Offer support, not commentaryPublished 12:01am Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Any tragic death in a small community leaves ripples felt by many, but crimes that involve juveniles — either as suspects or victims — are especially difficult to swallow.
The Miss-Lou hasn’t been immune from teenage troubles, but each case warrants a community pause.
The public doesn’t know why a 14-year-old Concordia Parish teen allegedly shot and killed his stepfather Sunday. Authorities likely don’t have all the answers yet, either.
So the only appropriate move at this point is simply to wait and avoid jumping to conclusions.
A family is hurting, and your thoughts and prayers are needed.
The tragedy should also serve as a reminder of sorts. Are the lines of communication between you and your teenager open? Do you know where they spend their time and what emotions they are battling?
Are there weapons in your house? Are there weapons in other places your child might be able to access?
Tragedy can happen to anyone, but taking proper precautions can also save lives and head off problems.
We are sorry for the loss in the Watson family and trust that local authorities will work quickly and thoroughly to pursue the best possible outcome at this point.
But we know our community has a great capacity for loving and supporting families in such situations, and we hope that happens here.