Hardly a day goes by that I don’t rejoice the fact that I live in New Hampshire, not Massachusetts, and have recent moved farther away from the Bay State. And two stories in the news recently have affirmed my despair that not only are things getting worse down there, but there isn’t much to indicate that it’s ever going to get better.
First up, we have the tale of a boy who gave out all kinds of warning signs that he was troubled. For months, he terrorized his school with threats and outbursts of violence. But no one could be troubled to intervene and stop him while he continually escalated his deeds, until he finally reached the ultimate — and murdered a schoolmate.
And in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a teacher who did a favor for a student has learned the old saying that “no good deed goes unpunished” — and two young men are facing major charges.
It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole culture to screw them up this badly.
Massachusetts, this is your future. You made it, now embrace it.