The father of one of three Florida teens charged in a vicious school bus attack said his son is “sorry” for taking part in the July beating that made national headlines. As the trio headed to court on Tuesday, Julian McKnight said his son Julian, 15, has also suffered in the aftermath of the July 9 attack on a Pinellas County school bus after it left Lealman Intermediate School in the St. Petersburg-area community of Gulfport. “All I can say is that he had his consequences already, you know?” McKnight said. “This is life. I am sorry what happened
Comments: Assault and battery is a serious crime, worthy of a stout jail term. A three on one beating could fairly be called attempted murder. The little cretins already have one foot in prison.
They should have at least been put on probation for three years if they did not put them in jail. They should have been made to wear an ankle bracelet to keep tabs on them until they grow up. It is pretty obvious the father had no control over his son before the beating if he was selling drugs in school.
Sorry, but I missed the part about the father being in jail. My thinking was that when he said "he had his consequences already", there was actually a father involved in the family and some parental discipline had been shown. Let´s face it, teens selling pot is not really that serious and is not limited to "bad" parents. I´m sure plenty of kids from "good" homes in your neighborhood have probably done the same.
Imagine how Jezze Jackson would have been up in arms if the white kid had a gun and turned the tables on these animals and shot them.
Instead, he just gets on the tube and says "it´s not the same thing".
Are we moving towards a civil war?
The smart, civilized, law-abiding citizens that are continuously victimized have more of the guns, have the money, and have the information. If such a war should come to be, I wouldn´t want to be criminals like these animals.
Today was just the preliminary hearing. Court appearance in 2 weeks, and the Judge will view the tape. I take selling "pot" seriously. It is a gateway drug..in some it leads to greater dependency to stronger drugs and ultimate destruction.
Actually, the father appears to be a pretty stand up guy.
And anyone who thinks selling pot isn´t serious --no matter the age of the person selling it, or that pot isn´t a gateway drug is lying to themselves. When you take into consideration that the ones selling the pot were in their early teens, it becomes even more serious [and more of a lie to excuse it].
These teens are on their way to a meeting with death very soon unless something drastic intervenes. Either they will kill or be killed. The victim could have been killed if one of those blows was directed just the wrong way.
This signals that one of the kids was not nearly as bad as the other two. While I´d rather hear the apology from the kid than the dad, it does represent progress. Cut the sorry kid some slack. Throw the book at the other two.
Sorry is not enough. They broke his arm! That takes some doing. And in the video all three were waling on that boy. They were brazen enough to beat the kid up on a school bus with a camera. I can just imagine how upset some of the other kids were having to watch this knowing they could be next. No slack. I think some tough love is in order. The court needs to kick their butts.
FTA: “It’s hard to make a comparison,” Jackson told Breitbart on Saturday. “In one case a man was unarmed, killed by another man..." when comparing the Gulfport beating to the Trayvon case.
OK, so Jessie´s statement implies by not condemning the three thugs that if Trayvon had a weapon it would have been a fair fight sort of like a shoot out at the OK Corral. But, Trayvon being bigger at 6´ 2" and having been in fights before did have a weapon that he thought could "kill" Zimmerman and that was his fists. In his youthful ignorance, Trayvon wasn´t figuring on an "equalizer".
If these three bully thugs in Gulfport don´t straighten out, they my pick a fight with someone that they think is weaker and find the same fate as Trayvon. THAT is why we have the 2nd Amendment.
Actually,poster # 11 is probably right. After seeing Sharpton, et al, for the last few months, I was mildly surprised that a father stepped forward and said something relatively sane. I realize that the kid may be sorry only because he was caught, but anything remotely sensible nowadays is a breath of fresh air.
The kid is only sorry they had it on video and got caught. Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and all the other slave owners? If this was 3 white kids beating the holy shiznapz out of a little black kid you would see them marching in the streets demanding justice. Of course those black rodeo clowns are too busy complaining about a rodeo clown that got some good laughs at a rodeo.
No! Jailtime for those tough thugs! They need to be off the streets and put somewhere away from the citizens. Sorry, that´s just the way it is. Those kids are big enough and know that what they were doing is going to hurt that kid. They knew that going and still chose to do it! Put them away for a while. No pity here!
Growing up in a neighborhood with several interstate car thieves, Nazi war criminals, bank robbers (convicted or otherwise running loose), and a Calabrian mafioso, I found that particular ZIP Code could get me into any top university in the country as am affirmative action type recruit.
BTW, that Zip fell out of the 25 worst spots in America recently. Thank you God!
It also taught me that even criminals feared for the wellbeing of their children. Some of them knew what to do ~ and some of them simply brought them into the family business, and there is an exacting discipline in your more organized criminal enterprises.
I can´t say what the parents of these little perverts are up to, but they´d best begin exercising some degree of control or their boys are going to go to jail ~ if they´re lucky ~ otherwise they´ll be dying young.
I agree with a lot of the other posters. The dad sounded and acted like a standup guy. And when I was a 15-year old jerk (even though I didn´t assist in an aggravated assault or anything like that) I´m glad I had a Dad like that who stood up for me even though it was very humiliating for him and he never did anything to deserve that sort of humiliation.
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