From the Stella Foster column:
IT IS SO SAD THAT Margaret Matthews, a 68-year-old widow living alone in her South Side home, got so fed up with some little thugs in her neighborhood victimizing her that she pulled a gun, chased and shot a 12-year-old boy in the arm on Tuesday after she was hit in the thigh with a brick. The boy survived and has been charged with assault. She fortunately was not charged because she acted in self-defense.From the Mary Mitchell column:
A 12-year-old hurling a brick can be just as lethal as one thrown by a grownup. A 12-year-old with a gun can kill just like an adult. And it is time for parents and their rowdy offspring to be held more accountable for their actions.
Yeah, I said it!
Fed-up woman realized cavalry wasn't coming
When people get fed up, they stop waiting for help to come. On Tuesday, one South Side senior had had enough. When two boys who allegedly broke her windows were brazen enough to come back and curse her out, Margaret Matthews shot one of them in the arm.
According to the woman's neighbor, Hilda Brunt, the boys, ages 12 and 13, had been tormenting the senior for a while.
And from the front page article (which strangely is very hard to find on the web site):
Support for senior woman who shot boy, 12
Margaret Matthews gave a simple reason why she shot a 12-year-old boy who threw rocks at her on her South Shore porch Tuesday: "I done had enough."
These kids are out of control --we all done had enough," Johnson [friend of Margaret Matthews] said Wednesday as neighbors overwhelmingly rallied in Matthews' support, dubbing her a "hero."
But Matthews, who has lived at the coach house in the 7600 block of South Cole for 30 years, won't be charged because she acted in self-defense, police say.
I think if Daley and the CPD had their druthers they would have preferred to press charges on Margaret Matthews, but the outcry on the elderly gentleman who protected himself against an invader earlier this year (shooting and killing the criminal) has put them back on their heels for now.
And the comments on the Sun-Times articles are awesome - the only people protesting Matthews' actions claim "it's never right to shoot a boy." Trolls and misguided idiots.
Oh, one other thing: I live in the same neighborhood as this woman, 5 blocks north of her. And almost everyone in this neighborhood is packing, legally or not.
One last thing: Mrs. Matthews lives in a section dubbed "Terror Town" which has the Chicago Police blue lights and no patrols.
No wonder Daley is getting out. Well, that and he probably can't hide Chicago's massive budget shortfall any longer.
Up the Republic!