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The Burning. (Part Two)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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"What were these kids thinking? Did they enjoy torturing a helpless child?"

A little boy continues to fight for his life after being set on fire by some kids.

Surprisingly enough, the little boy who'd been burned a few days ago continues to valiantly fight for life.  Last I heard, he was still alive; he continues to get treatment for massive burns in the burn ward at the local hospital.  

The child is still in very critical condition.

He will probably remain there for a very long time; once he does recover from his burns, the initial shock, he will, more than likely, need many years of surgery just so he can look normal again.  Right at the present time, he probably looks anything but normal.

I often think of this child, wonder what his family is going through.  The agony they must be feeling must be intense.

As for the kids who did this, law officials have finally made some arrests.  The kids were older, teenagers, ages 16-19; they were part of a posse of troublemakers who only wanted to cause mayhem wherever they went.  They are now in police custody, getting questioned; they will either be put into a detention hall or, if worse comes to worse, spend some serious jailtime. 

Or perhaps be involved in some sort of community service (maybe volunteering at a children's hospital?).

I think a good punishment for these young hoodlums would be spending some time in a burn ward, seeing severely burned patients get treatment, or a hospital emergency room, where they can see the blood-and-guts of life firsthand.

Maybe that would change their tune. 

Somehow, deep down, I doubt that will ever happen; it seems that today's kids have become callous, unfeeling, apathetic to other people or their feelings.

They just don't care, period.

I still can't imagine the reasoning behind this little disabled boy getting treated in such a cruel, dispicable way.  He didn't deserve to be burned when he couldn't even defend himself!  What were these kids thinking?  Did they enjoy torturing a helpless child?  Did they do it for kicks, or did they want to feel powerful, knowing that they could take advantage of someone who was smaller, younger, weaker?

I can't seem to get this child out of my mind.  I have never seen him, but I feel that I must pray for him.  He is going to need a lot of prayer in the days/weeks/months/years ahead!

I think I might go see him at the hospital, see him for myself.  Maybe then I will understand what this child must be enduring. 

*To be continued.*  

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Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 10/23/2009
A good write of an awful but relevant situation. The 19 yr. old would be tried as an adult and would do time but the others, well they need a lot of indepth psychotherapy and if any are deemed to be nonredeemable psychopaths, well, now there is the dilemma. Well done. Hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/21/2009
This continues to tare at my heart, but a powerful story, very well done, thank you
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 10/21/2009
I didn't see that on the news. That is awful!The teenagers who did this must be very emotionaly sick, but should have huge consequences for this terrible act.I like the idea of them working in a burn unit, and possibly wearing bandages that someone who was seriously burned would wear for one day.I would also like to see the whole family have counseling and for the teenagers to do work for the family of the small boy they hurt. They would also have to pay for all his bills by their jobs. There would probably be other things to.I don't think jail time would accompish much accept make them even more un-feeling than they already are.However I an kind of undecided about that. They did such a terible crime.

With Love,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/21/2009

Painful to read, once again - cannot imagine how teenagers - kids!, really - could be so cruel. Think a stint on the burn ward would teach them a lesson they'll never forget. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/21/2009
That's a good idea, put those hoodlums to some heavy duty work that gives back pain, tired body and calluses in the hands, that at the end of the day they have no more thoughts for mischief and misbehaving!


Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/21/2009
OMG Karen, yes I saw this on Good Morning America...I just can NOT imagine...and yes he has been on my mind along with his family..I think to myself, that could of been any of our kids
Love, Christine

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