Tuesday, December 26, 2006

What is a 9th grader doing out at 1:30AM?

The day after Christmas the news is always light. It’s so light today I’ve found myself reading the NYPD police blotter. On the blotter I came across a note that said a teenager was shot and killed outside his Queens home at 1:30AM Sunday night. The teenager was a 9th grade student and his devastated parents are asking for answers.

As I say a prayer for the family I have my own question. What is a 9th grader, who should be 14, doing out at 1:30AM? I’m going to go out on limb and assume he wasn’t on his way home from midnight mass. Is there ever any reason for a 14 year old to be out at that time by himself?