Memories of a Boy I Never Knew

The tragic story of

A teenage boy who had been

Bullied and tormented relentlessly

Till one day with a gun in his hand

He planned to end it

Shot one killed an innocent classmate

Accidently in the way

Shot two gave the perpetrated

Ultimate revenge

The bullied boy

Was taken to court

He was sentenced to life in prison

He was only fifteen

Can you imagine a mistake you made,

When you were just fifteen,

Determining the fate of your entire life?

His family pleaded he be tried again

This time they took away all chance of parole

Now this boy sits in prison

Even dreams of freedom are futile

What can be done with a society

That would throw away a boy?

What happened to forgiveness?

What can be done with a society

That doesn’t believe in a second chance?

This is the true story

Of a boy I remember but I never knew.

I. S.

Please leave your response to this poem.

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3 comments on “Memories of a Boy I Never Knew

  1. Aravis says:

    Is this about Jason McLaughlin? If it is, his story is really very tragic and I am praying for him and his family for peace.

  2. Moriyah says:

    Deeply moving and sad, is this based on a true story? Thanks for sharing!

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