Guns, more guns

What should the grown-ups do?

Where were the parents? we ask when a kid commits a crime. In the case of the first-grader in Mount Morris, Michigan, who brought a gun to school and shot classmate Kayla Rolland to death on February 29, we know where the parents were: the mother was pursuing a drug habit and the father was in jail. The other adults in his life were thieves and drug dealers. The boy’s “home” at the time was a crackhouse, where he didn’t even have a bed. He lived amid drug deals, in a place where guns were left lying about. This schoolroom shooting was a catastrophe waiting to happen, and we can certainly point the finger at the parents.


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