Would you have risked your life to save that 15-year-old boy?

March 28th, 2006

I was driving up Center this morning past the spot where the 15-year-old was beaten to death last week.

The first thing to note is that Center is a busy street.

I guarantee plenty of folks drove by as this gang was beating that boy to death.

It made me want to rant about how SOMEONE should have helped this kid.

But then I asked myself what would I have done if I’d seen it happening?

I certainly would have called 911.

But would I have tried to intervene?

My first reacton was…not unless I was armed.


In the last few years, sildenafil physician we’ve had one and a half adult males beaten to death by gangs of young people in Milwaukee.

A group of young men capable of beating a boy to death, buy viagra drugstore would probably have been willing to beat or shoot or stab anyone who tried to intervene.

But then I imagine just driving away…continuing on my way to work.

And I don’t think I could have done that either.

I’m just not that sort of person.

I think I would have done something more than calling 911.

I think I would have honked at them.

Maybe drove at them.

Maybe got out and started yelling (the way adults would have yelled at me if I was doing something stupid on a public street in broad daylight when I was a kid).

I don’t know if it would have helped.

I don’t know if there would have been two dead bodies instead of one at that bus stop.

I think I would have tried to do something.

I hope I would have.

(As an aside, the entire length of that street was filled with young men loitering at corners. School-aged kids. What the hell ever happened to truancy laws?)

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  • 1. David  |  March 28th, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    I am surprised that none of those countless drivers would have pulled over and used their concealed weapons to attempt to make the attackers back off until help arrived. I mean what is the purpose of having concealed carry if you are not going to…. sorry, forgot this is Wisconsin.

  • 2. Melinda Omdahl  |  April 1st, 2006 at 10:12 am

    One of just two states that doens’t have some sort of concealed carry law.

    I guess stopping crime is not seen as one of the side benefits.

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