15-Year Old Boy Set On Fire By His Peers…

Fifteen year old Michael Brewer escaped death… barely. This 15-year-old boy was the victim of a ruthless attack by other youth which landed Brewer in the hospital where he is expected to stay for 5 months.  A few weeks ago another youth, Derrion Albert was attacked by a group of his peers and Derrion was beaten to death.

art.brewer.wforMichael Brewer was not beaten, he was set on fire!  That’s right, you read it correctly.  15-year-old Michael Brewer of Deerfield Beach, Florida was set on fire by a group of his peers.  Brewer suffered 2nd degree burns over 80% of his body.  Michael Brewer is in critical condition in a hospital and is expected to be there recovering for the next 5 months.  Read the CNN news story about Michael Brewer HERE.

You may wonder what would possess a group of teens to set another teen on fire and then laugh about it.  What was the motive for this heinous crime??  Well the apparent motivation is snitching!  Yes, snitching.  Michael Brewer owed one of the suspects $40 for a video game and had not paid it yet.  So in retaliation the suspect stole Brewer’s father’s bike.  Well Brewer told (or snitched) who stole the bike.  The suspect was arrested and later released.  Then a few days later in the Deerfield Beach, Florida apartment complex where Brewer lived the suspect and four others surrounded Brewer, threw rubbing alcohol on him and then set him on fire.  Nothing justifies setting someone on fire, especially not $40 or snitching!

Our Youth should be declared an endangered species!  Every day I look at the news there are stories of youth being killed, murdered, dying.  It is not just black youth that I am concerned about, but ALL of the youth!  This is an epidemic.  Our youth are leaving this earth in epic proportions!  Our parents are crying oceans of tears and our graveyards are becoming over-crowded with the dead and empty promises of youth stolen away.

What CAN we do?

What SHOULD we do?

What WILL we do?

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Admin
    Oct 14, 2009 @ 12:08:58

    It seems many in our society and especially our youth have absolutely no moral compass. How depraved must you be to set another human being on fire and LAUGH? It’s as if we are watching the deterioration of a civil, sane society.

  2. Rachel
    Oct 14, 2009 @ 12:25:25

    This makes me very afraid…

  3. Sheliza
    Oct 14, 2009 @ 12:44:39

    I think parents that actually “parent” is a the link that can help strengthen our youth population. We can’t save everyone but can do our part to mentor youth. The saying is so true that it takes a village to raise a child.

  4. Mugglemama
    Oct 14, 2009 @ 14:30:51

    I have children ranging in age from 4 to 17. For the 17 years that I have been a parent, I have been astounded at the lack of effort that parents put into their children. They don’t set good examples, they let the kids get away with murder, they advocate aggression towards others, the list goes on. Currently, I see neighbor kids every single day who are from 3 to 10 years old, and their parents NEVER watch them while they are outside! The kids might be outdoors for hours, but nobody comes to even check on them. I am the ONLY parent in my neighborhood who actually sits outside to supervise my kids. A couple weeks ago I went to the mother of one 5 year old child (who’d been outside playing entirely alone) to let her know he’d been kicking sand in my daughter’s face…all she did was come back out a few minutes later and give me some excuse for why he had done it! I’ve actually had other parents tell me to my face, “We don’t discipline our children”. WTF? Their kids are little monsters with no sense of repurcussion for unacceptable treatment of others. I’ve noticed over the years, too, that younger parents are very likely these days to encourage their children to be agressive towards other children. For example, we actually saw a set of hispanic parents (and i use that term loosely) at a park egging their kid to come over and knock another kid off a particular toy he was playing on (basically as if to say, “hey, i want this now and i’m taking it)!! They essentially “made” him do it, and then laughed!! Both kids were about 4 years old. There are so many things wrong with the people now parenting the children of our world, and their influences on their children are destructive on so many levels, that I just don’t see how things can improve at all. When you have sh*t parents, you end up with these sh*t kids, who go around doing things like setting other children on fire.

  5. Ray
    Oct 14, 2009 @ 15:35:34

    This is not only dumb, but they will see in prison they all will be bitches! This is what is done in prison to punks just like this! I’m sure those in prison won’t be any more amused then the rest of us, and their justice is real justice! Five little punks burnt to a crisp or is it five little pukes burnt to a crisp! Better yet maybe this can be done to them and their families before they go to prison!

  6. Tracey Collins
    Oct 14, 2009 @ 17:05:43

    This is sickening! and whats more is that this type of thing is becoming more common. I think many are right when they say our culture is one of the reasons this is happening however I also think the media is feeding the frenzy. Whenever a story like this one hits the media all I hear is the ïts because he/she snitched”. The media and news commentators have an enormous impact as well on our youth. I think if the news commentators and media personalities stopped using this term and began the story about the “hero” and what happened to him you might have more teens and also adults stepping up to the plate instead of hiding and being afraid to be labeled a snitch.

  7. DEBORAH W KAYE
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 09:52:18

    Juveniles laughed after setting Michael on fire! Unbelievable! I can not imagine the rage Valerie Brewer feels at this horrible time in her son’s life. The scars that have been placed on each member of the family will take a lifetime to heal. Prayers are needed for understanding & healing. Prayers are needed for justice. I don’t know what the answers are for our violent children in this country, but Valerie is right, something needs to be done & now. I look around and see sex, violence, murder on TV & @ the Movies. Our children are allowed to watch this crap; don’t you think it gives them ideas? Yes, it does!
    People who have children, need to take notice of their child. Who are they with; where are they hanging out; what music are they listening too; What movies & TV shows are they watching. As a parent it is my responsibility to provide the teachings of manners; respect for all; morals & religion. This is my job to raise a decent human being to put out into society. Where are these parents who have no control over their child? Who are these parents raising a child with no regard for life or the knowledge of what is right or wrong. Valerie Brewer needs all the prayers & support she can get.
    In this case not only should the boys be tried, but the parents should be too! Prayer needs to be brought back into schools, along with life lessons on being an American who respects others. I am ashamed of how our Nation has turned it’s back on our Lord by suspending Him from schools. We’re paying the price now, aren‘t we? Young Michael, be strong, brave & your in my prayers sweet boy.

  8. Fedup
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 11:26:16

    Call it what it is – HATE CRIME!!! I want to hear from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on how they can blame this one on someone else.

  9. Disgusted
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 12:45:36

    Well seeing that one of the suspects is black, that says quite a bit!!! The victim is white and the suspects are minorities. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM You see this all the time too! You cannot tell me that it’s not a racial hate crime. Especially when the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of these crimes are committed by blacks, minorities and against caucasians or other races that do not usually commit crimes of this nature. Call me racist, but I am calling it as I see it and many of you will agree no matter what you say!!!! THE FACTS ARE THE FACTS and you cannot deny them! Their parents are just as guilty. Welfare sucking lowlife scum who breed to take more of our hard earned tax money don’t care about raising their children right, that’s why we have a country of full of the scum….and it starts at a very young age!!!

  10. regina
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 18:14:12

    Thank you all for your comments. This was truly a heinous crime and my prayers go out to the family.
    @Disgusted – yes, indeed your comment is racist. The actual FACTS are that EVIL comes in every race, shade, color or lineage. EVIL is not a black or white exclusivity. The kids from Columbine were Caucasian which means nothing to those who were lost or harmed in that heinous crime. EVIL is EVIL. Evil is no respecter of race.

  11. heather
    Oct 18, 2009 @ 06:56:42

    Have any of you listened to the 911 call? It wouldn’t matter if all the kids were black, white, Hispanic or asian the fact that “children did this is horrific”. When are we going to stop blaming religion, or race? Neither have anything to do with this. I heard the 911 call yesterday and it brought tears to my eyes..This was a premeditated crime and I can only imagine how Michael felt when they cornered him and threw rubbing alcohol on him then lit him on fire. I hope Michael makes it and lives a good life. There are advances in medicine which should make it possible for Michael to be healed over time. I expect we will be following his recovery for a long time ( if he makes it ). This story just breaks my heart.

  12. don
    Oct 24, 2009 @ 20:11:11

    thanks for the kind words regina while i was away. really placed a smile upon my face. i thank u from my heart.

    as for the post i think we are living in the last days and there is no question how society and the whole on a whole needs to be turned upside down and started all over again. they set dude on fire and then laughed …. scary.

  13. traceybookish
    Dec 07, 2009 @ 05:04:53

    Raising a child to be a conscientious citizen is a responsibility sadly not everyone adequately fulfills. It’s damned hard work, but WHEN are we going to learn to say NO to our kids sometimes. Do our kids ever have to go without sometimes? Are they made to help out around the house and be part of the household they live in? Are they given some rules and boundaries?
    …And WHY do we allow the absolutely terrifying and disgustingly sicko movies into our cinemas and TV screens. Why do we blatantly sell, buy and allow our kids to play sick video games which is proven to activate the violent part of their brains and desensitize them.
    We don’t need to ask ourselves why this sort of crime is and will worsen as we already have the answers, we just have to start taking responsibilty as a society and take some radical action.

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