A reader sent me this article, and it makes me see red:
As Sarah Kreager, 26, tried to sit down on a Baltimore City bus Tuesday, police say, a middle-schooler told her she couldn’t. When she attempted to take another seat, a middle-schooler wouldn’t let her. Finally, according to police, Kreager just sat down.
She was “immediately attacked” by nine students — three females and six males — from Robert Poole Middle School. They punched and kicked her at 2:59 p.m. at the intersection of 33rd Street and Chestnut Avenue, according to Maryland Transit Administration police.
Kreager was dragged off the bus and her boyfriend, Troy Ennis, attempted to get her back on, police said.
She sustained “serious injuries” and had to be transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to a police report.
Kreager suffered two broken bones in her left eye socket, police said.
“She had eye muscles that were damaged,” a police report states. “She had deep lacerations on the top of her head and another above her neck.”
Two seats and the bus’ rear glass were destroyed during the attack, police said.
The bus driver on the No. 27 line quickly called police, who responded and arrested the nine juveniles, said Jawauna Greene, an MTA police spokeswoman.
All nine suspects, ages 14 and 15, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
Their bus tickets — provided by the school — have been revoked, Greene said.
“Riding the bus is a privilege,” she said. “Public safety is our primary concern.”
I don’t live in, or near Baltimore, and I wouldn’t want to. But this is a national problem. All of our major cities, and many of our minor cities, are turning out like this. Crime and the young age of the new criminals are issues of primary national concern. As the policewoman noted, “Public safety is our primary concern.”
The reader who sent me the link also included these comments of his own on solutions to the problem:
Soldiers on the streets are what quell riots, not what start them. Weakness starts them. Lilly-livered, p***ified urban strategies that rely solely on miracles for solving real practical problems. Strategies like…um…hoping gentrification will put a new coat of whitewash on the ghetto. Hint: gentrification doesn’t solve poverty. The poor and f***ed are still poor and f***ed no matter how many shell games you use to move the ghetto around.
Call it what it is: The cities are warzones. Cops are just soldiers, and they’re badly trained and underequiped soldiers at that. Put real soldiers on the streets and stop the drug trade and predatory violence dead solid cold. You slang a rock or try to jack somebody, you die. They shoot one of the soldiers, raze the block he was standing on. Dumbs**t bangers only get one thing, strength. And we just retreat because race is involved, and when it comes to race, it’s all about bulls**t.
By every available piece of data, a soldier in Baghdad is safer than the mean citizen of most major American cities. An Iraqi policeman (aka big f***ing target) is safer there than in NO, Detroit, DC, Baltimore, NY, and Philly. Last I heard, there was a war/civil war/insurrection going on over there. But here? Nothing to see here, move along, pay no attention to the blood on the street or the hate filled black man waving a gun. Nope, no insurrection here.
I couldn’t agree more, personally. I couldn’t have said it better myself. These jackals only understand force, so force is what we need to give them. We need to hire some contractors to patrol the streets of our cities, and they need kill on sight orders for anyone committing a crime or out after curfew. It’s the only way to keep this country safe. And keeping America safe is the only way to keep it free.