One Deerfield Parent’s Reactions to the Home Invasion
The emotions I have felt since hearing that two Deerfield teens were arrested for a Highland Park home invasion have ranged from fear and shock to anger and sadness.
A flood of emotions has overcome me in the last few days surrounding the arrest of two Deerfield teens for a Highland Park burglary. Operating under the assumption that the police arrested the right suspects, I also have a lot of questions; too many questions that I clearly do not and likely will not ever have the answers to.
FEAR. When I first read about the burglary, then the gun, then the apprehension of suspects, I was scared. Scared for what had occurred. The intruders who were allegedly trying to escape genuinely upset at the entire situation.
SHOCK. Then, finding out that the two Deerfield teens were arrested for the burglary and that police said they entered a Highland Park home with a stolen gun, I was in complete shock. The questions bounced around in my head: Why did this happen? Why would they do this? Where did they get a gun? What led to this?
ANGER. My questions led me to start thinking through the situation even further which made me angry. What if the police had not found the gun and a child playing in the park had found it? What if instead of dropping the gun in the park the accused were carrying it with them while they ran and saw a resident jogging in the park? What would have happened then? What kind of situation could have allegedly caused these teens to make such bad decisions?
SADNESS. As I thought through those scenarios, I became sad. Sad for the victims, the neighborhood and our community. Sad that we are in a situation such as this, even though we are so fortunate that no one was physically hurt.
I became sad for the families and friends of the teens accused of this crime. I cannot imagine what they have been going through the last few days and what they have in store for them over the next few months. I do not know these families but I know the road ahead of them will not be an easy one.
Finally, I am sad for the accused teens. They are being tried as adults, but they are still kids. Kids make bad choices — we all have at one time or another. Not to the extreme being outlined in this case, but bad choices nonetheless. I am sad that these boys may have thought this was an answer to whatever issue was occurring.
LINGERING QUESTIONS. For now, there remain too many questions unanswered. And a few questions I am certain many families want to know. Will these boys be allowed back at Deerfield High School when school resumes in a few weeks? Will we find out where the gun came from and what these teens were allegedly hoping to accomplish by this act?
Time will tell.