Shooting During Middle School Football Game … 4 People Wounded in Saginaw, MI


You know we are in trouble when one cannot attend a Middle school football game without hearing gun shots, let alone being shot. Such was the case in Saginaw, Michigan where 4 people were shot at the South Middle School. During half time of the game gunfire erupted wounding two teens and two adults. There have been no arrests made; however, there is a person of interest.

The injured teenagers were not students at South Middle School, where the shootings took place about 5:15 p.m. The other victims were an adult male and an adult female, Vanderhaar said. He declined to provide more details

About 100 people were attending the game when the shooting erupted a short distance from the school’s football field, where the team was playing Central Middle School, Vanderhaar said.

Posted October 25, 2007 by
Child Welfare, Crime, Sports | one comment

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    One Response to “Shooting During Middle School Football Game … 4 People Wounded in Saginaw, MI”

    1. Patti on October 26th, 2007 1:35 am

      These have to be the hardest stories to comment on. For one reason, we all have an overwhelming fear of the unpredictability of a child with a gun. But it is a problem that we seem to have to face more and more often and I think one that needs to be addressed.

      First of all, I am not one that thinks that 16 year olds should be tried as adults. They don’t have the maturity to be able to think of the consequenses of their actions to the degree of an adult. They live only in the present.

      Secondly, I am a strong believer in gun conrol. Had this boy not had access to the gun in the first place, there would have been violence, but perhaps not deadly violence.

      I can’t help but feel that we are failing our children, as a society, when one feels the need to fight back with such deadly force. I don’t believe that the children of today are any different than the children before, but we as a society are.

      In many ways, we urge on violence in the shows that we watch, the sports that we support and the ways in which we settle our own battles. It is a fact that many of the children that have resorted to violence have been victims of violence themselves… within their own homes.

      We read all the time about child abuse, and those stories get plenty of comments as people reach out in love and sympathy for the child. But, when the child grows up to be 14, 15, 16 years old, we have no sympathy, at all for the abuse that has been raged against him, the older child…. therefore, the victim is forever victimized.


      My thoughts and prayers go out to the boy that is fighting for his life. May God heal your wounds and give you the courage to forgive and let the violence end here and now.

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