Friday, July 04, 2008

The monsters among us

Breaking news: A 16-year-old boy who was stabbed in south London has died of his injuries, police just said, taking the number of teenagers killed by knives in the British capital this year to 18.

Yesterday's news: Exchange students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23, were stabbed 243 times, tied up, gagged and burnt in one of the most "frenzied, brutal and horrific" murders ever investigated by Scotland Yard.
The pair, described as "two of the brightest students of their generation", were tortured in an attack that may have lasted for several hours at the flat in New Cross, south-east London.
They were then doused in an accelerant and the bedsit was firebombed in an attempt to hide the evidence.


Last week's news: Police in Camden have vowed to protect communities from knife crime after the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy at the weekend.Ben Kinsella, from Islington, died from stab wounds in York Way, near King's Cross, in the early hours of Sunday.

Last month's news: Leila Shire stood outside her central London apartment block, where a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death this week."A lot of people are carrying" knives, said Shire, 24, a family friend of Arsema Dawit, who police say was the unarmed victim of a 21-year-old man charged with stabbing her repeatedly in an elevator.

Practically every single day this year there has been a new report of yet another brutal death by stabbing. Knife crime, especially among teenagers, is rising exponentially. Yesterday I heard a very posh mother say on breakfast TV that nowadays all rich kids carry mobiles and all poor kids carry knives...

How has Life come to be worth so little?

How has taking a Life come to be so easy?

What gruesome creatures walk among us, nurtured and developed into monsters by our own collective doing?

What kind of world is this where I'm bringing up my kids?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We outnumber them - we are silent, perhaps we shouldn't be silent anymore.
We outnumber them - we are quiet, perhaps we shouldn't be quiet anymore.
We love our children, perhaps we should do it out of love.

J.

Claudia said...

I'm not sure about the outnumbering bit... if every kid is carrying a knife, that's pretty daunting. We aren't silent, London has seen a great number of protest marches addressing this issue. New laws come out everyday to try to cope with the problem and so far nothing seems to be effective. This is a symptom of a much deeper rot in society that feeds (not only but also) on the fact that real life for youngsters is now modelled after violent computer games and violent movies - easy come, easy go, when it's over you can always start again.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I was talking from my confortable position - where that's not happening, yet...
So you're not silent and not quiet - that's good society must face the fact that it's the parents job to bring up the children, not TV and not only School...

J.