Conflict resolution with our young people seems to be all but non-existent. What has to be going through the mind of a 9:year old boy to think they the best way to handle a dispute is to grab a gun and voluntarily point it and shout another person.
More importantly, where were the parents and why was the handgun do readily accessible?
These questions may get answered but the lives of this family is forever changed and a life is lost because a child didn’t have the skills needed to prevent what transpired.
Read more as reported by CNN:
A 9-year-old boy retrieved a gun from his parents’ bedroom and shot his 13-year-old sister to death, authorities said, after the two got into an argument over a video game controller.
The incident occurred over the weekend in rural Monroe County, Mississippi, as the children’s mother was preparing lunch in the kitchen, the county sheriff said.
“He wanted the controller, and I guess he knew where to find the gun,” Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN.
The boy grabbed a handgun, which was kept in a nightstand next to the bed, and shot the sister in the back of the head, the sheriff said.
“This is the first time I’ve ever dealt with any child that was shot like that,” Cantrell said. “And I hope I never deal with it again.”
The girl was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, where she was pronounced dead Sunday.
The case is still under investigation and authorities have not filed charges.
“We are talking to the district attorney,” Cantrell said.