The death of 10-year old Joanna Ramos, a Long Beach, California fifth-grader, has been ruled a homicide. The alleged murderer? An 11-year old girl. Weapons? None. The death due to blunt force trauma (possibly a blood clot on her brain) as a result of a scheduled fistfight. Reason? Allegedly, a boy. How does any of this make any sense? And, as adults, we must ask ourselves: Could this happen to my child?
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When a tragedy like this happens, we naturally try to find the reasons, the causes, and mainly, someone to blame. But when the alleged “criminal” is an 11-year old girl, can you really place the blame on her? Can you direct all of your anger against such a vulnerable target? It would be easy to blame her parents for not realizing that their child had “issues.” But the truth is that nowadays it seems increasingly harder to truly understand what it’s like to be your child. Are they depressed because the hormones are kicking in or because they are being bullied?