Suffer the Little Children
Although this story is a few months old, it is so shocking and disturbing that I simply could not ignore it.
Gregory Johns was a 42-year-old man who spent time in prison no less than ten times in his life, for everything from armed robbery to aggravated assault. Despite his sorted history, Johns still managed to find a girlfriend and began living with her and her 11-year-old daughter.
Sometime later, the young girl started experiencing stomach pain, so Johns and her mother immediately took her to the hospital. A number of tests were conducted to determine what ailed her, but nothing could prepare her mother for the official diagnosis: her daughter was pregnant.
As mom struggled to make sense of this new development, Johns asked for the car keys to run a quick errand. He never returned.
It obviously doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out there might be some connection between a pregnant daughter and a disappearing boyfriend. But before the mother could connect the dots, Johns saved her the trouble: he called to apologize for impregnating her daughter.
As if this weren’t bad enough, Johns then went on a crime spree that included robbing a couple at knife-point and breaking into an elderly woman’s home to gag and tie her up for more than 12 hours. From her home, he again called his girlfriend and told her the police would have to kill him. He refused to go back to jail.
Johns got his wish after police found him holed up in a Florida hotel. At their request, he came out of the bathroom, but did so with a knife in his hand. Johns threatened police and eventually they had no choice but to shoot him dead.
I am constantly amazed at the things some people are capable of doing, especially where children are concerned. The news is filled with stories of abductions, murders, mutilations, rapes and a host of other crimes against our youth. And even those who survive these terrible atrocities face a lifetime of emotional, social and even physical issues. In fact, some of these “survivors” may eventually become the criminals of the future, which is a vicious cycle we as a society must fight to break.
Otherwise, all is lost. Our children are the future, people, and we simply must do everything in our power to make sure it’s a bright one. Lord knows there is already enough darkness in the world.