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West Columbus football player to have leg amputated

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The mother of the West Columbus High School football player who was shot this past weekend said her son, 18 year-old Anthony Bethea, will have his left leg amputated Wednesday morning. Eva Bethea said her son is breathing on his own, but his injuries from getting shot in the stomach have led to needing the amputation surgery at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Bethea was shot outside a house party in Fair Bluff around 4 a.m. Saturday by 28 year-old Shondell Smith, who was shot and killed by a responding police officer.

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House Party???

If I understood the actual TV report correctly the mother and sister were present at the time this occurred...is this right?

What a Tragedy

One can only wish the young man best wishes as he sees his life altered forever through the loss of a leg. On the other hand, Ms. Eva should be looking in the mirror and accepting full responsibility for this. Children depend on Parents to display sound judgement. Children depend on Parents for guidance. Children should be able to depend on their parents to prepare them for future life through the use of responsible behaviour. This young man will never have the opportunity to pursue a college football opportunity. Here's hoping the young man can overcome this avoidable incident; pursue other educational opportunities when high school is over; and go on to a productive life which includes mentoring other youngsters on avoiding the types of situations which led him to Pitt Memorial.