Increasing violence among teens a growing concern

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 07:50 PM.

This week in Houston there was a terrible tragedy. A 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old boy were shot and killed at a girl’s 18th birthday party. Apparently in the festivities, which included 100 young people, someone thought it was a good idea to shoot into the air in celebration. That act led another person to shoot into the crowd. The gunmen were ages 17 and 22. What bothered me the most was the fact that the girl giving the party stated that her guests were patted down and frisked at the door. The two shooters apparently refused the pat down, jumped a fence and snuck into the party.

Holy crap — what has happened to our youth? I remember teen parties and the biggest problem we faced were the kids who raided their parents’ liquor cabinets and got stupid drunk.

I can’t recall one tragedy as a teen that involved guns.

Seniors would come to school during hunting season with a shotgun in their truck window rack.

No one freaked out and events like Columbine were unheard of. Firearms were respected and not made taboo. When did it all change?

Wilmington is a hornet’s nest of gun violence right now. Daily news reports spread the word of armed robberies. There is gang violence with battles for territory to sell heroin. This isn’t Hollywood folks; this is in our backyard and moving closer every hour. Don’t let your guard down for a minute, and don’t be foolish enough to think that your children or your neighbors children are immune to the draw of these violent groups.

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