Michael Brewer, Courtesy of CBS 4 (WFOR)
While surfing the internet this afternoon at work I stumbled on one of the most gruesome, disgusting, horrific stories that I have ever read. It appears as if video gaming may take some heat again for some ridiculous acts, performed by some disturbed children. The incident took place in Deerfield Beach, Florida on Wednesday of this week. Five teenage boys are being charged with setting a young man on fire because he owed one of them $40, money he borrowed to pay for a video game.
The victim, 15-year old Michael Brewer, was doused with rubbing alcohol by one of the suspects, while another suspect threw a lighter onto Michael igniting him into flames. The three other suspects were content standing around watching this young man burn to death. Michael Brewer is currently be held in the intensive care burn unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in a medically induced-coma due to the extreme pain of the burns. Sixty-five percent of this young man’s body is covered in burns; half of his scalp is completely burned away, as well as, his eyelashes and eyebrows. According to Dr. Nicholas Namias, the director of the Burn Center at Jackson Memorial, “Michael is doing as well as we could hope someone could do with this condition. But don’t mistake that for being good. This is obviously a very bad thing, a very serious thing…Burn patients only really start to get sick four, five, or six days into it.”
Michael Brewer has a long way to go in his recovery. According to doctors he is going to face massive infections and possible organ failures in the future. It’s hard to believe that less than a week ago this was a young kid who was just trying to hang out with people who he thought were his friends. Today, his parents aren’t even able to recognize the face of their beloved child.
The actions of these five boys can never be forgiven, but the blame doesn’t fully fall on the children themselves. Rather, I blame the parents of these children. What sort of environment do these kids live in, if the first thought in handling problems is pouring alcohol on someone and lighting them on fire? I know people are going to say that you can not blame the parents, but I say why not? These children are reflections of the environment that is projected upon them. The most disturbing part of this story I have held onto until now. When the ringleader and another suspect were questioned by police, their first reaction was to laugh at it. That is something that is not only wrong with the child, but also something that is reflected by the parents that raise these children.
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