Sunday, June 28, 2009

Joplin Globe features mild-hitting editorial on Memorial Middle School shooter plea

An editorial in today's Joplin Globe decries the length of time (two years and eight months and counting) that it has taken to find a resolution to the case of Memorial Middle School shooter Thomas Gregory White, 16, who pleaded guilty Friday in Jasper County Circuit Court.

The editorial board let us know that the case has taken too long (I wonder how long it took the board to reach that conclusion) and offered this powerful advice on preventing future such occurrences:

Once this case is put to rest, we strongly recommend a review by our local courts system to determine a better way to handle a juvenile offender certified to stand trial as an adult

Is it any wonder elected officials quake in fear at the Globe's hard-hitting editorials?

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