Sunday letters: Children need more guidance

October 20, 2013 

— A 15-year-old girl and five friends are leaving a nightclub after midnight when they are pursued by an SUV full of angry young women. After arriving home the girl’s father shoots a gun and kills an innocent bystander.

Why is a 15-year-old going to a nightclub and coming home after midnight? What nefarious acts were committed to cause an exchange of gunfire? Why doesn’t the father do what any normal father would do to a 15-year-old daughter and demand a 10 p.m. curfew? Why doesn’t he ask more questions about the company his daughter keeps and the places they frequent?

How often do we see this type of drama in the city of Columbia? Bad parenting once again leads to children out of control. Better hope the next bullet doesn’t fly by your house.

Peter Beaudette

Columbia

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