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Opening Arguments

Bus Stop Blues

My sister says everybody in Indianapolis is talking about the bus stop bandits. On Thursday, at least four high school students were victimized at four separate bus stops and robbed of MP3 players and cell phones and probably even their lunch money. Now, two 13-year-old middle school brothers have been attacked at their bus stop. It doesn't even seem to be the same set of attackers -- the dirtbags are copying each other in this lowest-of-the-low crimes:

It just enrages you," said Pam Griffin, who lives a few houses away from the bus stop and has a granddaughter who lives in the neighborhood.

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"It's a really frightening problem for citizens that live in this county," Benjamin said. "We need to be proactive."

I'm guessing Indy police will throw everything they have into this -- if they don't, they're utter fools. These are just the kind of incidents that get people buying guns and forming vigilante groups. Thank goodness the creeps in Fort Wayne haven't sunk this low yet.


Bob G.
Wed, 01/28/2009 - 11:56am

I see you did make your comment provisional with the addition of the word "yet"...nice touch.

Then again, when the kids are IN school, it doesn't ease up on them either.
Just last week, my wife had a "new" H/S student (from INDY but "said" she was from DETROIT) who casually walked up behind another female student at her desk and "went at it" with the girl...for no reason known. Took two MEN to break it up...and the media didn't mention it. It as over THAT quickly.
But someone DID get a free ride to the ACJC.

Seems this troubled girl likes to talk a lot...brag incessantly, and have a penchant for fighting. Nice kid.
That's why (as her mother said) they LEFT Indy in the first place.
(And they come HERE to start it anew?)
Suffice it to say that girl won't be back in school any time soon. As to the girl that was set upon?
Well, she got a suspension, but no expulsion.
(Maybe it's better to sit there and just take it?)

Kids are impressionable AND imitative...and they WILL learn from watching others (if not outright emulate them). Too many adults with nothing to do (my neighbors, for instance) are likewise.

So don't think for one moment that someone (probably living in MY part of Ft. Wayne) hasn't already thought about doing this with OUR school kids.
It's just a matter of time...
But it IS still all about someone being "entertained", isn't it?

Personally, I hope it never occurs.
Kids have enough problems, both real and perceived.
We don't need to add another.