Another day, another tragedy in Gunmerica. According to the Sheriff’s Department in Jefferson County, Tennessee, authorities have charged an 11-year-old boy in the shotgun shooting death of an 8-year-old neighbor. According to reports and witness accounts the girl was shot because the boy was angry that she wouldn’t let him see her puppy. So, he left her, where she had been playing in her yard around 7:30 PM Sunday evening. He went home and got his father’s shotgun, and shot the girl, McKayla Dyer, in revenge. The chest wound resulted in her death.
According to the girl’s mother, the boy had bullied her daughter relentlessly ever since they became neighbors in the White Pine mobile home park. McKayla’s mother, Latashy Dyer, said of the clearly ongoing and escalating situation:
He was making fun of her, calling her names — just being mean to her. I had to go the principal about him, and he quit for a while, and then all of a sudden yesterday he shot her.
She was a precious little girl, she was a mommy’s girl — no matter how bad of a mood you were in, she could always make you smile.
Another neighbor who witnessed the situation, Chasity Arwood, said:
Wanting to see a puppy, the little girl laughed and told him no, and that was it. Guns should be under lock and key if you have a child, nowhere in arms reach of a child.
Ms. Arwood is absolutely right. This is a murder on the part of the 11-year-old boy, but it is also a case of gross parental negligence. The parents definitely need to pay dearly for this one, with monetary compensation, criminal charges, or both. Then again, their kid was an obvious bully with serious anger problems. He learned that somewhere, likely in the home. Well, they are getting their comeuppance now. The boy is currently in juvenile court, but it is possible he will be charged with first-degree murder as an adult. Something tells me that’s exactly how this should end, but the parents should be penalized as well.
These “responsible” gun owners are now responsible for the death of a little girl, and for the fact that their murdering bully of a son will rot in prison, starting at the ripe old age of eleven.
Watch a news report on this tragedy below, courtesy of local station WKRN-TV:
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