Justice served in Odgren case

May 8, 2010

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IN RESPONSE to “A bullying victim, and a victim again" (Letters, May 5) by Patricia Hunt:

I am an aunt to seven nephews. Of my nephews, six have some form of psychological-learning challenge. Of these six, two have diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders. Of these two, one has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome along with a raft of other psychological problems. He has never been violent, nor have any of my other nephews exhibited violent tendencies. Please know that, while I feel for what John Odgren and his family are going through, I feel worse for what James Alenson’s family has to live with for the rest of their lives without their son, grandson, brother, and friend.

A life was taken because a boy who was mainstreamed into a public school environment obviously shouldn’t have been. He brought a knife to school and intended to use it. If he were being bullied, why didn’t he use that knife on the person or people who were bullying him instead of someone he had never even met?

Perhaps he wasn’t in his right mind when he attacked and killed Alenson. But justice was most certainly served with his murder conviction, because this boy took a knife to school and used it on a stranger, ending the life of a 15-year-old boy. Yes, justice was served.

June Schwartz,

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