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Old 29 November 2006, 17:31   #31
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To all of you who feel outrage towards these young kids - Shame.
To all of you who feel sympathy for these kids - possibly misplaced.
To all of you who feel sympathy for those who knew them- Kind.

We were all young once, and most of us probably did something that cost someone else money or time, and most of us probably snuck out of the house during the late hours to cause some sort of mischief. To say they got what they deserved is harsh. To pass judgement on these kids without knowing anything about them is absolute stupidity. These kids took a rowboat, and utilized it. We will never know their intentions, so guessing is pointless. These kids took a risk (a stupid risk) in the name of fun. Call me a stupid yank if ya want, but this is what kids do, it's part of the learning curve of life. If they bashed holes in it so no one could use it, or sliced holes in the tubes of someones RIB, I would say that it was a pointless, malicious act and they deserve death, but when kids do stuff like that there is usually no consequences because there is little risk involved, and they are rarely caught. So lets put it too rest by saying to the loved ones, We are sorry to hear about your loss.

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Old 29 November 2006, 17:53   #32
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Couldn't agree more - maybe not all Yanks are stupid after all......
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Old 29 November 2006, 18:05   #33
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Couldn't agree more - maybe not all Yanks are stupid after all......
Getting mushy on me? Don't, were still assholes..
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Old 29 November 2006, 18:14   #34
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Getting mushy on me? Don't, were still assholes..

Well you said it - if they had nicked the boat in the USA they would never have drowned - they would have been shot first.....
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Old 29 November 2006, 20:20   #35
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Couldn't agree more - maybe not all Yanks are stupid after all......
Cod, from you, I'll take that as an off handed compliment... confidentially I'll let you in on a little secret, we are selectively stupid, it serves our master plan of world domination! Why just look at what we are doing in Iraq...
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Old 29 November 2006, 20:21   #36
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Well you said it - if they had nicked the boat in the USA they would never have drowned - they would have been shot first.....
Shot twice... then drowned...
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Old 29 November 2006, 21:39   #37
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As the father of two teen-aged boys, I am having trouble finding the words to express my disgust with some of you. You know nothing about this boy, other than he was apparently out too late and up to a prank. That you find his death at age 14 suitable punishment for this nautical joy ride is deplorable.

If you are parents, I hope that you never find yourselves in the situation this kid's parents find themselves in now. Shame on you.

Even if this kid was a terror, that doesn't excuse you. Any child's death is cause for great sadness.

I hope that at least some of your callousness comes from the false bravado that only the internet and anonimity breeds...
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Old 29 November 2006, 21:54   #38
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Shot twice... then drowned...
Consider my post about being shot twice retracted, I initially read the first post (Cods) and the article indicating the authorities thought the missing child had made it to land, apparently that is not the case. Consequently, a post meant in jest is inappropriate under the circumstances. Stoo is correct, a loss of a child is a terrible thing for the family, I cannot imagine having to deal with the same. Stealing a boat does not justify a death. Boats can be replaced. I think most males do impulsive things in their teens, probably due in part to naivete and hormones, who among us had common sense at that age? Tell me you did and I will call you a liar. My sympathies to the family...
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Pat, I was most certainly not addressing my comments at you or the others who are posting "in jest" which is understandable. But a number of these people are serious, and that's what I am taking exception with!
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Old 29 November 2006, 22:22   #40
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Pat, I was most certainly not addressing my comments at you or the others who are posting "in jest" which is understandable. But a number of these people are serious, and that's what I am taking exception with!
Stoo... Your post was accurate and in retrospect my post WAS in my opinion callous, unkind and insensitive. The parents and family of this child and the people who knew him have got to be sick at heart over this, and I'll have no part of joking over the death of a child, no worse thing a person can experience in life as I see it. Boats don't mean jack shit as compared to children, as a matter of fact, the driving factor in my project (boat) was my daughter, the kids, they get so excited out on the boat, it just makes it all good...
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