Cook County Criminal Court – There are times when we can make the right decision, yet end up with the wrong results. So that should go without saying that, at times, we can make the wrong decision, yet the results come out favorably. This appears to be the predicament that young scholar, Darnell D. Hamilton, from Urban Prep Charter Academy seems to be experiencing; by all accounts this is a young man with a bright future unfolding before him. He is said to be not only bright, but personable.
Both Darnell and his mom have expressed that doing the wrong thing, even for the right reasons, does not make it the right thing to do. Despite the often dangerous reality that faces youths on Chicago streets, LaDonna Petty said her son should never have armed himself, and he knows it. “He said, ‘Mom, I made a mistake,’” Petty said. “We all fall short in life. I am proud of him.” There seems to be a widespread consensus that suggests if we use a well-reasoned, evidence-based approach to make decisions in uncertain circumstances, then we will make the right decision most of the time. This young man and his parents are taking responsibility for this misstep. What is also impressive is how many people in the community have rallied behind this family, acknowledging that this poor decision should not derail this youngster’s entire future.
It will be interesting to see who or how many will have the wherewithal to come to this young man’s defense. It should go without saying that neither he, nor his family, will be able to afford the finest legal minds to best represent him; therefore, if there were ever a time for pro bono assistance, this seems to be it. We can't know what the future holds for us; there are no guarantees. And as many have struggled with making decisions in life, they can be happy that they have had so many choices offered to them, as that is not always the case for many inner city youths. There are only a few who have not at some point made poor choices, but along with those choices came challenges and opportunities that they would not have experienced otherwise.
For this reason, some may argue that in life there are not wrong or right choices. Whatever decisions we make, they will ultimately thrust us into life situations (both positive and negative). This supports those that subscribe to the notions that bad things can be good, or vice-versa and that the things that happen to us in life are either a blessing or a lesson; often times it is both.
Darnell D. Hamilton, who has big plans for college and is not known to have any gang affiliations got a gun from a friend and unwisely brought it to school Tuesday, according to Chicago police and his family. Authorities went to the junior's locker and found a 9 mm handgun with a 4-inch barrel and a magazine with eight live rounds tucked in his school bag, police said. Hamilton was charged as an adult with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm in school, both felonies.
The plea is for someone of means to step up to the plate to allow this to be a teachable moment, as opposed to the demise of another young Black male with great potential. Decision making is an important skill that anyone who wants to be a leader or achieve anything great in life must have. It is the mark of great leadership to be decisive and to make the right decisions at the right time for the right reasons. However, this is often easier said than done. This unfortunate decision needs to be a minor incident in this young man’s life, not his defining moment.
Hamilton has now brought forth another teachable moment within the Black community: “when things go wrong, as they sometimes will, we all band together in an effort to right a wrong.”