Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Last night on my way home 3 boys assaulted another boy on the train. The victim appeared to be asleep or trying to sleep when the 3 others approached from behind and began punching the victim in the head and face. The fight was quickly stopped by my fellow passengers. Several people called 911. When the train reached the next station it remained in the station until police arrived. The boys were aware that the police had been called and tried to evade arrest first by moving to another car and later by running down the stairway while police were coming up the other. With the help of people calling 911 who could see where the kids were headed from the platform, the 911 dispatcher was able to direct officers who finally caught them. All in all I was quite impressed with the response of the police, the CTA, and especially my fellow riders.

The boys in question seemed to be 12 - 13 years old . Hopefully, they are punished and they change their ways before they end up in jail or worse. There are too many kids who run wild without fear of reprimand these days. If more folks take responsibility for raising all of the children in this city and not just their own, we can make these incidents a thing of the past.

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