Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso was depressed after a needless incident at a Walmart in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Authorities responded to a fight complaint and discovered a 15-year-old girl had been stabbed during a fight with four other girls, all of whom were apparently younger than the juvenile victim.
The stabbing victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died, prompting investigators to launch a murder inquiry. What they immediately learned made the tragedy even more heartbreaking. Not only was the little girl stabbed to death, but her heinous murder was also livestreamed online, and the suspects were just 12 to 14 years old.
Sheriff Tony Mancuso stated that the entire case unfolded in front of them on live Facebook and Instagram. The reason for the dispute and subsequent assault was unclear, however, and the teenagers involved apparently stole knives from the real shop where they were to use them in their attack on the victim.
They have footage of everything that happened, and it’s quite upsetting, Mancuso said. Since the whole murder was played out on social media, there seemed to be no remorse. It was incredibly chilling to witness children as young as 12, 13, 14, and 15 behave in this manner, and they as a community cannot support it. They cannot allow this disease to spread across their town.
The four teenage culprits were apprehended by cops, yet this was not the sheriff’s office’s first arrest. This is the third murder in six months involving minors ranging in age from 11 to 16 years old, Mancuso revealed. They come from all walks of life and all ethnicities. This is just an issue with youngsters having access to firearms or stealing weapons.
The four minor suspects were put into a juvenile jail institution in the area. One of the girls was charged with second-degree murder, while the other three were charged with first- to second-degree murder. Mancuso said that it’s awful when they have to come in and pick up the pieces since so many families have been harmed as a result of this.
Officials were going to take some serious actions, according to the sheriff, stating that Mancuso and parish law enforcement will vigorously enforce curfews mandated by state and municipal legislation. This is going to be parish-wide, every city is going to be on the same page. They’re going to have zero tolerance for curfew violators, Mancuso said, issuing a strong warning to parents and noting that this isn’t something they can police their way out of.
He simply doesn’t think this is a police concern. This is a parenting problem. They want to understand where their children are. Kids need to know what’s going on in their lives, Mancuso said, adding that parents must take charge. They have to, he said. This is impossible for them. They can arrest them, but this will not address the situation. It will need parenting—understanding where their children are, what they are engaged in, and what they are doing. One is dropping off children who are unsupervised.
They’re asking everyone to stand up and get engaged, Mancuso pleaded, urging the adults to intervene. All:parents, grandparents, and business owners. They cannot allow this to continue, as it will deteriorate and spiral out of control. As a society, one cannot condone such conduct. One cannot stand by and let this happen.
Tony Mancuso, the sheriff, is correct. One can only hope that this heinous murder serves as a wake-up call. “Do you know where your children are?” queried a popular public service announcement from the 1960s to the late 1980s. It’s a critical question, and one that we should all be able to answer at any time. If we can’t, it’s time to reconsider our parenting style.
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