Thursday, March 29, 2007


They wanted to kill me, said John D'Amico. One of the two younger boys dropped a piece of concrete on his face.

Photo by the Daytona Beach News-Journal

Egged on by a 17-year-old, two 10-year-old boys joined in the attack of a homeless man in Daytona Beach, leaving him bruised and bloody.

The 17-year-old, Jeremy Woods, punched D'Amico who then fell over a concrete wall. As he lay on the ground, one of the 10-year-olds -- whose names are not being released -- used parts of the concrete to bash D'Amico in the head, a police report shows.

"If we're talking about 10-year-olds, that means we've hit an all-time low," said Michael Stoops of the National Coalition for the Homeless. "The youngest person to have ever been arrested for a crime like this is 13."

Read the Daytona Beach News-Journal article here and the Orlando Sentinel article here. CNN's report says the incident highlights the upswing in violent crime across the U.S. against the homeless.

Two questions:

■ Is this the result of a society that criminalizes homelessness, tries to push them out of sight and generally sends the message that homeless people are worthless?

■ And why are all the perpetrators in these incidents white boys?


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