Vigilante justice and the contradiction therein
Posted by gespurr
George Zimmerman was recently arrested for killing a teenager whom he felt put him in danger. Against the advice of the 911 dispatcher, Mr Zimmerman took matters upon himself and pursued Mr. Martin. Had Mr. Zimmerman simply stayed put, Mr. Martin would probably still be alive.
Similarly, yesterday, Michael Sadler was at the Asher One-Stop in Little Rock where he pulled out his wallet. Fourteen-year old Michael Stanley took the wallet from Sadler, which apparently held a significant amount of cash, and left on his bike.
Stanley was a student at Little Rock Alternative School, located close by.
After Stanley fled, Sadler then followed Stanley in his van, chased the kid down over a curb and through a vacant lot where Sadler then ran Stanley over. But see, witnesses said that Stanley didn’t just leave it at that. They said that Sadler pulled Stanley out from under his car and proceeded to kick and punch him. Once Stanley slumped over and fell down, Sadler then picked him up again, propping the kid against the hood of the van and continued to beat the kid.
Michael Stanley was pronounced dead soon thereafter at a local hospital.
The multi-layered example of the degeneration of society within this one incident is frightening.
First, this took place in the late morning, when Stanley should have been at school. Obviously either the parents were unaware of his truancy or didn’t care. Or, perhaps the school did not advise the parents of Mr. Stanley’s absence. If that were the case, this deepens the fright even more. Is it commonplace for a school to not call the parents if a child didn’t show up to school? If that’s true, then if (hypothetically) a child is kidnapped, then the parent wouldn’t know until three or four in the afternoon! I don’t call my daughter’s school every day asking if she’s in the classroom. If I did, I’m sure the school would kindly invite me to find alternate means of education for my child or order me to a psych hospital.
Now, let’s take a look at how Mr. Sadler handled the situation. After his money was stolen, he intentionally pursued the child with his van. Mr. Sadler jumped a curb and drove through a grassy lot until his van made contact with the child. But, see, that wasn’t enough in Mr. Sadler’s eyes, apparently for he drug the injured child out from under the vehicle and apparently continued to injure the kid further. Vigilante justice. Really? Where is the justice here? Now, Mr. Sadler is sitting in jail on murder charges and the Stanley family is planning a funeral. Does Mr. Sadler feel justified now?
Perhaps if Mr. Sadler had stayed put and called the police, Mr. Stanley would still be alive. Cops can drive faster than a bicycle can move. If they hadn’t recovered Mr. Sadler’s money, there are many kind-hearted people out there who probably would have been able to replenish Mr. Sadler’s lost money.
If the incident alone isn’t scary enough, while reading several comments made by people on various news sites like this, I saw that some of the comments made state that Sadler’s actions were fully justified and that the boy got what he deserved.
I hope and pray to never encounter the people who felt this way. They scare me. Even if it was the last penny Mr. Sadler had to his name, it still does not make killing a CHILD for stealing a righteous act!
It is the people what write this that create children like Stanley who then grow up to be people who act the way Mr. Sadler allegedly did yesterday. Are we too blind to see this?
As parents we are sometimes oblivious of the fact that our kids absorb so much more than we think. If we act one way but tell our children not to act that way, the child will mimic the behavior more so than the words. If we wield a gun and practice violence, but tell our own children that violence is a terrible thing, the child will be likely to be involved in gun violence themselves. If we tell our child to not be prejudice but then badmouth those that differ from us, the child will still grow up to dislike anyone who is different.
Wake up and realize that our children aren’t simply a product of society. They are a product of us. Unless we as adults act like adults we can’t expect our own kids to surpass that.