Thursday, August 9, 2012

No Excuse, say the Reformers

3 Buffalo males injured in separate shootings

Published:August 8, 2012, 12:10 AM
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Updated: August 8, 2012, 12:27 PM
Three Buffalo residents - two teenagers and a man in his 30s - were wounded in separate shootings Monday and Tuesday according to Buffalo police.
Tijuan S. Harris, 17, of Bailey Avenue, was shot at about 10:30 p.m. Monday while riding his bicycle along the 2600 block of Bailey. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday.
At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, police received a call of a "man down" on the first block of Academy Road in the Schiller Park neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found Shon Dutton, 39, of Academy Place, lying in the street. He also was in critical condition later Tuesday at ECMC.
Also Tuesday, Northeast District officers responded to a 911 call just after 6 p.m. in the 100 block of Shirley Avenue.
Detectives said a 17-year-old male was shot during an apparent argument.
The teen has been transported to ECMC, where he was listed in stable condition.
Because of the serious nature of the shootings, homicide detectives were called in to investigate.
Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said detectives are asking that anyone with information on the shootings call the Police Department's confidential tip line, 847-2255.
One of the education "reformers" favorite saws is to say NO EXCUSES. They say what goes on in the neighborhood has no bearing on what happens in a classroom. It's up to the teachers they say to just blow past stuff like this - a pair of 17 year olds being seriously injured by gunfire and a 39 year old critically injured from gunfire. Is it because most of the "reformers" attended private schools that they never saw how a weekend shooting shows up at school on Monday morning? The two kids could be cousins or their assailants could be the same people or the second kid could have been shot as a payback for the first shooting. The 39 year old could be someone's Dad or uncle or brother in law. When this stuff happens in the neighborhood IT COMES TO SCHOOL. Only an idealogue or an idiot would try to say it has no effect on kids in school, their ability to get a quality education and the general tone of the building. Kids who come to school angry, seeking revenge or terrified of being the victims of a payback aren't terribly concerned about the Sherman Anti Trust Act or parabolas. The fear of getting killed at school because of something that happened in the neighborhood can have a negative effect on a kid's standardized test results. 

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