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Thursday, August 07, 2014

A 12-year-old boy at a Kentwood, Michigan, playground met a 9-year-old Monday and then took out a knife and stabbed him repeatedly, causing fatal injuries. Michael Conner Verkerke managed to get back to his home after the attack but collapsed on his porch and died that night at a local hospital. Attack suspect Jamarion Lawhorn went to a nearby house and called 911. "I thought he was calling for his parents to come pick him up," homeowner Glen Stacy told CNN. He wasn't. "He called 911." She said Lawhorn told the dispatcher, "Hi, I just stabbed someone, please pick me up and come kill me, I want to end my life."

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The mental health situation in our country needs fixing on sooo many levels. Where were the parents, who should have seen some type of deterioration in this childs behavior over time? Bus Drivers, teachers, friends, family? And even if it was recognized, would help be available? And to top it off, mental health issues are actually valued in some parts of society, enabling one to collect a "crazy check", that replaces a 40hr work week income.

#1 | Posted by aescal at 2014-08-07 08:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

As Hilary says: it takes a village to raise a child. The Repubs running in 2016 think that it is OK for a child to kill all those villagers...

#2 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-08 08:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

#2 WTF? Liberals don't care about the victim or this case. It was black on white (doesn't fit into their racial agenda) and it was an attack with a knife (doesn't fit into their gun control agenda).

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-08-08 09:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

I know someone who gets a Crazy check and a Lazy check.

#4 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-08-08 10:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

Aescal - I agree with your first sentence. There are a plethora of mental health issues and they are not being properly addressed. They have always been there though. There are so many reasons there seem to be more mental health issues then ever. Would the parents even see a deterioration? Not necessarily. I knew some kids with mental issues - they always had them... Some did develop as they grew as well though.

Beyond the normal gene induced mental health issues, some of the problems are from parenting and some is society and where it is going. People need interaction, children in particular. It seems like more and more parents are either 'helicopter parents' or disconnected totally from their kids - both induce their own issues. On the disconnected side it feels like a lot of it is economics driven but there are a lot of self absorbed people out there too. The technology driven isolation of people doesn't help either... There are few 'normal' parents anymore.

As for "crazy checks", what you said is pure crazy. These are disability checks. I know a couple people who get them. They are TRULY mentally incompetent to work in any reliable semi-normal environment. No amount of meds can fix it. It's not like the people collecting are living the high life. One lives in a group home and struggles even with the help provided there and the other lives with her sister who cares for her. It isn't like this is some sort of prize that lets people live the high life and forgo 'working'. It's a right wing idea of freeloading. If I was to bet both of the people I know would give up those checks to able to live and function normally and actually work a job.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-08 11:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG

I haven't seen anywhere that it was black on white? Where did you get that info? I didn't see the race of either of the kids for that matter...

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-08 11:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

Was he in possession of the knife legally or illegally? Was this a "knife free zone"? How did an underage person get hold of a knife? Where is the NKA in defense of this person's right to bear a knife? As always remember, kids don't kill, knives kill and knives have ONLY one purpose - killing.

Tragedy - how can a 12 yo be so unstable to want to do this?

#7 | Posted by e_pluribus_unum at 2014-08-08 12:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

Having worked as phone and net installer in mostly innercity and minority areas I can tell you that the 3rd of the month is most anticipated day of the month in those areas. It wasnt common for installs to boom the week after, and when running disconnects hear the same "come back after the 3rd" excuse. Add to that the fact that some doctors are more than eager to diagnose some sort of mental illness to facilitate their clients receiving such checks, as they can now collect for future counseling, and we see that people can and do take advantage of the system. Ive seen everything from 40yr old men still wearing diapers and have to be spoonfed to 20yr young men with back problems who help lift their 1970s RCA woodgrain cabinet TV to the other side of the room collecting disability.

And CNN is one of the most PC MSM sites out there. Dont expect to learn the race of attackers or victims when it doesnt fit their agenda.

#8 | Posted by aescal at 2014-08-08 12:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Do people cheat the system? Yes... Prosecute them. Not even close to a majority of people who collect are actually cheating the system. When it comes to cheats part of the problem is employers themselves and the other part is society. Society both tolerates them and doesn't expect more from Employers and while just buying the cheapest thing they can find.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-08 12:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

#7 | Posted by e_pluribus_unum

If only the 9 year old had a gun.. Right?

#10 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-08 12:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

#6 I Googled the kids by name and found other articles that provided their pictures. Also one article in which a neighbor said something to the effect that the kid with the knife was a weird kid and he wasn't completely surprised. Really, though...the victim went by Conner and his killer's name was Jamarion..I had a suspicion about the races of the kids from the start.

fox17online.com

hinterlandgazette.com

www.inquisitr.com

#11 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-08-08 12:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

I had a suspicion about the races of the kids from the start.

#11 | Posted by MUSTANG

Why does it matter?

#12 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-08 02:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

#12 It went to the accusation in #2. CATDOG (apparently someone who is both a p%$$y and a b!t@h) accused Republicans of thinking it was somehow ok to kill kids (which is incredibly offensive). I countered that liberals simply didn't care, and stated why. In this case, the fact that it was a black on white crime with a knife means there will be minimal coverage of the crime. If, by contrast, a 12-year old white kid had taken his father's Glock out and shot a random 9-year old black kid, it would make the 6 o'clock national news.

#13 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-08-08 02:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

what has become of us?

#14 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-08 02:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

#13 | Posted by MUSTANG

CATDOG was trolling for a reaction, and he got one. But you're the one that's digging for some point that this is racially motivated.

#15 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-08 03:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

#15

I think what he was digging at was the fact that this was a black-on-white crime is the reason that reporting has been somewhat quiet and the race of the 2 children generally aren't even mentioned.

#16 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-08 03:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

" digging for some point that this is racially motivated.

#15 | Posted by Whatsleft "

Were these attacks truly 'random', there would be a more statistically balanced victim and attacker data set.

#17 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-08-08 03:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

the race of the 2 children generally aren't even mentioned.

#16 | Posted by JeffJ

That's because it's irrelevant. I think Mustang is trying to create a racial issue, where none exists.

#17

"attacks"!?! A 12 year old who was apparently depressed and had taken pills, stabbed a 9 year old to death. Where is there any data set to balance, at all?

#18 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-08 04:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

When both sides don't make it a big deal, then it won't matter. Dems won't let a good white on black killing go and repubs in the opposite direction.

#19 | Posted by boaz at 2014-08-08 07:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

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