Because They Were Bored

I get to write another “your kids suck” article.  Hurray!  On Saturday, North College Hill, Ohio resident Pat Mahaney was walking home Saturday with a six-pack of beer anticipating hanging in front of the television watching sports and relaxing.  That was until something hit him in the back of the head.  “The next thing I knew I woke up on my neighbor’s front step and the life squad was there,” he said.

Six boys ages 13 and 14-years old were arrested for the brutal assault and face felony charges of aggravated riot and felonious assault.   Those arrested were twin brothers Tyree and Terrell Mizzell, Lamont Champion and Daquan Cain, all 13-year-olds; and Michael E. James, 14.  A sixth was arrested yesterday but his name has not been released yet.

Want to know why they beat Mr. Mahaney?  They “were bored” and looking for something to do.  They admitted that Mahaney did NOTHING to provoke them and that they kicked and punched him in the face while he lay helpless on the ground.  Mahaney was hospitalized or four days and suffered so many internal injuries that doctors had to insert a tube down his throat to remove all the blood from his stomach.

Police said “They were pretty arrogant in the interview with us. It’s appalling. I think it’s despicable. This appears to be premeditated and there was no remorse on behalf of any of the assailants. Thirteen-year-olds ought to be playing basketball, not running the streets looking for ways to entertain themselves at the expense of somebody.”  The boys told police they only stopped assaulting Mahaney because a neighbor was yelling at them and said he was calling police.

Latasha Alford, 32, the mother of the Mizzell twins, said that while not excusing her sons’ actions, they did feel peer pressure to go along with the other boys.  REALLY?  Peer pressure? When I was young, peer pressure was smoking in the girl’s room with my friends or hooking school to go hang out at Big Darby and drink.  I don’t ever recall feeling the urge to savagely beat an adult just because my friends were doing it and we were “bored”.  What the hell is wrong with these boys that they couldn’t have found something more productive to do with their time like playing video games, but instead are so jacked up that beating the living daylights out of an innocent man is more fun?

Sorry, but I blame shitty parenting when children act out violently like this, and failing to teach them RESPECT.

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