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7th Grader Used Birthday Gift To Shoot and Kill Family Members

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A 14-year-old in Spartanburg, South Carolina shot and killed three family members last week. The boy’s father and great-aunt died on the scene, and his grandmother died at the hospital a few days later. His motivations aren’t clear, but NBC station WYFF4 reports that the weapon in question, a .22 caliber rifle, was given to the boy by his father as a birthday present. District solicitor Barry Barnette hopes to have the 7th grader tried as an adult, because of the seriousness of the crime.

This is a terrible, terrible story, and one that raises some oft-repeated questions about gun ownership in this country. TC mark

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    • Thomas

      aw, goddammit, i still have to live here another 42 days.

    • Damn

      what is happening to peoples minds…

      what can we do to make the world a better place?

      should sociology or 'peace love and understanding' classes be mandatory for 1st-5th grade? or something?

      • tough love

        sometimes i feel like kids today just don't get hit enough

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    • Sophiepsychopath

      generally fourteen-year-olds are in ninth grade… did he possibly have a mental handicap that may have played a part?

    • Diddly

      Bleak. South Carolina is a real shit-hole.

    • Iiibbb313

      Doesn't raise any questions about gun ownership for myself… the kid might have poisoned them or knifed them… whatever…

      …there is more to this story; you can tell by Barry Taylor's interview.

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