You’ve seen the pictures of children brandishing guns. This has become part of what some call “thug life,” and the pictures are rampant in the black community.
These pictures don’t have the innocence of children growing up in the former America, where kids played cowboys versus Indians. Now the guns are most likely real, and thug life glamorized.
So I wasn’t surprised to learn that a 5-year old was shot by his younger sibling, as reported in STL Today:
Brittany Ciara Harris, 24, and Demetrius Terron Dennis, 25, both of the 2800 block of Stoddard Street, were each charged in the incident on Sept. 10, according to court documents.
The 5-year-old was shot in the left side of his chest around 7 a.m. in a home on the 2800 block of Stoddard. Police said later that the boy may have been shot by a 4-year-old child. The injured boy was in stable condition at a hospital two days after the shooting.
What makes this story so tragic is the parents tried to cover the real details up.
Police said Sept. 12 that the boy’s mother and her boyfriend could face charges. The pair apparently tried to mislead police about the shooting at first, telling them the child was playing outside when they heard a gunshot and found him injured. But police said the child was shot inside the home.
Sadly, this couple might have gotten away with blaming this shooting on a drive-by. Far too many children in America grow up in these urban jungles; war zones. They see thug life on display daily, and many times it is in their own homes.