Towson U. assault: A breakdown in values

November 06, 2013

The recent assault on a Towson University student by three men hit me especially hard ("Towson University student stabbed near campus Sunday night," Nov. 4).

As a native of Baltimore, I become very upset every time there is a murder or attempted murder in the area. Call me a dreamer, but I still have a vision of our communities being devoid of these pathetic occurrences.

I walked that same street 35 years ago; I know those sidewalks intimately, having followed them hundreds of times in pursuit of my degree.

Here is where I become particularly chafed: There is a Towson University student clinging to life in a local hospital on his way to campus. He was savagely stabbed, and for what reason? For his smart phone? Are you kidding me?

There is a total dichotomy of values here. On the one hand, there is a young man who was simply on his way to campus in order to obtain a degree, to better his life. On the other hand, there are three young men who assaulted him in a particularly callous and cowardly way. They are nothing more than street thugs whose only agenda is to steal people's personal belongings and possibly inflict lethal harm.

I am sickened by this incident. If those who attacked that student had adhered to a similar value system as their victim this incident never would have occurred.

Sadly, until we all adhere to the same values, mores and social norms, these horrid incidents will still define who we are and how far we've yet to collectively grow and flourish as human beings.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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