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  1. Lawrence Linker

    “We know a lot of kids in West Boca including the area high schools and younger kids. It is our general experience that they are almost entirely unbiased when it comes to race, religion, LGBTQ issues, etc.”

    Unfortunately the author loses a lot of credibility right here. It may be his, and others, opinion that the West Boca kids are “almost entirely unbiased” but without more knowledge about his own cultural frame of reference, it’s impossible to give any real validity to the claim. Speaking from a standpoint of pure common sense, I think it is pretty rare for anyone, let alone teenagers from an incredibly homogenous environment, be “almost entirely unbiased.”

    Similarly, while the parties involved, the PBSO and this news outlet are all now pushing the story that this was over a boy, it’s impossible to know how much the girl’s race or religion played into this or on what level. While the father’s attempt to manipulate the optics of the incident may have been overzealous, the defensiveness in this article seems a bit overdone as well and even a bit condescending towards the intelligence of the reader.

    Regardless of the back story of the video, what we see is pretty clear. A savage beating being delivered, perpetrated by members of one race on another. People don’t like seeing this kind of thing and the reaction to it is unsurprising. This is an opportunity to have a thoughtful discussion about the conditions of race relations in your community, but your blanket dismissal of that conversation makes your claims of a community that is “almost entirely unbiased when it comes to race, religion, LGBTQ issues” seem pretty unlikely.

    • “it’s impossible to know how much the girl’s race or religion played into this or on what level”

      Of course it’s impossible to know. However we have an awful lot of sources telling us exactly what PBSO is saying, that this was over a boy. And more, that the alleged victim was actually bullying one or more of the girls on social media. Two sources tell us she was sending inappropriate pictures of one of the girls.

      Moreover we have no credible sources saying this was based on race or religion. The only source is the father, who demonstrated a complete lack of credibility.

      “A savage beating being delivered”

      This is a common theme from people commenting. The “victim” did not go to a hospital and apparently didn’t even see a doctor. The injuries, if any, were so minor that PBSO is charging it as simple battery rather than aggravated battery.

      It was a beating. It was wrong. The three-on-one was wrong. All of these details are so obvious they don’t need to be said, except in a world of snowflakes who need constant reassurance of things that are obvious to everyone else.

      “It may be his, and others, opinion that the West Boca kids are “almost entirely unbiased” but without more knowledge about his own cultural frame of reference, it’s impossible to give any real validity to the claim.”

      That’s a completely empty criticism. It’s also impossible to accept your dispute as to validity without knowing YOUR frame of reference.

      My frame of reference is that I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s when there were a lot more overt biases and they were considered far more acceptable. At the same time people still had a sense of humor. Nowadays it seems like the only people who can take a joke are the Irish, God bless ’em!

    • Ashley

      My brother and I went to West Boca high and still live in the area. Both of us are NOT biased about race, religion etc. It has nothing to do with the West Boca area, it’s based on how the kids are raised. But I guess the common sense that my brother and I have when we were growing up was “rare”

  2. Anonymous

    This Article is incorrect because I saw the news interview of the girls father and he said his daughter was in the hospital. This article says she wasn’t. Those girls that beat her do need to have criminal charges. This news is very biased and they are writing incorrect information. Even I could report more honest and correct information than this. The news keeps blaming the victims father for everything. Seems like the girls that bullied have paid off West Boca News. What a shameful and false article above. Totally incorrect information. I also saw the victims father interview saying the victim would get anti-Muslim texts so it is a hate crime. Those girls that beat the victim need to be in jail and expelled!!!

  3. Holly Sdoucos

    I agree with Lawrence, but I would add one more aspect that I found particularly disturbing. So many cell phones filming and too few hands helping to stop the violence….
    West Boca High has it’s work cut out for them and people are watching.

  4. Warren Redlich is a real estate agent. His overriding concern is to increase the value of real estate in West Boca. Justice is not something that concerns him. His entire blog should be read, if at all, with these facts in mind.

    • If my overriding concern was increasing local real estate values then I wouldn’t report on crime at all. Try again.

      Any interest I have in real estate values is driven more by the substantial investment in my own home than by my work as a real estate agent, which is a small part of my income.

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