I’ve been off work these last two days with what some people may describe as ‘man flu’, I describe it as the plague. I got woken up from a sleep at 13:30 today with a BBC News text telling me that an 18 year old lad had been found guilty of shooting Rhys Jones dead. I can’t actually describe the feeling; I think I am glad he’s been found guilty of murder, I’m happy that there is a ‘legal end’ to this tragedy, but I can’t help thinking there is something else. Disappointment, anger, retribution….
I think that I’m angry that I had to receive the text message at all. Rhys was 11 when he was gunned down – that is a tragedy and I pray for his family. I am angry that we are living in a society, that in some areas it is so broken that, it seems routinely acceptable to carry around guns and fire than without a care of where the bullet lands.
What’s the answer? I don’t know. There has to be I think a real culture change in Britain. We need respect back in the class rooms, we need people to fear the consequences of their actions and we need a justice system that catches and sentences those that step over the line.