A tragedy rocked my little suburbian area this weekend. Perhaps “rocked” is too strong a word…but most people at least flinched uncomfortably upon hearing the news.
Here’s the basic story…two guys, ages 17 and 19, died at 6:30 am Saturday morning in a car wreck. The wreck was completely their fault, as the driver (the 19-year-old) was going a good 105 mph, and lost control. He crossed the median and hit another car, containing an elderly woman and her middle aged daughter, head-on. The boys were drug dealers, plain and simple. They were the kind of kids who were doing drugs in 6th grade, when most kids still believed they’d never even think about trying it. In fact, it is rumored that they were on their way to obtain drugs of some sort that very morning. The 19-year-old graduated from my high school in 1999, and the 17-year-old was in my grade…In fact, he was in my class in 6th and 7th grades, you could say I “used to know” him.
The choked-up principal came over the intercom today and asked us to observe a moment of silence for the loss. Okay, I don’t feel anyone deserves to die prematurely…I am immensely sorry for their families to have to go through the grief of losing a child; I’m sorry for the friends who have to lose the companionship; and I’m sorry that the boys won’t get to live a full life. However, everyone is walking around saying what good people they were, and how awful a tragedy it is…They did it to themselves! Who do I feel the most for?? The two women who were nearly killed by the carelessness of the kids. These boys were nice…I will give them that…nice to most people from what I hear. But they shamelessly endangered the lives of other people by getting out on the road and driving like that. Not to mention their heavy involvement in drugs…I mean, what about all the times they had been out there driving under the influence? What about all the life-altering habits they support?
I feel terrible because I can’t muster up what seems to be an appropriate amount of sympathy for them. Am I wrong here?? What’s yall’s take on it?