I love the City. At some point, I am going to live in San Francisco. When my kids are grown and gone...someday. Anyway, we were up there this weekend, and in the Bay Area right now, all the talk is on the tiger, Tatiana, who killed that teenager. The general consensus is that this boy deserved to die, but the tiger didn't.
I'm a practical girl. Tigers out of their cages need to be killed, and this one (we go to the zoo about once a month) she looked mean, so personally, I don't want her out and about. But whatever. Let's say these boys did taunt her. I've seen them. They looked like troublemakers, there is no question. It's odd that three young men would be at the zoo at closing time on Christmas Day, isn't it? That sounds like mischief in the making.
Either way, I don't think the boy deserved to die for his stupidity-- if he and his friends were taunting the tiger. My son's environmental teacher told him otherwise. Which didn't surprise me, but last night at church, I heard the Christians saying the same thing!
Gosh, don't we all deserve to die for our sins? What is it about this one that gets people so deeply and where is our compassion for parents -- who perhaps weren't the most responsible -- but still, they lost their son. Isn't that heartbreaking? I'm sorry, but a tiger can be replaced. Their son can't. People love to watch vindication, don't they? It's our nature, but as the mother of three sons...boys do stupid things. I've done stupid things. I've gotten a pass so far, and it just saddens me that this kid didn't, I guess.