That's a headline to grab your attention. And it's worth grabbing. Grandma is a smart lady.
Mrs Tahana did not blame police or "the system" for the end to her grandson's life, but said many young people today were displaying similar traits.
"They are just slipping through the cracks. They don't put value on life. I'm 67 and I treasure every second now."
I have said this many times. They don't put value on life. But I add, they don't value their own life and consequently they don't value anybody else's.
This boy was trouble/troubled from the word go. What might have made a difference?
Police were aware of the youth's criminal behaviour, but had been limited in what they could do because of his age.
In times gone by he would have been institutionalised. Today that word has unpleasant connotations. But thousands of children went through children's homes, often kept until they were ready to work. They were taught skills and eased into the outside world.
I know of a boy who is very much like this kid. He is so difficult nobody wants him. He's a danger to anybody who takes him in. He has already assaulted younger children in a particularly nasty fashion. I expect I will read about him in the papers one day in the not too distant future and he will end up in prison. He needs to be detained right now - for his own sake and everybody else's. But he is under 14.
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