There was a time when parents took responsibility for the actions of their children, and children knew enough to be accountable for those actions, and if not there would no doubt be consequences when they got home…we called it “upbringing, and there were rules and regulations, and chores that needed to be done, and a father and mother who usually knew exactly where you were, who your friends were, and what time (especially at 15) you were allowed to stay out.
Obviously the world has changed, today’s young adolescent is more likely to disrespect authority, and perhaps that’s the real back story to this senseless tragedy.
Three teenage girls in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently stole a car, and in their attempt to flee from the police, they drove into a pond, and all three drowned.
The young girls reportedly asked a 36-year-old man for a ride, but when he stopped at a local Wal-Mart before dropping the girls off at their destination, the young females decided to steal the man’s car.
Not long after police officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office saw the girls driving the stolen and began following them. The girls failed to slow down, causing the car to leave the road and into a pond, where the auto quickly submerged under 15-feet of water.
Police officers on the scene attempted a rescue however the situation was determined to be much too dangerous for police officers to go into the pond without adequate emergency gear.
Relatives are now reportedly outraged because the police officers on the scene didn’t do enough to save them.
In response Sheriff Bob Gualtieri posted on Facebook that completely obliterated any argument these relatives were making, a dash cam video that showed the officers had taken off pieces of their uniform and were attempting to go into the water after the girls.
“It’s a bunch of junk,” the sheriff said. “Those deputies went in that water and tried to save those girls at their own peril.”
The wider issue that seems to be overlooked, is that these three girls stole a car which is a serious crime, a felony to be exact, which carries a stiff prison sentence for adults.The three teens were Laniya Miller, 15, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Dominique Battle, 16.
Here is Video that set off the accusations initially: