I just read the following story on a CBS news site.
Apparently, someone driving a white van was driving down a street at a high speed and threw a pumpkin at this woman as they passed her by. I suppose they might have thought this was pretty funny. But, unfortunately, it caused the woman some very serious injuries. I think that an average sized pumpkin hurled out of a speeding van at a pedestrian would likely cause them some very serious injuries.
It may not be obvious to the driver of the van. But, the police are saying that if they catch these people, they will be charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon. A very serious felony.
The woman is recovering. But, this was no joke.
I am ashamed to admit it but when I was around 18, I had a friend and we got into a destructive mood from time to time and we would take a big bag of garbage and race down a residential street and hurl it at parked cars as we passed them by. We had one incredibly assholic French teacher and we took great pleasure in doing this to his car which was a very rare European model and would have cost him a small fortune to fix the front windshield which was completely destroyed when we did that to him.
Most of the kids in the school really hated that asshole and I look back upon that incident without much remorse. However, I am just very, very thankful we were never stupid enough to try and harm any people or animals.
The follies of youth. We never imagined about the pain and suffering that some of our "pranks" would have caused to others. But now, as an adult, I am just very ashamed of my behavior back then.
The point I want to make is that as an 18 year old, I never for a second imagined just how wrong it was to do this and if I had every caused any harm to a person, I would feel truly devestated. But, the point is that I guess that young people just don't seem to care idea that their foolishness will cause such terrible pain and suffering to others.
Furthermore, it's almost as if this pain and suffering is just something they see on TV. It doesn't seem to translate into what it would feel like if it happened to them and how they should deal with this.
Son of a Bitch. I'm sorry.