This Blog is comprised of the works of youth ranging in age from 17-22 who are serving 3-15 year sentences at Pollsmoor Prison located just outside of Cape Town, South Africa.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Crime Through My Eyes

I asked my youth to write about a crime they had committed through the eyes of the victim. This entry I saw as both tragic and hopeful concerning the youth within their neighborhoods. The man shot in this entry is the neighbor of Shannon "Smokey" Scotts.

Written By: Shannon "Smokey" Scotts

"Why don't this boy find something better to do? Everyday he's sitting and smoking weed and fooling around with people. Like this day he was trying to fool me around. I mean, I lost my daughter just a few months ago, so it was just me and my dog, which I trained. I loved him cause it was all I had left. Anyways, this boy like picked a fight with me and while I was trying to convince him that it was a misunderstanding, he shot my dog! I got so pissed at the boy that I told him to shoot me! I felt that nothing is going to help bring my dog back to life, so why do I have to worry about this boy? I mean I told him that he should shoot me, but was that what I really wanted? I don't think so, but he shot me. I thought that I was going to die.

As time passed I heard that the boy was caught and was sent to a prison. After a year I caught up with him and I visited him, and I asked him what he earned for the crime he committed. The boy told me that he was sorry, but I forgave him ages ago before I even visited him.

Today I have the Lord in my life and I hope that Shannon would open his eyes, and I hope that he doesn't get hurt where he is. Everyday I pray for this young boy to change his life, and I hope that when he comes out that he would live a better life, and that he would live up to his dreams! Cheers, Sean"

5 Comments:

Blogger Ruth said...

I was floored to see that this young man identified with such candor how others must view him (smoking weed, fooling around with people)--no attmepts to hide or mask there. What refreshing and brutal honesty.

The thing that impacted me the most about his writing, though, is that he understood what it meant for his victim to have the Lord in his life and how that meant Sean displayed forgiveness and hope for him. That Shannon can logically comprehend the weight of those concepts, perhaps without even embracing them himself, really intrigues me. I'm fascinated by these words and by the sliver of this young man I got a glimpse of just now.

11:45 PM

 
Blogger Kelsey said...

Wow that is really interesting. This made me think about the times that i have wronged someone, it's hard to think about the event from the other persons eyes. We spend so much time looking at how things effect ourselves. Very cool post.
~Kelsey (friend of Ruth)

8:01 PM

 
Anonymous marcus said...

i was astonished as i read "crime through my eyes" for it was written in the eyes of the victim. Forgiveness might be just too difficult to happen but it may not be so as seen and felt in the heart and mind of a compassionate God.

11:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smokey, I too hope you realize your dreams. Thank you for sharing.

-Sarah

4:09 PM

 
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