MrSpkr's random thoughts . . .
Friday, February 16, 2007
I love stories like this . . .
Fourteen year old Mason Sevier has Down's Syndrome, just like my Katie. He loves basketball, just like my Katie. He plays basketball for his school team, too . . .
Mason Sevier sank the basketball neatly into the net Thursday, making the first basket of the game for the Cain Middle School Mustangs.
Watching from the front row, his father's face flushed, and his eyes watered.
"Everybody in there stood up and clapped and called his name," Cliff Sevier said.
It was a moment he and his wife, Teresa, didn't think they'd see.
"He's got Down syndrome," explained Mr. Sevier, a Rockwall City Council member.
When Mason was born, doctors suggested putting him in an institution.
Instead, his parents decided to raise him at home and send him to Rockwall schools, where he has been mainstreamed since kindergarten. His team's opponents were students he had known all through elementary school. Last year, he headed to Cain while his classmates moved on to Williams Middle School.
Go read the whole thing, and make sure you watch the video, too. This is what school athletics is supposed to be all about.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I wonder if he was Muslim . . .
and if that was the reason for his actions.
The Salt Lake City killer was an 18 year old refugee from Bosnia, a predominately Muslim land. His name was Sulejman Talovic.
Time will tell. To this point, there is no indication that his religion played any role in the killings. Certainly, there is no indication that he was shouting religious slogans, or that he was dressed in any type of religious garb.
Still, one wonders. It will be interesting to see whether he left behind any clue as to his motivation.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
After about four hours of deliberation, jurors found Robert Drew Stephenson guilty of aggravated kidnappping, aggravated assault and retaliation this morning.
The sentencing phase began this afternoon. Here's hoping for a life sentence.
The jury took 30 minutes to recommend a life sentence.
Justice has been done.