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I saw this story on the Worcester Police Department Facebook page. It really pissed me off so I contacted Turtleboy and asked if I could do a guest blog because I wanted to get it off my chest. Here’s the back story:
15 Year Old Male Shot at Quality Inn and Suites at 50 Oriol Drive
Worcester, MA (March 14, 2015) – On Saturday, March 14, 2015 at approximately 3:53 AM, Worcester police responded to 50 Oriol Drive, the Quality Inn and Suites, for a report of a male shot. Upon police arrival, they came upon a 15-year-old male victim. The victim was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds but was conscious and alert.
The victim was transported to U-Mass Medical Center (university campus) and is expected to survive.
Worcester police investigators arrived at the scene and took control of the investigation. Evidence at the scene was processed by the members of the Crime Scene Unit. Witnesses at the scene were interviewed by detectives.
Based on witness accounts along with security film footage at the Inn, investigators believe that they are looking for three male suspects.
So first of all, it’s tragic that a 15 year old would get shot. He’s just a kid. But with that being said, I got a few questions. Let’s start with the fact that a 15 year old was at the Quality Inn on Lincoln Street at 3:53 AM. That’s your first red flag right there. Look, I know 15 year olds get into some shit sometimes. We’ve all been there. But getting shot at the Quality Inn is not some routine rite of passage that teenagers go through. I liked to sneak around when I was 15 years old, but somehow I managed never to get shot at a cheap motel on Lincoln Street.
Now, people read this blog because it’s blunt and honest. PC jerkweeds don’t like it. But it needs to be said because every normal person out there is thinking it. I read this blog because it says what I’m thinking. It’s refreshing to know that the whole world hasn’t gone crazy. We’ve let PC bullies shout us down and tell us we’re being racist, or mean, or blah, blah, blah, for way too long. That’s a defense mechanism for people who don’t have a legitimate point to make. I started reading this blog after Busgate because it said exactly what I was thinking. There are a lot of great parents in this city, but at the same time there are a lot of parents who need to get their shit together.
And guess what? When a 15 year old gets shot MULTIPLE TIMES something went very, very wrong. And 9 times out of 10 the finger can be pointed squarely at the parents. This kid’s name has been posted all over Facebook, but I’m not gonna post it because Turtleboy Management won’t let me. It’s the Internet though. If you want to you can figure it out on your own just like we did. The kid’s social media is open for the public to see and it speaks for itself. That’s the real story here – social media and parents who don’t know how to parent.
Now this kid is Facebook friends with both of his parents, because he communicates frequently with them on his page. The kid’s timeline is littered with photos like this –
If you’re friends with your 15 year old son on Facebook, and you have access to all these things he’s putting up there, this should IMMEDIATELY tell you that there is a HUGE problem that you need to address. No 15 year old kid should be constantly flashing pictures of himself with what appears to be thousands and thousands of dollars. Because 15 year olds don’t have real jobs. When I was 15 years old I would’ve traded my sister for $5 and a pack of sour starburst. But instead of looking at this and intervening, Mom seems to encourage the ghetto-fabulous life of her 15 year old son:
Sure he’s bragging about how his friends are getting locked up, he has thousands of dollars and appears to be an unlicensed shoe salesman, and he says things like, “Dirty money keep a nigga clean.” But there’s nothing to be alarmed about, right Ma? Perfectly normal. As long as he’s “looking fly like always,” that’s all that matters. Solid parenting right there.
The kid just got shot a bunch of times. If this happened to my son I would be FREAKING out. “How could this have happened? What did I do wrong?” At the very least the first thing I would do is have a serious conversation with him about responsible use of social media. I would let him know that this is in the news and that he needs to IMMEDIATELY deactivate his Facebook and Twitter accounts because the news is gonna come looking.
But not this Mom. This kid was live tweeting from the hospital:
Jesus fucking Christ. If you thought Baby Gangsta kept it real get a load of this kid. Like, he doesn’t even have any regrets. This was a GOOD thing in his mind apparently because it’s given him all sorts of street cred. Because after all, he’s a “soldier” now according to all the Tweets he’s re-tweeting about him:
You know what happens to soldiers kid? They die. But they die for good reasons. They die protecting our freedoms while trying to rid the world of evil. You got shot at the Quality Inn on Lincoln Street because you were trying to keep it real. You’re not a solider. You’re a fucking idiot. And if your Mom actually cared about you she’d tell you that too.
But that’s not the “culture” that his school’s (Doherty) Vice Principal Bernard Reese spoke about with Clive McFarlane last month.
“When a significant difference exists between the students’ culture and the school’s culture, teachers can easily misread students’ aptitudes, intent, or abilities … Secondly, when such cultural differences exist, teachers may utilize styles of instruction and/or discipline that are at odds with community norms.”
Ya got that? Instead of Mom teaching her kid that this sort of lifestyle is gonna get him killed it’s up to the teachers to adapt their “styles of instruction and/or discipline that are at odds with community norms.” His Vice Principal actually said that. And a major part of this student’s “culture” is that getting shot is fucking bad ass. It’s a badge of courage. If you get shot and live you’re a hero. If you get shot and die then everyone makes t-shirts with your picture on it like you’re some sort of martyr.
Any good mother takes this kid’s phone and smashes it in front of him. If you really love your kid and want to outlive him or not visit him every Christmas in jail, then you need to put the fear of God into him. It’s not like the warning signs weren’t there with all the cash-money. He was also saying stuff like this:
Talking about getting a girl jumped for the world to see. Smart. Just a reminder that Mom and Dad are Facebook friends with him. They had access to this and allowed him to keep it up. Then there this:
The kid is riding some type of motorized scooter, with obviously no license, all while taking pictures and posting them to Facebook. That’s a fucking deathwish. Once again Mom did nothing. Notice the hashtags too. I don’t know what “safo” is, but “#safogang” should’ve stuck out like sore thumb to any responsible parent.
The bottom line is this is yet another micorcosm into the world that teacher’s deal with in Worcester on a daily basis. If he doesn’t pass the standardized test and graduate in four years then it’s the teacher’s fault. Meanwhile what does he do the second he leaves school? Starts some sort of lucrative “business” (I wonder what business that could be) and gets shot a bunch of times at the Quality Inn. And teachers are supposed to magically overcome these insane distractions in his life and get him to prepared for college. Remember this story next time you hear a politicians talk about how schools are “failing” inner city kids. It’s not the schools, it’s the parents. Clearly they have no clue how to be parents, but that doesn’t stop them reproducing. Time for some mandatory government tube-tying. It’s for the good of society.
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