Skip to comments.Woman who shot 12-year-old won't face charges, but boy will
Posted on 09/29/2010 7:55:16 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
Police say no charges will be filed against a 68-year-old woman who shot a 12-year-old boy after he and a 13-year-old friend broke the windows of her South Shore neighborhood home, then shouted obscenities and threw bricks at her.
The boys, however, have been charged as juveniles with aggravated assault of a person over the age of 60 and have been released to their parents, police said.
Police said the woman, who lives alone, acted in self-defense -- a belief shared by neighbors who said the woman known as "Miss Margaret" had been harassed by the boys before and had called police to no avail.
"She talked to me on Friday," Frenchie Johnson told reporters. "She said, 'Frenchie I've done had enough.' They set the garbage can on fire, her barbecue pit, this isn't the first time they busted a window. It's bad."
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Democrats will be an endangered species soon.
Little punks...I hope they learn from this.
THis just makes me sad. Where were the men in the neighborhood to knock these kids heads together. This just sounds more like a dog pound that a neighborhood.
Knew immediately that this story wasn’t from Europe. Perhaps we will survive slightly longer than they will.
“The boys, however, have been charged as juveniles with aggravated assault of a person over the age of 60 and have been released to their parents, police said.”
Don’t we have juvenile halls anymore?
I love this story.
In black neighborhoods, parents don't raise the children -- grandmothers do. This little old lady was just doing it with a bit more oomph.
I take it that this is a different crime from "aggravated assault of a person under the age of 60" ???
Glad they were charged, but shouldn’t this be a crime whether or not the victim was 60 years of age?
“I’ve done had enough.”
You’re speaking for all of us ma’am.
Somewhere, there is a mother saying “He’s a good boy. Bad crowd, made a mistake, trying to get back in school, etc”
“Glad they were charged, but shouldnt this be a crime whether or not the victim was 60 years of age?”
Yep. And given the circumstances, tried as adults. But released to parents? Please.
They know that they would be arrested for knocking the kid’s heads together.
The problem we are going to be facing soon is an ironic one. A simple yelling at, smacking on the back of the head would end this nonsense quickly with no permanent injury to the little punks and no damage to the society.
But we can’t have that. So the punks do what they want, under the blind eye of the authorities, until they are seriously injured or killed.
It would be better to allow the adults to police their own neighborhood and only allow the authorities to step in when there is something big. But as it is, the authorities want to control every little incident (but they don’t), and it will lead to ever increasing numbers of big events that will result in injury and death. All in the name of being “civilized”.
Wow. What a headline. Makes it sound like she shot some poor kid for no reason, and he’s getting punished for being shot.
Kudos to you, Miss Margaret.
His Grandma is already saying those things.....
Funny how the matriarch can put a spin on things, they were just innocently walking down the street when this deranged person ran out of the house shooting.....
Sounds like that hood needs some chlorine in the gene pool. Next thing ya know, the TV preachers will be in there.
I would really like to see this. Local sheriffs will tremendous power to deal with bad folks and local problems. If a sheriff is bad, then he or she would be replaced -- but while in office, I think the sheriff should be empowered to do almost anything (aside from violating the Constitution). The lawyers and the namby-pamby Liberals have tied our hands too long. We need to clean things up.
Easy, you just don't lead them as much.
Yes, it should be, and probably is.
Wait until you turn 60 though, something physical happens and the mind may be willing, but the body ain't so able anymore, and suddenly physical confrontations are more dangerous for us. That's why guns are so important.
Yea right! I bet the little thug told you that ...right!!!
Finally, common sense reigns!
Miss Margaret should not be charged. Those little no brain hooligans should pay the price,
“But the boy’s own family has a completely different story.
“He and his friend were walking down the street, and they saw a window broken at a woman’s house, and as they passed by, they said she came out shooting,” said the boy’s grandmother, Donna Virges.”
Unfortunately lawyers have made that practice very damaging to ones finances!!
Oh, those Amish kids! What scamps they are!
(When I was that age, we didn’t trespass anywhere for fear of shotguns loaded with rock salt - simple cause and effect, and this type of juvenile crime was virtually nonexistent.)
re: released to their parents
Oh yes, that’s the ticket. Put ‘em right back in the environment that made them what they are.
Of all the problems America has these days the most obvious, and troubling, is the complete loss of common sense. Kids kicked out of school for pretending their finger is a gun, for having a plastic knife in their lunch box, for having aspirin in their purse, etc. The list goes on and on, and at the very top is putting these kids back in the custody of their parents.
its a crime no matter the age, its just a “worse” crime because of the age of the victim.
50% are in jail/prison, the other 50% making more little punks like this one.
The 12-year-old's grandmother said he and his friend were just walking by the home when they were shot for no reason.
"He and his friend were walking down the street," Donna Virges told reporters. "And they saw a window broken at a woman's house, and as they passed by, they said she came out shooting."
"I think that's crazy, a lady would shoot at a child," Dominique Ward said. "How can you fix yourself to shoot at a 12-year-old?"
What a surprise - his grandmother claimed the pos was an innocent child. However the truth is probably closer to this
Other neighbors said the 12-year-old is well-known on the block. "His name? As far as I know him, I call him the little bad boy," said Hilda Brunt
It would appear that the little $hit was getting an early start on a career in crime. He obviously was displaying the total lack of regard for the property and lives of others and was carefully selecting what he thought was an easy target. Their next step would have been something like this where "children" severely beat a 94 year old man in the head with a rock.
I would really like to know how big this 12 year old is? I bet we won’t see any pictures of him.
Exactly... the little bastards know where one of the guns in the neighborhood is now...I’m guessing they will find another target!!!
When seconds count, they are minutes (or hours) away, if they bother to show up at all.
Either that or they'll ambush her where she doesn't have a gun and beat her to death with a brick or something. I'm guessing that their value system and consciences (or lack thereof) are pretty much set by now.
I want to add to Anitius’ post... My mother is the same age as this woman. For years, her neighbor’s kids tormented her in the same way. The police couldn’t (and wouldn’t) help. The other neighbors were victimized, too, and there was nothing anyone could do. I tried everything to get help to no avail and finally ended up in an argument with the boys’ “mother” (using that term loosely). She filed a police report against me. These types of people know how to work the system and how to get away with everything.
But, they don’t get away with everything forever. Eventually, it all catches up, and the “kids” grow bigger and end up in prison. But, in the meantime, they make everyone’s life miserable.
Shaking my head at some of the comments over there criticizing the woman in and under the article. They have no clue. A 12 year-old can be sweet and innocent, or a 12 year-old can be public enemy #1.
Miss Margaret = PATRIOT
“had been harassed by the boys before and had called police to no avail.”
Cops = PINHEADS (Well-paid Pinheads)
That’s a real possibility!!!She needs to carry her piece on her person for a while and end the hostility for good the next time!!
“Unfortunately lawyers have made that practice very damaging to ones finances!!
I agree! There are too many lawyers in America. There needs to be a stigma associated with the practice of law. How many parents rejoice “My little Johnny wants to be a CAR SALESMAN!”??? Unfortunately a lot of moron parents think that if little Johnny becomes an ambulance chaser, that’s the absolute best thing that could possibly happen to him!;)
"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt."
-- John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Rigght of Election, 1790.
Unfortunately this was in Chicago where the government makes self defense very difficult, and carry permits almost impossible. Frankly, I'm surprised that the police didn't find some "weapons charge" to charge her with. And I'm sure that they took her gun as "evidence" of course. So unless she has a backup she's defenseless against the juvenile $hits and any of their relatives who come around to "settle the score"
Hope they don’t try to get revenge against her? These scvm show no mercy.