Rochelle Riley: Innocent 9-year-old boy won't see his city coming back
Why can't it stop -the killing of kids in the city? Why can't the murdering of people in general stop in the city? The crime wave has been on the rise and the cops looked like their out man by the criminals and the city officials are unprepared to face the raging crime in the city.
It was the same when I was young. I knew the gang names who terrorized the neighborhood and the kids in the school. The assistant principal at my middle school tried to bring a truce among the girl gangs. The meeting was set-up in the lunch room. I peeked in and one of the school official waved me off with a scowled face. Then I realized the news report were from my block and the crime went down around me on a daily basis. I lived in a war zone.
In high school, I hated the metal detectors. It always made me feel like I was the bad person or the one ready to hurt somebody. I wanted a gun to use in self-defense against the kid or person who had a gun. I understood a gun is not for show to scare a criminal. You will have to use it once and again and again.
After one of the weapon sweeps in high school, I passed the school lunchroom. The cops were standing around handguns, AK47, grenades, knives, and weapons. I didn't know what they were. I knew the AK47 because I saw that on the nightly news report in war zones like the Gaza Strip.
Sometimes I believe I've lived in a city where there was an undeclared war that never ended. The amount of causalities, weapons, and crime is not well documented. If they were, the United Nations and the world would send aid to help rebuild the city like other third world countries troubled with violence.