect her 14-year-old son, Christopher. She moved to a bucolic corner of Anne Arundel County, indulged his love of football and ice hockey to keep him from roaming suburban malls, and allowed him to wander unsupervised only along a mile-long tree-lined street between her home and that of her ex-husband, a Prince George's County sheriff's deputy.

Five weeks ago, when Christopher mistakenly found himself between two groups of school friends that had started calling themselves gangs, Adkins even swiftly moved her son to a different high school...But in a tranquil neighborhood, on a sunny Saturday afternoon, trouble found him nonetheless.

...down the street from her home, Adkins walked past a group of six or seven teens and fearfully wondered whether they might be part of the groups of youths...Adkins sent a warning in a text message to Christopher, who was riding his bike nearby. He responded "I'm fine..."two of the teens Adkins had spotted walked up to her son and punched him so hard that Christopher fell to the ground...He hit his head in the middle of the street his mother considered his safe zone and later was pronounced dead at Baltimore Washington Medical Center....

Sunday, Anne Arundel County police charged Javel George, 16, and a 14-year-old boy with manslaughter in Christopher's death. George was charged as an adult...Authorities yesterday backed off initial statements over the weekend that the youths "targeted" Christopher...

"We don't think they targeted him. They just came on him in the street, and the incident took place," said Capt. David Waltemeyer, head of criminal investigations for the Anne Arundel police. "They are neighborhood cliques and gangs. These aren't the Bloods and the Crips," he said....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: gangs; race; violence
Not the Bloods and the Crips, but he's still dead.
1 posted on 06/02/2009 12:41:51 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Prayers for his family


2 posted on 06/02/2009 12:44:09 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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To: La Lydia

Hate crime, racial motivation

My guess


3 posted on 06/02/2009 12:48:28 PM PDT by silverleaf ("Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal ( Martin Luther King))
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To: La Lydia
Wouldn't hurt to get kids this age into some oriental martial arts, Krav Maga, or just a little something that gives them an edge for a split second.

Bullies don't seem to like it AT ALL if they suddenly have to take a little of what they are dishing out.

4 posted on 06/02/2009 12:54:20 PM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: silverleaf

“Hate crime, racial motivation

My guess”

Silly; that only applies to white on black crimes.....


5 posted on 06/02/2009 12:54:26 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: La Lydia
Shouldn't the headline read;

Fist Violence Shatters Mom's Fierce Shield

If he had been shot, there is no doubt the headline would have proclaimed 'Gun Violence'.

6 posted on 06/02/2009 12:56:47 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: La Lydia

Seeing the Mom on the news this morning was heartbreaking. No word yet if this was racially motivated, but the perp is black and the victim was white, so we’ll never hear about it.

We also have a new problem in Baltimore where roving gangs of 10 to 25 black youths are beating up white tourists around the inner harbor. Again, no one says if it’s racially motivated, but the victims appear to be almost all, if not all, white and the perps appear to be all black.


7 posted on 06/02/2009 12:59:38 PM PDT by pie_eater
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To: La Lydia

Sounds like Capt Waltemeyer is trying to ease folks into the idea of lesser charges down the line, and a lesser sentence. Pity Mrs. Adkins’ sentence is permanent, mourning a boy murdered for no reason...


8 posted on 06/02/2009 12:59:56 PM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: La Lydia

Small towns like this best jump on it hard and fast or they will become the Bloods and Crips. The police best get their acts together, or replace them.


9 posted on 06/02/2009 1:00:20 PM PDT by RC2
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To: silverleaf
Anne Arundel County police charged Javel George, 16, and a 14-year-old boy with manslaughter in Christopher's death.

With names like Javel, it can only be good Quaker boys gone bad. < / sarcasm >

10 posted on 06/02/2009 1:01:12 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: La Lydia

Ice hockey? probably a white kid, and not many white kids are named Javel. No race was mentioned (that I noticed) so of course it’s a black-on-white crime.


11 posted on 06/02/2009 1:01:37 PM PDT by Mamzelle (BRING CAMERA EQUIP TO TEA PARTIES--TAPE THE DISRUPTORS)
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To: willgolfforfood

These aren’t bullies, they’re groups of kids who are “gangs” in the loose sense of a group of kids acting as a group, but not the pure bloods/crips gangs. The popular culture has created a glorified “gangsta” mythology, so the kids all think they’re tough guys and want to look like rap stars. As long as they look up to creeps like 50 Cent, DMX, TI and the other rappers, this is only going to get worse.


12 posted on 06/02/2009 1:02:30 PM PDT by pie_eater
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To: Mamzelle

White victim, black perp. Certainly not racial. No such thing in that direction.


13 posted on 06/02/2009 1:03:32 PM PDT by pie_eater
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To: La Lydia

clickThere is only one way to clean the streets.

14 posted on 06/02/2009 1:05:04 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: pie_eater

Just dishin’ out reperation doncha know.

As having lived in a inner-city, 90% black area, and a small-town in Georgia, I can tell you this: I experienced hundreds of times more racism from blacks than rednecks.


15 posted on 06/02/2009 1:06:07 PM PDT by SeminoleSoldier
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To: pie_eater
White victim, black perp.

Can't believe this made the news, the ComPost no less!

16 posted on 06/02/2009 1:06:57 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: La Lydia
"Anne Arundel police are oblivious to these groups and don't want to talk about it. The schools and the community don't want to admit it, either, but county residents need to know that these issues are here like everywhere else," Adkins said. "Don't let these pretty little brick homes fool you. It's not all it's cracked up to be."

The boy spent a few hours with childhood friends after a family funeral, was seen by rivals, and now he's dead. Gang violence is coming to a neighborhood near you. When human life means nothing, it's easier to justify harming humans. "It's the culture, stupid."

17 posted on 06/02/2009 1:09:26 PM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: pie_eater
No word yet if this was racially motivated, but the perp is black and the victim was white, so we’ll never hear about it.

We'll never hear about it but motivation is clear.

18 posted on 06/02/2009 1:11:19 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Barack Hussein Obama is a walking middle finger.)
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To: RC2
You are so right RC. I live not too far, not nearly far enough, from Trenton NJ, Philly, Camden NJ and ALL of them are having major Bloods/Crips gang problems. Most of all Trenton where it seems not a single day goes by without a gang-related bit of horrific violence is seen. And it's been seeping into the surrounding 'burbs. There were two gang-related hits in the past six months here. F'ing thug gang-bangers.

Small towns are vulnerable to this scourge.
19 posted on 06/02/2009 1:12:56 PM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: fleagle
Small towns are vulnerable to this scourge.

An American Murder Mystery

20 posted on 06/02/2009 1:23:44 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: La Lydia
I had this problem with my stepson in a combined elementary and middle school here in Shreveport, LA. The counselors were worthless and would not talk about the “ gang” situation that was occurring in the school. I pulled him out and placed him in a Magnet school in 2 days. A Vice Principal at a high school told us, the School Board had given orders that no one was to talk about the situations like this in the schools. It is a scary feeling when your child is afraid to go to school. It took me a week to get the information out of him, why he was wanted to avoid going to school. As soon as I did, the phone calls started and when I did not receive a call back on the second morning, he was in a different school that afternoon.
21 posted on 06/02/2009 1:32:57 PM PDT by ussc1863
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To: La Lydia

Not the Bloods and the Crips, yet.


22 posted on 06/02/2009 1:35:56 PM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy = Oprah = Clinton = most elected Democrats, successfully feigning compassion for money&power)
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To: pie_eater

Has this been more prevalent since November?
I’ve heard that such racially motivated violence as been “empowered” by the election of 0bama.


23 posted on 06/02/2009 1:35:56 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

bump for later


24 posted on 06/02/2009 1:36:01 PM PDT by gibsosa
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To: La Lydia

“...he hit his head on the street...”

This is very sad. My best friend’s brother, age 10, died from the same cause - knocked off of a bicycle, he hit his head on a paved street - and no gang was involved. He died from skull fractures, injuries a helmet would have prevented.

Both boys had moms that were very protective of their kids but neither child wore a helmet.

A helmet won’t protect a child from violent peers, but that is whole other argument. It is sad that he died from a head injury in fall from a bicycle, something that needn’t be fatal.


25 posted on 06/02/2009 1:40:33 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: La Lydia

First, has Obama expressed deep regret over the tragic loss of this child’s life?

Second, has Eric Holder pledged to send US Marshals into neighborhoods like this so that it won’t happen again?

And third: It sounds like he wasn’t wearing a helmet. He was on his bike, it said, and he was hit and fell down and hit his head on the pavement. If he was wearing a helmet he probably would not have been hurt.

Just to say that this mother was very paranoid, and apparently rightfully so, and it makes me wonder why she wouldn’t force him to wear a helmet when riding his bicycle.


26 posted on 06/02/2009 1:42:14 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: ussc1863

Our schools hold assemblies for kids about gangs and gang violence. I can’t believe school officials would try to cover something like this up. It seems all they care about is their jobs — the hell with the kids. There should be a boycott. I hope this lady gets on all the news shows and relates her story to everyone. She should mention the superintendent and what he told her.


27 posted on 06/02/2009 1:43:14 PM PDT by goldi
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To: pie_eater

Department of Justice statistics show that when it comes to black/white crime, 90% of it is black on white. Yet the MSM and black groups always portray that only white on black crime occurs or that it almost always that way.


28 posted on 06/02/2009 1:57:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: goldi
I agree. She should go to the press. Even at the Magnet school, I placed my son in there were problems. He had one boy that pulled a knife on him, which is against the contract you sign to be admitted. Within 3 months, this same boy threw my son's head into the wall and we got called to the Principal’s office because he stood up for himself. I let that principal have it. I asked why that boy was still in the school after pulling the knife, she knew there were problems prior with that child and nothing was done. I told her the next time I heard of an incident with that child, I would not be in her office but that Youth and Juvenile would be there because of the weapons issue and the school not properly handling it. She was stunned. I guess she is just used to parents agreeing with whatever she said. I unfortunately did not give my husband an opportunity to speak but I did get the satisfaction of letting her know that I would hold her, the school board and the child liable for any further incidents that may have occurred.
29 posted on 06/02/2009 2:14:38 PM PDT by ussc1863
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To: La Lydia

Amish youth rage alert.


30 posted on 06/02/2009 2:27:20 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Wow. Excellent article. I appreciate you posting that.


31 posted on 06/02/2009 3:05:23 PM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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