UPDATE, petition:We, the undersigned, believe that when there is irrefutable evidence that a child was murdered with forethought, the murderer should lose their right to live within our society and should be put to death.
Canadians strongly oppose the continued support of these individuals.
We want this to be called Tori's Law.http://www.charlesadler.com/2012/03/petition-for-toris-law.html
cross-posted from my public blog
On Sunday night I accidentally read about Tori Stafford's death. I came across an article in The Globe and Mail titled, Protecting Children from the Monsters Among Us. The first paragraph tells how Tori Stafford, an innocent 8 year old walking home from school, died at the hands of two terrible, monstrous people (if they could even be called people.) They also say she was sexually assaulted. . ..no, she was violently raped.
I could hardly believe anyone could do all that.
I cried a few times that evening. I could only sleep a few hours of broken sleep. I cried more the next day. This is why I generally avoid bad news, well, all news. I can't handle it.
But I'm glad I read it. I need to know how bad things can be.
Victoria Elle, my own Victoria, no longer is taking the bus to and from school. Although it was pretty safe with close supervision, on days with bus cancellations it is not very safe. They just let me walk in the school, along with dozens of other caregivers, to pick her up from the gym! No ID check -- nothing. Children available for the taking.
I don't expect the school to really check everyone's ID. We would've been there for hours! But still. It is up to me to make sure she is completely safe. The school is very good in general, no outsiders are allowed past the office, there are pylons and hopefully the office admin staff next to the windows looking out into the main hall would stop anyone just walking in.
I've always felt uneasy about the bus; I also miss out on seeing her teacher, and seeing how V behaves while in the fenced-in yard, etc.
It has now been three days since I found out about what happened to Tori and I am following the news avidly, reading every detail.
Another reason I think it's good that we know how grisly some of the crimes are is so when we have a chance to vote on issues related to it, such as harsher sentencing, we can do it in an informed manner. I personally would like sentencing to go back to darker times, when murderous deranged junkie losers would be thrown in all together and beat each other up, eventually killing each other.
Not that that would compare to what has been done to poor Tori.
I think most "criminals" are just regular people lacking resources, support -- many are mentally ill and simply need help. But then there are the monsters. Rehab is not only useless for them, but far too kind. Let them die miserably.
As I watch the current murder trial unfold, I have little hope that the killers will get what they deserve. That is the final tragedy in this horrible story.