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I will go ahead and verify

I will go ahead and verify what the "uneducated" people have tried to defend. I am a very well educated young woman who knew Jonathan. I absolutely agree with you that an education is essential in succeeding in life, but we all know that school is not for everyone. If we had more hands-on programs that would make school fun for students or meet the student's individual needs, we would have less drop-out rates.

Beside the school factor, you have no idea what this child (I say child because he was so young) was going through at home. You have no idea of his past. All you probably know is his past record on paper. There's more to a person than what you read in articles and blogs written by journalists who do nothing, but try and find all they can to provide the media with an interesting piece of work. This CHILD was truly a loving person. He was "running the streets" because he, like many others, thought it was the quickest way to provide for his family. He was the type to give the shirt off of his back to someone else in need, knowing he had nothing else to wear. He was the neighbor who helped with yard work and house repairs because it was the right thing to do. He cared about everyone around him, no matter if he knew them or not. To put his name in vain, and make him sound like the stereotypical "thug" and "gang-banger" is just ignorant.

People should really think about what they write before they post things to public places like this. I understand the message you're trying to send, but the way you worded it was very offensive and uncalled for.

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