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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Homeless Victims of "Sport Killings"

As if it’s not bad enough being out in the cold, without a roof over their heads, there’s a growing threat to homeless individuals: the danger from teenagers who beat homeless people for amusement. Baffling and unthinkable to most, a growing number of homeless murders have been occurring that are attributed to a phenomenon labeled “sport killings”. Groups of mostly teenage boys have been attacking homeless people in alarming numbers and even videotaping themselves doing it.

Across the nation, America's homeless are under attack - literally. They are hunted down during youthful rites of passage by roving packs of males armed with prejudice and tools of torture. Criminologists call these wilding sprees "sport killing," -- largely middle-class teens, with no criminal records, assaulting the homeless with bats, golf clubs, paintball guns. The attackers are almost always boys, peer pressure and mob mentality sweep away caution, and parents don't suspect their children could be capable of such actions. For more see


Raby Savage said...

Check it out: I'll betcha the parents have rotten attitudes about people without homes (homeless) and they may unknowingly be passing on their attitudes to their kids. When my brothers were teenagers they had compassion for all people less fortunate than we were. Guess who they got that attitude from?

ls said...

I walk in Echo Park twice a day and the only days I get anxious about are saturday nights. On Saturday nights it feels like the locals leave and newer younger group comes in to party. I try to minimize my contact and have considered starting a different route just for that night. Well sure enough, there they were and on Sunday morning saw their debris all through the park Their target? The homeless of course -- all of their personal belongings were scattered in an open area under the trees. It's really disturbing and very motifying to see the fragments of someone's life scattered on the grass.