This story is about to tear you in two. A 17-year-old boy is dead, and a father is expected to face a grand jury for allegedly shooting him when he came across the boy in his teenage daughter's bed. But when you hear what happened in that bedroom, you're probably going to want to give the dad a hug.
The story goes that the dad (whose name is being withheld at the moment) was told by one of his children that there was someone in his 16-year-old's bed. So he did what any concerned parent would do -- he went to check things out. Mind you, this was around 2 a.m.
According to cops, when Dad got to the girl's room, he asked her about the boy in her bed, and she claimed she had no idea who he was.
Sounds like a scared 16-year-old caught with a guy in her room in the middle of the night, doesn't it? I know I would have been flustered and terrified at that age if my dad walked in on me with a guy in my bed, ESPECIALLY a guy I knew! Unfortunately; it was a lie. The girl DID know the kid.
And that's when things got really scary. The father reportedly told the teenager not to move. The boy moved, and it seems that the dad shot him, thinking the teen was going for a gun. Only the kid did not have a gun.
Now, it's no surprise that they're convening a grand jury here. A child is dead. His family will surely want justice, and you can't blame them. THEIR CHILD IS DEAD.
But, and this is a big BUT, we're talking about a situation that is just plain tragic. The dad sounds like a caring, normal, not crazy dad who will have to live the rest of his life with the awful guilt of having killed a child. The daughter sounds like a normal teenage girl who will have to live with her own guilt.
So what should cops do? Send dear old dad away to do hard time for what? Thinking he was protecting his kid from an intruder?
I don't think so.
The sad thing is sometimes accidents happen. They're no one's fault. They just are.
It doesn't make them any less tragic, but it does remind us that people need to use good old-fashioned common sense and compassion when dealing with other folks.
Should the dad be charged? That's up to a grand jury. But here's hoping they go easy on this family; they've been through so much already.
Put yourself in the shoes of the 17-year-old's family. Would you want this dad punished?
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