SCC Has Had A Heart Attack
I found Mr. SCC (as he demands to be called at home) slumped over the breakfast table with a Sun Times in his hand. Don't worry, he doesn't buy the Times - he usually steals it from the neighbor's front porch or picks up one that the delivery man misses into the bushes. He's been trying to train the dog for a month to chase the driver so he drops more.
The paper was open to Mary Mitchell's column (he always calls her Mope-rah), so while I was waiting for the paramedics to arrive, I read the column:
Stop blaming the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Public Schools for what is happening to black children.
When a teenager ends up in court charged with murder, it isn't society's fault. It is the parent's fault.
Because Ivy was brazenly gunned down minutes from the high school, in an area routinely patrolled by squad cars, students are blaming police.
As one female student put it in earshot of a reporter: "You didn't do s---. Why the f--- are you here now?"
And police are supposed to want to wade into this land mine? Whatever happened to respect?
Tragedies like this happen because too many parents let their teens find recreation in the streets.
Too many of these same parents also believe it is normal for a teenager to have a rap sheet and to hang out with gang members.
And instead of seeking help for out-of-control teens, these mothers -- and it is usually the mothers who find themselves in this position -- end up in front of a judge trying to convince the court that the accused is a good kid.
Parents who have given up on their kids and let them run wild in our schools and in our neighborhoods need to be held accountable.
Maybe the best way to do that is to make the parents of the killers pay restitution to the parents of the victims, as one of my readers recently suggested.
"I am tired of parents who continue to surrender parenting. . . . This doesn't happen overnight," said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina.
Monique Bonds (Mrs. SCC)