“DeKalb County School Police arrested Mustapha Dukereh, 21, after they say security officers found a gun inside his car at Elizabeth Andrews High School in Stone Mountain,” wsbtv.com reports. “School sources say Mustapha playfully pointed the gun at a student on Monday.” Playfully? What game might that be? Anyway, the Georgia report focuses on Mustapha’s father’s reaction to the his son’s arrest and incarceration. “‘How he get that gun?’ Mustapha’s dad repeatedly asked. He plans to pound home the point to his son when he sees him that guns are trouble. ‘That’s not our culture. Our culture is respect another brother. Love yourself.'” Quick question . . .
What’s Mustapha’s home life like? I mean, if we’re going there, why not provide a snapshot of the lad’s environment and background? Does he come from a single parent family? Is his father and/or mother employed? Does Mustapha have a history of criminal behavior?
Providing a platform for Mr. Dukereh to tell the world that he’s [not entirely credibly] bewildered and pissed off and into that whole “tough love” thing doesn’t strike me as particularly enlightening, educational or even interesting.
Classmate Omar Tune’s comment – “People have such easy access to weapons that it’s like anyone get a gun in a matter of 10 minutes if you know the right people” – reveals the Peach State media outlet’s real reason for hitting-up Mr. Dukereh: guns!
My main point: while there are plenty of good parents with bad kids, there are more bad parents with bad kids. I don’t know if that applies to Mr. Dukereh and Mustapha’s Mom, but I wouldn’t bet against it.