Gun Play

The 15-Year-Old Responsible for the Recent California School Shooting Will Be Tried as an Adult. Justice?

image HADY SY
Age 35
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Art director

In high school, were you a bully or were you bullied? When I was in school, I lived in Lebanon. I was the only black guy in a French school in an Arab country. The people there were very racist. I have curly hair, and they'd say, "Your hair, you can clean with it." It didn't matter that I'm half white; to them I was black. Kids that age are very cruel. If you're fat or have pimples, they'll tell you.

Should the California shooter be tried as an adult?No. He should be tried, but he's clearly sicker than he is a killer.

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Do you, or does anyone you know, have a gun in the house?No, never. I'm actually doing a project on guns right now, examining guns and their design. They're beautiful.


image DANIEL GONZALEZ
Age 20
Resides New Jersey
Occupation Actor

In high school, were you a bully or were you bullied? In my own circle of friends, I was probably the bully, but my group was made up of visual artists and musicians, so we were picked on a lot by football players.

Should the California shooter be tried as an adult? No. The law that allows the state to prosecute juvenile offenders for so-called adult crimes will backfire.

Do you, or does anyone you know, have a gun in the house? No. The closest I ever came to a gun was the time a Florida cop pointed one just inches away from my face. He thought I was breaking into my friend's grandmother's house.


image JENNIFER ABRAMS
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

In high school, were you a bully or were you bullied? When I was younger I was picked on because of my teeth. I was quiet, and I'd do things with my mouth and people would call me "bunny rabbit."

Should the California shooter be tried as an adult? I'm loath to pass judgment on someone I don't know, even though I think murder is an adult act. I know I couldn't sit on a jury and tell that kid he was going to jail for the rest of his life or that he was going to be put to death.

Do you, or does anyone you know, have a gun in the house? No, not that I know of. I grew up in Connecticut, not in the West.


image DAVID REYNOLDS
Age 29
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Web designer

In high school, were you a bully or were you bullied? I was picked on for being strange and for being an artist. I ignored the people who bothered me and managed to find friends I knew I could trust.

Should the California shooter be tried as an adult? No. A 15-year-old is under so much pressure now. Even kids have limits.

Do you, or does anyone you know, have a gun in the house? Yes. My mother has always had a gun in the house. She feels more comfortable knowing it's there. Growing up, I knew not to touch it, and I'm not even sure I knew where it was.


image ERIN DIGIGLIA
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

In high school, were you a bully or were you bullied? I was lucky to be well-adjusted. I certainly wasn't picked on. Kids are cruel.

Should the California shooter be tried as an adult? No. He's a kid.

Do you, or does anyone you know, have a gun in the house? My father had guns for hunting. They were always locked and put away, but my brother once got hold of one and took it out back to shoot it off.


image ROLANDO GALINDO
Age 19
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Employee, record store

In high school, were you a bully or were you bullied? I'd have to say a little bit of both.

Should the California shooter be tried as an adult? Yes. He's old enough to know right from wrong, and even if he is sick in the head, which is what they're saying, he should be tried as a grown-up.

Do you, or does anyone you know, have a gun in the house? Personally, no, but where I'm from there are guns. That's the mentality of the street.


image BERTO RAMIREZ
Age 32
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Travel agent

In high school, were you a bully or were you bullied? I was exempt because I hung out with the girls. It's not the girls who exert peer pressure, it's the guys, and since the guys want the girls, if you're with the girls, you're in good shape.

Should the California shooter be tried as an adult? No. Because the apple doesn't fall far from the tree; we should take a good look at where he came from.

Do you, or does anyone you know, have a gun in the house? No. Guns don't belong in the 21st century.

 
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