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on Apr 9, 2012
"possibly the teenager's friends"
Some friends. How many of you folks would drop off a critically injured friend at the hospital and not stay to try to help, tell what you know, see if he was going to be okay, do all you can for him? It's good that they at least delivered him to where he could be helped, but then "Run away, run away!"
I'll guess these boys grew up without their fathers, who also carried the "Run away, run away" gene. Given that it's so widespread, there must be a Darwinian advantage to it.
JustMe - what kind of friends? Well, where do I start? Friends also involved w/illegal activity such as drugs, gang activity, even underage drinking. Kids at a party that got out of hand & became violent. friends who don't want teen to die but want to cut their involvement short (pun intended). Friends who have A LOT to hide. The kind of friends that none of us want or need.
musical, I am afraid I see that post as being an unfair slur on fathers and men in general. There are LOTS of fathers out there who would LOVE to be a part of their children's lives, but they are blocked from doing so. Many are pushed out of their children's lives by purposeful actions of the mothers, through courts, moving away, visitation interference, and so on. Some are never told that they are fathers until many years later when they are suddenly hit with a way-past-due bill for child support plus penalties (at which time they have been precluded from playing a role in their children's lives during critical formative years, and then the kids are taught that the father was a no-good bum as an excuse for not making the introduction sooner.) I myself have fought that battle, and guess what: My son lost, he is the one who suffered for his mothers actions.
There are too many good fathers in deep emotional pain over their kids for me to sit still while you heap further insults on them.
Objection sustained. It will always be a brutal world and we must choose our battles wisely.
The worst thing about this is that the people who dropped off the victim probably knew who the attacker was. So, while they were trying to preserve the life of the victim, they are also defending the identity of the thug who did this.
To the editors of Palo Alto Online:
>> " I'll guess these boys grew up without their fathers, who also carried the "Run away, run away" gene. Given that it's so widespread, there must be a Darwinian advantage to it. " <<
I have a serious problem with this comment and I sincerely wish you would remove it.
Please do so.
" It will always be a brutal world and we must choose our battles wisely."
But in Family Court, you don't get to choose your battles, the battle chooses you. As a male, you lose, no matter who was the fault of the divorce, no matter how hard you tried to keep it together, no matter how hard you worked at it. The courts automatically assume you are a standard deadbeat dad and punish you accordingly. All the weapons for doing battle in court are given to the mother of your children, (your income, presumption of innocence, presumption of being a better parent, etc.) and no evidence to the contrary is considered. (If you can prove she is a drug abusing prostitute doing her thing in front of the kids you might stand a 50/50 chance of gaining custody.) The kids become a weapon, and weapons get damaged in a fight. But you have no say in the matter.
I remember being fearful of getting a raise on my job, because a change of income was grounds for my ex to take me back to court for a CS adjustment, and since I had to pay both lawyers, I would end up paying them more than the amount of the raise.
Do they have video surveillance at the door to the hospital? - perhaps the car/driver/riders can be identified. They would know what happened to the victim. They all better speak up. As a taxpayer, I am disgusted to have to pick up the tab for this unnecessary violence: as described, "a stabbing that critically injured a teenager.." - it's garbage.
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