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September 28th, 2009
09:51 PM ET

Teen Violence

It was a hard story to watch, especially when you hear from the grandfather of Derrion Albert.  The 16-year-old honor student was described as an "innocent bystander" when an off-campus fight broke out between two groups from his Chicago high school.  Albert was killed in the fight.

I wanted to use this post to give you a place to talk about this story and the issue of teen violence.  And if you're willing to share your thoughts on why it happens - and what can be done to stop it - we welcome your comments.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Caleb

    wow, that's so sad to hear. i feel extremely bad for the family of him. our prayers go out to them.

    September 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  2. ben

    Teen violence is a horrible thing. Teens probably fight to show the other that he/she is the tough one.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:44 am |
  3. Brittany

    i dont thik it was right for these people yo kill this poor teen at this time. he sounds like he was a straight A student.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  4. Jake

    Why was the street fight started in the first place?

    September 29, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  5. abdallah

    I think that only wat to stop teen violence espeseily between high schools is for the rivil high schools come to gether and be freinds

    September 29, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  6. Zach

    I think teen violence is extreamly dangerous and is happening across the country.The one way i would try to stop it is to have a police car drive around the schools once or twice a day to see and make sure nothing is happening

    September 29, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  7. Christine

    I think the kids who were in the fight shouldn't have even been fighting eachother. Now that they were fighting with eachother they killed somebody else who wasn't even in the fight.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  8. Vikki

    I think that the kids did this to the poor kid because he maybe had a friend who got in a fight. And they just wanted to get revenge, so they decided to really injure the kids best friend. Or maybe they just did this because he was walking there at the time and the kids just wanted to hurt some one. I think that people can start carrying more phones and maybe start getting life alert. It couldn't hurt to have to wear a necklace that could save your life.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  9. Matt

    I think teen violence happens because it starts with bad homes with physicaly or emotionally abused teens letting out their frustration in a horrific mannor. It can also start from bad neighborhoods, unbareable stress, or pear pressure.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  10. Sivana

    i think its really mean that out of no where they would harm someone soo innocent..it a shame it really is ..i cant believe people would just comeout and do thatt.. she should seee how that feels

    September 29, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  11. computer

    i think its sad that he would get beat to death when nothing happened between the groups and Derrion Albert. This kid did not do anything and yet he gets killed. Thats very upseting.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  12. Ashley

    i think that it was very wrong for a innocent kid who did nothing to be killed...i think that there is a big problem with teen violence and that we should do something to help solve this issue! And i think that the kids that can be identified that was a part of this street fight should be put in jail then be put on probation and then have to do so many hours of community service. What they did was wrong and the should have to deal with the consiquences becuase we that derrion albert did.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  13. Kathryn

    I think that it was just one of those times when your in the wrong place at the wrong time or maybe it was gang fitting. I think that people should stop fighting and maybe be watched more closely, because if 16 yr olds are fighting bad enough to kill each other then obviously they were not raised right. I think that when kids get into fights at school they should take it more seriously and find out what is really going on....like seeing whats going on at home or fight out why they are so angry and wanting to fight.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  14. Anonymous

    I don't thing that it was right. That was really low i don't think gangs should be around without gang violence the world would definitely be a better place. If everybody would just get along The World Would Be A Better Place.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  15. Andrew

    I felt a wave of sadness while watching this news report. I honestly think there is no way of completely stopping teen violence. All we can do is think of things to do to reduce these type of fights. I just hope that the kids learned their lesson on fighting, considering they killed an innocent boy who did nothing but succeed in his academics, and then all of a sudden one day it was all over for him... things like this make me irritated, especially when the child did nothing wrong.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  16. slap

    have security there to make sure that fights dont break out and if they do the security can stop them. fights usually start cause of people runnin their mouth and being ignorrant.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  17. David

    I Think that everyone should get along and should not fight,But teen violence cant be solved everywhere even though it happens as we speak.
    It would be secure to make sure that teen's are watched out for and are not involved in violence, people should take percutions and start worrying for their children even though the Teenagers might feel embarassed by it.
    Teen Violence is a copy of Being Bullied and Abused by other Teens,
    i think Countys should go to the High-schools and talk to teh teens abotu it and shoudl take lessons about it thats my resolution!
    David

    September 29, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  18. Jeffree

    This is outrageous. I pity that humans can be so... inhuman. It's sad that anyone would do this. What is even the purpose of forming these "gangs"? It seems like they do it for their own amusement, and that is just plain sick.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  19. Michael

    I don’t like gangs and anything they do. I think the communities should be responsible for controlling them so that things like this wouldn’t happen. Those kids should be put in jail for a long time and be fined. These kind of things make me sick.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  20. E.O

    Fighting is not always bad. One guy has a problem with another or a situation calls for self defense a fair fight can help things. But this was far from anything fair. This was a gang fight, war, whatever you want to call it. Makes me think of two countries bombing each other and killing each other. Now that is violence.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  21. Torie.

    i mean, think about what was going through the kids minds that were beating this guy to death. people arnt just born with natural hate and violence, they are raised in it, they grow up with it. that's all they know. i do feel bad for the boy tht lost his life, but i also pitty the poor kids that are raised to be such unintentionally hateful people

    September 29, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  22. Bree

    He shouldn’t have been killed all because he didn’t want to be in their gang. Because who was he hurting when he said no he didn’t want to be in their group. The boy really shouldn’t of even of been messed with because all he was doing was waiting on his grandfather to pick him up.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  23. Nick

    I think that this is a very sad and unfortunate event. This type of thing should never happen! Parents or kid's guardians can help prevent this kind of behavior by giving them support and encouraging them to do what is best. I don't see how this wasn't noticed by any adults when it was occurring, if these fights are on the rise, why would they not zone police officers to that area?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  24. .

    it was very cruel and cold-hearted that someone would do that to someone. i hope everyone who was involved with his murder never gets out of jail. That was so messed up. I don't see how someone could ever do that. Unfortunetly, that is extremely common and honestly i don't think there is a way to stop it. Some people will always act like that and don't take second thoughts on what people say or do.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  25. Sarah

    Many teens are getting involved into the whole gang thing. They don’t know what they are getting their selves into until after they get in a fight like this one and either kills someone or they get hurt and are sitting in jail, hospital. If a parent cannot control their kid and they end up killing someone else’s kid then I think that they should have some type of punishment also. It is not okay to go around and do these types of things and i guess one day they will just have to learn the hard way. Although really that is the only way that they are going to learn. Law enforcement needs to step up and try to get all these "gangs" off the street and put them behind bars or somewhere else other than the streets where they are hurting others. Let them see what it is like when they are beating up on other kids and they cannot do anything about it.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  26. Brandon

    That whole thing was just pure cruelty and as the story my teacher says it was over the victim not being in the game. I’m a teen which most people who post blogs are, I think we just keep learning violence from TV criminals and other bad influences which caused the death of the honor student.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  27. Leo

    Teen violence is escalating, a lot of parents blame it on video games but violent video games just give me a chance to do things that I can't do in real life. Innocent people are going to get hurt just like one got hurt, no killed here. More and more teens are forming gangs, what is the point in that; no one gains anything from a gang war or a fight. It's just stupid.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  28. Kara

    I think that this is a terrible thing that happened to the teenager. I think that this probably couldn’t be avoided that he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. I don’t understand why he was killed he wasn’t even in the groups that were fighting he just happen to be walking by. Many people unfortunately die this way and we need to find a way to stop this violence and killing.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  29. avery

    that was intense. i really never think about gang violence, because where i live nobody fights. it's all rumors and lies here, but never is there a punch thrown. i feel for the family of Derrion. this was a terrible mishap and i wish things like this didn't happen, but they do. he did the right thing by saying 'no', but who knew they would hurt him just as bad for choosing to stay out of it? that's just not humane.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  30. Alec

    I think it was very sad that an innocent kid like Derrion had to die in that fight like that. It was also sad and very wrong that those kids were fighting, but what surprises me most is that the teens had no reason at all to be fighting.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  31. Cam

    I think that this is a horrible thing.That one innocent kid should not have been killed.He didn't deserve that for such a good kid he was.The people that were fighting should be charged money and have to go to jail.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  32. PLUS class 1

    One student says it sucks. It happens a lot and mostly because of gang affiliation. Another student thinks that teens are angry. One student thinks that some groups of people are better then others.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  33. JOEY

    I feel very sorry for the kids why did a kid get siverly beat up for nothing he was just minding his own buisness i mean really.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  34. cody

    that is really sad that the kid died.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  35. jerry

    that is totally wrong and upsetting. Why would someone even think of doing that. I also want to say That I feel sorry for the grand parents of the teen!!:)

    September 29, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  36. Meghan

    i think that it wasn't fair when that boy got beat up for no reason at all!!>.<! but that was no shock because who knows what will happen in the real world. Thing in life isn't fair but the thing i dont get is that why didn't he yell help because there had to be people aroud that area. ^.^

    September 29, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  37. sasha

    poor kid, i can't imagine dying at all. He never deserved it. im geussing hes walking, minding his own busniess and then suddenly gets beat to death. i feel upset, even from states away.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  38. George

    Poor boy,he died at such a young age.I cant imagine dieing at 16.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  39. Abel

    I think they should be making sure fights like this dont happen and have people on survalince. This way nobody will be hurt or have there lives lost.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  40. james

    Isnt it terrible how that teen died. He wasnt meant to die and he was innocent. I feel bad for that teens family. Especially the people in the Phillipenes

    September 29, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  41. rose

    i think thats HORRIBLE

    September 29, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  42. kris

    i think it is sad and horrible that this student died, and i wish they would stop because it is upsetting for the family.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  43. Joseph

    I think it was very hard on the parents and grandparents that he died during a street fight. I also think street fights are stupid to do if you die.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  44. ryan

    teen violence happens because somtimes poeple go cra zy it can be stopped by poeple watching them.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  45. BlAkE

    I agree that it was hard to watch and Derrions grandfather is debistated by this.Derrion was innocent and this should not of happened.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  46. Frances

    WOW! kids shouldnt be fighting like this. and this kid was just an inncocent child stepping in. i cant believe how his family feels! and he was a good student and honors in everyhting.. but that doesnt matter, it matters that he was alive. and now hes dead. and thats just horrible. i can actually connect to this. my very close friends, their son, 2 years old. was forgotten in a casr by their neighbor who was driving him to daycare. he was left alone n the conditions of about 106 degrees inside the car. and when he was found un responsive. it was too late. and i knew him and saw him. and wow. but nevermindd that. im so sorry about the boy and his family

    September 29, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  47. Brooklyn

    It was wrong for the them to kill albert he was inocent he did nothing wrong to anything or anyone.I would be very angrey and upset if that was my friend now his family and friends are probaly all angrey and upset.It is the worst to kill someone that is innocent.Albert was very inocent and they had no right to fight and end up killing him.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  48. Will

    a boy was killed in the fight

    September 29, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  49. Jessica : )

    I think the whole thing was stupid! No one needs to fight for no reason.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  50. matt

    The kid that was killed wasn't doing anything. I feel very sorry for him too. 

    September 29, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  51. kk:)

    people shouldent kill eachother it is so sad he dided in a fight

    September 29, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  52. Anonymous

    I don’t think that he should have been wondering,but he should not have been beat up.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  53. Emily

    I think that Albert shouldn't have been watching the fight.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  54. Anonymous

    I can`t believe what happened to the kid. A gang fight killed him

    September 29, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  55. colin

    one of the reasons that fights happen is because a guys did something to his girlfriend and he did not like it or one of the guys or the group in this case is talking trash to the other group or person and that is how they usally happen and they do i at school to make them think that they are cool and get poppular cause they beat someone up

    September 29, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  56. Andrew

    It always makes me sad when i hear about these things. Now every time i go to these bigger cities like Chicago i am always afraid that i'll somehow get mixed up in one of these fights.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  57. Greg

    Violence is violence. There is no magic bullet that will stop all violence in the world and there is no magic bullet to stop teen violence. People will always use violence against each other and it seems naïve to think that there is any surefire way to stop it.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  58. bc

    I think more teenagers should stand up and tell more teachers, and or parents about what is happening around them, if kids are becoming more violent or if they know anything.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  59. Tiburcio

    This is quite ridiculous like the grandfather said, where does all this anger come from? It’s unbelievable that kids are acting this way, not just kids but anyone at all, and it is a real tragedy that an honorable and respected innocent student had to die because of it.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  60. Auston

    Violance ant goin no were so just forget about it if you thinking about stopping it ..them kids in chicago was probly just defending there zone or somerthing the boy that got killed was just in the rong place at the rong time but that lets you know that anybody can get it..

    September 29, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  61. Teat

    well if you ask me i think the kids that beat that boy up they need to be hung!!!

    September 29, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  62. Rafiki

    I'm not for teen violence at alla and as much as people would like to stop it, it's not gonna happen. People fight when they get angry or have different views on something. not every one is going to agree, so there is no stopping it. Also to take all of the anger out of the world has as good of chance as noone laughing at Carl's puns. it's just not gonna happen.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  63. Alex

    These incidents of teen violence that are growing across the U.S. are really concerning me. It is horrible that all these kids are already in gangs. I am not sure of a clear way to stop teen violence, but one theory I have is attempting to rid all areas of gangs. I know it would be very difficult to do, but it would stop all these outbreaks and murders. I give all my sympathy to Albert's family.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  64. Janai

    Ok coming from a former student in the chicago-land area violent is getting out of hand. People fight over crazy things and somtimes it calms a students life. It brings shame upon me at times to say that im from Chicago just because of the violent that can be heard around the world. it's really crazy and is uncalled for there is really no reason to be fighting and killing over the things you here about.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  65. Katie

    I don’t really understand what happened to Derrion Albert, but I know that he was killed by a gang for no reason at all. It makes me sick inside to know a good student who refuses a gang offer can lose their life. I think someone needs to stop this teen violence. I have never seen or experienced anything as sickening as that.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  66. Greg

    People fight its human nature to fight. Not all people arre perfect, but we manage to prevent it.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  67. Austin

    I deffinently think that the violence should be stoped. Life isnt made for you to be put in fear that you cant even walk down the street without being attacked. Something should be done to make those gangs or groups of people stop doing these types of things. I think they should make the concequences bigger.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  68. Jacob

    There is no reason that this should have happened. What happened to Derrion shouldnt have happened. This happened out of hate. These boys had no reason to do this. All i can think about is that these kids probably were not raised in a loving home. They probably had problems with a family life. It is the only explanation for all the hate inside them that it took to do this. The violence needs to stop. There is no excuse for it. NONE at all.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  69. Tripp

    I think that teenage violence is a big problem, and not just necessarily in America’s cities. Teenage violence is motivated by many things, bullying, ignorance, and spread of gossip. I think that if both parties were able to have an option other than fighting, that they ought to take it. For example, if the option presented itself, I think the opposing parties ought to stop and talk about why they are pitted against each other.

    September 29, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  70. Surada

    I think it’s really sad that what happen about him. He just walking by and he didn’t know anything; he didn’t know who they are. I think for those kids that did the bad stuff should go to jail or to special place, so they can keep them in their eyes, and all of this would be better than this.

    September 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  71. JOSH!!!!!!

    Teen violence is going to get worse as the years progress if there is nothing done about it. At my high school we have a program that eliminates violence and bullying to other students, and if we do get into a fight or harass another student our punishment is very strict.

    September 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  72. Big Foot

    I think all the people from the fight should go to jail. I feel bad for the family. The people that killed the kid should be in jail for the rest of his life.

    September 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  73. Brandon

    i thke that thay shod not do that at all

    September 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  74. Freda

    I think kids hurt people because it makes them feel more powerful. Maybe they have a bad home to go to, and maybe they get beat up. It might make their self-esteem rise, like “Oh, I’m not the one getting beat up. I like it when I’m not the one who is.” It might also be because they get mob mentality. It’s a very weird thing where kids just snap.

    September 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  75. molly

    i dont understand why people fight there is no point in it there really no piont i feel bad for the person that got killed beausce we was just walking down the steert then they had t drang him in to it i honestly there is no reason to fugth really no point! (:

    September 29, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  76. tiffany

    thoes kids were stupid i cant beleave that they did that and im so so so so sorry for that kid and his parents.

    September 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  77. Duck

    Teen violence is occurring more and more often, even though some or most people not notice. We can never know for sure why they fight though. There just isn’t enough time in life to fight. For Derrion, he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, and was very unfortunate.

    September 29, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  78. Kellie

    that sucks, those people are bad,

    September 29, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  79. Jenna

    I think its just terrible when things like this happen, its just not right for someone so young with a future ahead of them to die for no reason by the hand of someone their own age. Its just aweful and my heart goes out to the family of Derrion Albert in this sad time.

    September 29, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  80. Ciara

    I think that maybe if we give these kind of people a little more attention then maybe they won't build up so much anger and be so violent.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  81. zachary

    i think that that was unnessesary to stat a fight over anger and kill an innisent houners student because of anger again.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  82. dylan

    what could stop the violence is somebody should stand up to them and show no violence some people should be punished for it did you see the results sombody was killed!we should put a stpo to it now! not later now! We should put cops at every high school in the state one cop at every scool to make sure stuff like fighting and drinking plus drugs and that is what i think.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  83. Jasmine

    i think the violence is absolutely unacceptable... gosh... people are so crazy these days. they are taking all their anger out on innocent little people... like that honor student... he didnt do anything wrong.. but he was the one to go.... that is so unfair!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  84. Raquel

    I think parents are responsible for their childrens behavior!!!!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  85. Rachel

    Violence is a big part of the world today. Most people fight because of gangs or skin color. I think fighting because of these things are acts of people that are uneducated.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  86. Becca

    I guess some teens these days need to show there dominance, so they fight and hurt people to prove they are bad.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  87. Mekerria

    I think teen violence is a sad thing to see even when innocent people get hurt.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  88. Amber

    i think teen violence is wrong because people just kill for fun and just do it because there in a gang related situation or either just to do it. but if i was in a gang i wouldnt kill for nothing because its just making people loose there life for nothing.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  89. thomas

    i think this problem should be takein care of not just the police but also the community

    September 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  90. Michelle

    there is a difference between an innocent bystander and a bystander. "teen" violence may be the effect but maybe the cause is "grown up" apathy. if the ADULTS would step in BEFORE it came to violence then there wouldnt be any teen violence. a teen caught in the middle of a fight is an innocent bystander but an ADULT who had the chance to stop the violence before hand and did NOTHING is a bystander and in my opinion is in a way, more at fault than the teens participating in the act of violence. maybe if the grown ups of the world would GROW UP and open there eyes... teens who die because of "teen violence" could get the chance to grow up themselves.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  91. Ronika

    Teen Violence is bad for the community .Gangs are the main reason that many teens are getting killed.There are a difference in inocent and a bystander .Gangs are killing incocent people.The communty needs to cease gangs .I hope that it works.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  92. davante

    i think all this group and gang what ever need to stop because it is hurting the community

    September 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  93. Bryanna

    As a nation we have tried to cover up teen violence like it was a little cut that just needed a band-aid and a kiss. But now we can not just cover the issue up with a band-aid and say everything is going to be okay, because it is not. If we just let stuff like this happens it is just going to get worst and worst. When innocent people get hurt because of ingnorance we can not just cover it up. It makes no sense that a 16-year boy does not get to go to college or make it pass the age of 16 because a group of ingnorant teens decided to beat him to death. As a nation we should better. To Derrion's grandfather I would just like say "just know that your grandson is in a better place, and I'm sorry for you loss."

    September 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  94. kesa

    I think that it is very sad that albert had to die like that,but whole youth fighting youth is just crazy because they dont know what they are doing!!!

    September 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  95. Feugo

    I think teen violenceis a serious matter and its getting worse daily. Its sad that we as peers can't get along.What happened to that boy was rediculous and i'm ashamed to say that i am teen because i'll be catagorized as being violent.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  96. Kumar

    This is a very tragic story and I think teen violence should not exist. Teen violence ends thousands of lives each year and is completely unnecessary. It endangers innocent bystanders like in the case of Derrion Albert. Gang prevention needs to be put in place as many kida re pressured into violence through such institutions.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  97. Chase

    This is an innocent kid that got hurt. This kid had done nothing to provoke violence or anything of that sort. Many people probably don't care that this happened. They might think that something like that wouldn't happen but here is proof that it can.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  98. Max

    I think that the teen violence that every teen experiences happens because of certain people's situations at home, but what makes it worse is when they compare themselves to other people. The only thing that could really make a difference is if the punishment for violence was so great that no one would even pretend to show any violence to anyone.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  99. alex

    I think that many of the violence in today’s community come from the violence in television shows and video games. Anyone can watch these programs but not everybody should. As it says before a show like that comes on, parental discretion is advised and should be taken seriously.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  100. Zack

    first off i think that this is horrible that this happened, but if he saw all of those people there why didn't he just wait or stay inside somewhere? Also, i think that this is just another example of gangs in schools which is all over the country, but this case just happened to be about a kid who was innocently killed in it.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  101. Alayna

    What happened to the boy was not right at al. the boy had a lot of potential and just because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time he won’t get to fulfill his potential the way he would have been able to do. Teen violence is not right at all. Teens shouldn’t have that much hatred built up inside to hurt someone like they do. I don’t understand teen violence but it has to stop.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  102. Haley

    The gang should go to jail for what they did why they would beat up a human being he was hurting nothing he was just minding his own business I feel so sorry for his family they should say sorry to the family of what they did for that 16 year old.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  103. Hayden

    Seeing this report saddened me. Someone that had nothing to do with the fight ended up getting killed from it, for teen violence or any violence at all don't bring someone else in there that doesn't want to fight. There was absolutely no reason that that fight should've happened in the first place.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  104. Lana

    I think that a lot of time bad things happen to the people who deserve it the least. You never really know why it does happen, but you just have to accept the fact that sometimes things that we wish wouldn’t happen do. This story is very sad. It is especially sad because he seemed like someone who wanted to do something with his life, and because of other peoples’ stupid mistakes he’ll never be able to do that.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  105. James

    I think that what happened was horrible and unforgivable. Youth violence is very significant and must be stopped. It is a sign of that those same children will grow up later to become criminals. We need to do much more avocation in school and communities to prevent it and we need to give harder punishments to youth who commit these crimes. If they don’t choose to stop it, the parents don’t choose to stop it, and the community does not choose to stop it then who will?

    September 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  106. Maria

    I think that it is a tragedy that Albert died when he had nothing to do with either group. Maybe people can try and help teens who do this type of stuff, and if we help them maybe they won't do it. Sometimes we can't stop what people do but we can try and help them make better decisions.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  107. Jhana

    i dislike how they killed dat boy.They he took his life He can not even have fun anymore.I feel that who ever beated him up

    September 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  108. Aislinn

    What happened to Albert was terrible! It’s really sad to find out that happened to someone who wasn't even part of the fight was killed. There is a ton of teen violence in the world. I think it starts in the home and that’s what influences these kids to fight. Maybe there should be more places were these kids can go to after school, a place that will help bring them up to be better people. I know there is no way to help everyone, but at least more will be helped.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  109. mason

    My brother was in a fight and got his jaw broken. The fight was for no reason, it could have been avoided if the other guy would have just stopped and thought about it. My brother was the one that said I’m not going to fight but the other guy cheap shot him. Teen violence is getting out of control these days. People need to teach us either how to fight or why not to.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  110. PLUS class 2 Monte Vista

    Stuff like this happens and its difficult to prevent. We need to stop the hate, but violence is sometimes inevitable.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  111. Dillon

    I think that teen violence is caused from kids being put down for being different so they join a gang. This is not a very good reason to cause havoc and rage but it is for some.

    September 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  112. Hunter

    Deepest prayers to his family. It's the worst when someone innocent has to get involved without doing a thing, then being killed. Teen violence is totally uncalled for, as most of the time it is for the craziest reasons why it starts. I'm not sure on a way to stop it, but if it could be stopped, that would be the best. Once again, my deepest prayers to his family.

    September 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  113. austin

    This is a horribly sad situation. This kid seemed like an excellent kid, and he lost his life to a bunch of gang members who are lost in life and have nothing better to do than start gang fights and kill people... This gang violence is awful and the worst thing about this violence is that there is so many gangs that stopping gang violence is probably never going to happen...

    September 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  114. KYLE

    CARL ITS MESSED UP

    September 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  115. zack

    i think in a city, espically in Chicago, that there should be a police man in every alley 5PM to 11PM.

    September 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  116. zack

    the 1st zack is correct. Kudos to you

    September 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  117. cewoe

    I think that it's sad that a honor roll student has to lose his life when he had a great future ahead of him

    September 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  118. Virginia

    Man i think that was messed up how teens could be so violent these days. I'm a teenager too, im 14 years old turning 15 this year and i dont even have that much rage that i end up killing an innocent person. Supposely a whole bunch of kids got arrested and i'm happy because, there is no way how a teenager is going to kill somebody and get away with it also if there were kids who didn't participate in the fight and they still got arrested, AMEN to that because, you cant just stand there and watch somebody getting murdered espeacially if their innocent! I understand if you didnt do anything because, you didnt want to get hurt as well, but if thats the case you shouldn't have been there in the first place. Also i think schools should have more security gaurds and school police officers gaurding their school and the students. And i really dont care if other students dont agree because, if students feel that they are responsible and mature then this sort of thing shouldn't be happening. These kids could be future bank robbers, murders, child abusers, ect.ect.ect. if we dont make a difference, take a positive and beneficial action then more kids will be corrupt and there would be no turning back!
    R.I.P Derrion Albert

    September 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  119. Cameron

    That was cruel what they did to derrion Albert and no one should be treated that way. It's wrong that everyone gets hurt because of one disagreement. If you ask me that would be the worse thing I ever heard.

    September 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  120. Caleb

    I believe that teenager violence is a growing problem in our society, and that it should be consulted. I also believe that it was very tragic for that teen, condolences to him. Teens are getting screwed up, some are being abused, so they take out their anger on other people. Others have no friends, and are depressed. This problem is more serious then most people think, the government should help us, but we the people must help out too. Think about all the lives lost in teen violence, it breaks my heart. T_T

    September 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  121. hannah

    I think that teen violence is a real issue and it is so sad that an innocent life was lost because of it.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  122. Hayden

    It is sooo sad to see what our generation is doing today. I am from Chicago and I know what it's like there and it just makes me upset on how such an innocent person gets hurt like that. And it sickens me that people would actually do that. I pray that his family will try to get through this tragic time. I really hope that these teens will know that they did wrong and that they should be ashamed!

    September 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  123. Sasha

    I think that the fight was started because some kids may have some problems at home and this is their way to get rid of that anger. Teen violence is terrible and it needs to be controlled by witnesses informing the police.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  124. Ruby

    It's just sad when things like this happen. I wonder why people want to act like this. As this kind of thing keeps happening i want to know some ways i can help to make it stop.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  125. jess

    I think that if the kids were off campus the school could do nothing about it. i think that teen voilence is very common. however, there are some teens out there who are bystanders and can't do anything about the fight. sometimes kids are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. i personally have never seen a group fight with mutiple people on one side. i have only seen a one on one fight and i was happy that i wasn't the one who died. i think that there should be more programs on teen violence because i think if kids hear about a story like this they will think twice before they start something that would start or fight or even fight back. teens need to learn that there is a ceartin extent before funny and fun become serious and even dangerous. this fight got to the point of where it took and innocent life away. these kinds of fights cause many deaths and the kids that are killed are not even over twenty and they had a whole life ahead of them. a life can be taken just like that. teens need to be more careful of what they do and think before they act!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  126. bobby

    this fight was uncalled for especally since it took away a innocent life who had a whole life ahead of him. ithink that teens need to think before they act!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  127. Katie

    Carl, teen violence is not hard to come by.. But it can be hard to stop. It all starts with a bit of teasing, then arguements, then.. They become Physical, it's always scary to see, an even scarier to be apart of.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  128. Alexander

    I think that every generation seems to get more and more violent as our weapons get more and more advanced. We should stop handing out weapons and start handing out candy 😀

    September 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  129. Devin

    I cant believe somone killed him. I hope they didn't kill him on purpose.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  130. Xandra

    This story is such a sad and horrible thing to hear and I think that the teens who started this fight have not had a good life so far. I feel so bad for the family and I just wanted to say that our prayers are with you.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  131. Bekah-Boo

    I think that the people that started the fight should be in prison because they killed the guy and he did not desever that. And I feel bad for his family, they weren't expecting him to be killed for no reason. I pray his family recovers.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  132. Kyle

    This is a sad story and he shouldn't die without being remembered which he is now but I think he should deserve a second chance

    September 30, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  133. sydney

    I think that teen violence has gone too far and should definitely should stop. Instant lives are taken away because of a fight and clubs around the world should definitely be something that should be a necessity for teens around the world.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  134. Alina

    This was a very sad story indeed. A 16 year old Honor student who could have been one of the world's best doctors killed because someone else's foolishness. They should both go to jail for killing someone who wasn't even involved in the fight.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  135. George

    I think the the horrible that an innocent person be killed by people the same age. this not something I want to see happen.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  136. Thomas

    Teen violence should not be taken lightly. Schools should take extra precautions to help students be safe at all times.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  137. Kaili

    This story is horrible. Who couldd do that to an innocent kid? I think her may have done something to them to make them want to do that. But he just didn't realize what he did was wrong. This is a very sad story. All of my prayers go out to him.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  138. thomas

    i couldnt imagen if my family member died my life would have an empty hole in it

    September 30, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  139. david

    i think that it was unfortunate that the teenager was killed because it wasn't his fault that he walked into that fight.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  140. alexa

    teen violence is horrible and that kid did not deserve to get killed

    September 30, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  141. chaz

    I think the teens who killed the kid should be trialled as adults.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  142. griffin

    i think it was a terrible thing that happend and i think it was wrong and i think he just got cought in the mess.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  143. spoiled

    i think Derrion should have never faced a death that cruel and harsh i can't think of a death that cruel i am verry sorry for him and he will be in my thaughts

    September 30, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  144. lulu31

    When I heard about this story I felt really sad and really bad. That is the worst thing that can ever happen to someone's life. I bet Albert was a very good guy and did really good in school. I bet Albert will be remembered by his family, friends and all through the world.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  145. blue

    i cant bleive that guys would do something like that to some random guy. what started it all and how did that fight happen. it so stupid and redicules their parents need to help them. this world should noit be this way where everone is fight is annoying to ug. and i fell so bad for that kid and his family. so sad

    September 30, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  146. blue

    parent should cotroll their kid

    September 30, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  147. bob

    i thibk that the kids was inncent. i think that there is no reason to fight. there is no reason to have gangs. people will get hurt or even killed

    September 30, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  148. Jenna

    Teen Violence is a big issue in america. I can't believe how much hate someone can have for another! I thought we were all brothers and sisters here on this planet but I guess that doesn't pertain to some people.
    All parents should have a conversation( as I like to call it a pow-wow) with their teen and ask about their social life. It would help a WHOLE LOT!

    September 30, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  149. stefan

    it think that is so wrong our world today is getting very dangers and i think that they should put bad people to jail not right to court because the lawer might be good and the judge might say not guilti and the people might get into more trouble and kill or injur more people

    September 30, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  150. Jess

    That was terrible what the did to Derrin Albert noone should be treated that way.Wow one diagreement.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  151. emily

    i hate it when people get injured i think its so wrong and i think the people that are doing that stuff should get locked up in jail for a pretty long time so they learn their lesson.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  152. Joe

    that fight shouldnt of happend because if your in a fight you can get killed easily

    September 30, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  153. kayla

    Thats so sad that these people are so low that they killledd a inocent bystander.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  154. Faustina

    I think that it is VERY wrong to have teen violence because if this goes on our generation will become MUCH more violent and this could lead to BIGGGGG issues such as murder and killing sprees.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  155. Katya

    I think it happens because teens can't always control their feelings and show them using violence some times. I think that to prevent it they should try to count to10 before they say something.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  156. Hannah

    This is so sad to hear. I can't even imagen there families. This must be terrifing.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  157. Liza

    i think teen vilonce is very inopropriete. Teens sould not be harming anyone.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  158. Mausam

    I thought that teen violence should be stopped before it hurts more people. I also hope that no more fatalities shall occur like Derrion Albert.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  159. cheesey taco

    I think that there was no reason for them to beat that innocent kid.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  160. sydney

    i thimk it is wrong for young albert to be beaten to death when he was just passing through

    September 30, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  161. Wylona

    I thought it was so sad to hear that an innicent kid was killed in a huge fight. I don't even know why they had a fight in the first place.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  162. :) SUMMER (:

    Hi. I think it was horrible that the boy was killed. His family must be going threw alot. I feel sorry for people who were close to him. I wonder why there was a fight at all!

    September 30, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  163. Trisha

    I don't think it's right how just people on the street can jsut come up to the innocent guy and kill him. Life can be so unpredictable, no one can know what will happen at any moment; for example just look at what happened to the 16 year old!

    September 30, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  164. meghann(:

    That is really sad what happened!! I wish the best of luck to his family members!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  165. :)

    It was a terrible thing what happened to this kid. He was completly innocent.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  166. lauren(:

    That was cruel what they did to derrion Albert and no one should be treated that way. It’s wrong that everyone gets hurt because of one disagreement. If you ask me that would be the worse thing I ever heard. 😦

    September 30, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  167. mia

    violence is truely getting out of hand now a days! This is very sad to hear. He was such a great young man and now everything he worked for is over! my prayers get out to you and I hope for good on your family!

    September 30, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  168. hi

    that is sad. I feel bad for him & his family

    September 30, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  169. zach

    I think that someone in the town should have notice there was a fight going on. The man that caught the fight on the his secruity camera said that it looked like there was one hundred kids there. someone should have broken it up before one of the kids got killed.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  170. Gabe

    aww poor guy. i feel bad for him. they shouyld straightin out that gang-banger neighbrohood

    September 30, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  171. Lilli

    I think one reason teen violence happens is because of thier life at home. Maybe thier parents drink to much or something like that.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  172. Samantha

    They should have a gate so that they can't go off campus. They should lock the gate if they get one until school is over. What the six-teen year old did was wrong. He shouldn't have beaten up a kid.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  173. Bowser

    that’s so terrible what they did. im so sorry for what happened.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  174. brandon

    i dont think it was nice to do that to him because he didnt do anything to deserve that and he didnt deserve to die.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  175. Garett

    WHy did they single him out don't know. Police need to get control of the fights because people can die and the familes will have no clue why they got singlrd out. The peopl who were in the fight a just as guilty as the one who killed him.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  176. austin

    That is really bad that that happened. I hate when that happens and hope it will never happen again

    September 30, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  177. Maria

    wow, that’s so sad to hear. i feel extremely bad for the family of him. our prayers go out to them. It sounded like he had a great future he could of really made a difference in the world:(

    September 30, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  178. Marissa

    I think that might have to stop the fight was to seek help for a adult and they would try to work thingd out then and not fight to hurt someone.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  179. Madi

    I think it was very wrong and sad. and i didnt even see the video. and im glad i didnt because i would have cryed. why did those kids beat up that kid for no reason??!!

    September 30, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  180. nikita

    i think that was really sad so i think we should just stay away from peopla like that

    September 30, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  181. Marissa

    I think that might have stop the fight was that to seek help for an adult right away, and try to work things out insted of fighting someone to hurt them. I felt so bad of what had happen to the 16 year old boy.

    September 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  182. gabriel

    i think that it is wrong to fight period especialy when yo are in high school cuase some fights can get very violent and like this one did one kid died this is very horible

    September 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  183. kinsey

    I think that most fights happen over stupid things and it's wrong to fight. IT could hurt and may even kill someone,just like this fight did. Yea.... of course we all get mad over inmortant and stupid things but that doesnt give us a reason to fight

    September 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  184. jasmine

    I feel really bad for darrien, because he didn't deserve what happend to him. And i also have feel bad for his family members, friends and people that knew him. I think that's really sad and the people that did that to him should get arrested and get tooked to prison for killing him.

    September 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  185. yoyo

    I tink they should not have done that, but he should not have been walking through either I sill feel bad

    September 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  186. Rachel

    I thoght it was very sad.

    September 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  187. Beth

    I think it was very wrong of those kids to beat up some random guy walking through there fight, especially hard enough to kill him. Its terrible what happened to this kid, and I'm sure he was a great person. I also hope his family is okay.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  188. luigi

    i feel so bad for the family of Derrion Albert and I hope the people that killed him will be brought to justice.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  189. Hank

    I don't understand why people can't get over their differences and not do this without violence. There dosen't have to be violence in the community.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  190. noah

    i think people are stupid for doing that because why would you kill some o0ne

    September 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  191. Jessica

    I think that teen violence is very dangerous and like in this story, people can be killed, even an innocent bystander. Like some people said, teen violence can come from a bad environment, bad frineds, or being critisized can make someone very mad. I feel very bad for the parents and other relatives of the innocent student who was killed.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  192. Deanna

    I think that it was wrong to kill him because he didnt even do anything and when people were looking at the fight somebody should of stoped them so it wouldnt cause anything big like it did the guys who killed him shouldnt of done that cause it just cost them maybe life in jail.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  193. Chardonay

    i feel bad for the kid that got killed because he probly did not mean to get killed. he probly did not live his dream

    September 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  194. souki

    I when I think about it my stomach just turn over it hurts and makes me sick

    September 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  195. Shaun

    I think the kid was walking by or waching the fight and someone in one of the gangs thought that he was part of the other gang and so they atacked him it sounds like it was a huge mash pit fight and fists where just flying.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  196. Michael

    I think it is definitly a big deal and people should put a stop to it. There has been some cases were kids do die for teen violence or bulling.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  197. souki

    When I think that this could happen to anyone that is at the wrong place at the wrong time, it makes me sick. I hope they will learn from this experience and not encourage anyone and just get out of it all together. My sincere prayers go out to the family .

    September 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  198. CSIDE COUGARS!!!!!

    it is very sad why he died and he was a very good student.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  199. karleigh

    I do not think albert should of died. Albert was not in the fight. I think to help poeple they could change change there attitudes and control there anger problems. Alot of bad things happen in this world and that shouldnt of been one of them. Another reason I think the fight happened is because I am pretty sure most of the teens were African Americans. Why are all the african americans raised poorly or , raised from city schools? Alot of things need to change!

    September 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  200. Rianne

    i believe that teen violence is a growing problem because more and more teens are getting interested in the concept of fighting. Although many teens don't think that fighting is a growing problem, i see it more as a issue that the government needs to solve. Quickly, because the more they put of the issue of teen fighting, another student or innocent bystander might die. How they can stop it is by maybe taking this kids story, and spreading it across America. So that teens see what might possibly happen if they accidentally get caught up in a fight. i think that this story is sad and i hope that the family lives through this tragic event. I hope that the kids who kill this poor boy are ashamed, and that they regret being in that fight

    September 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  201. Kiara

    I think that this is unacceptable and that people especially teens should not be doing this . I send my greastest apoloigies to the fgamily about what happened. I really do hope that this fighting going on in the world can stop, and innocent people can stop dying.

    Sincerely,
    Kiara

    September 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  202. Chase

    I think that it's so sad that they killed him.....and others. I also think they were not thinking straight! Why in the would anyone just start a riot like that! WHY!! I really feel sorry for him and for his family . (I fell your pain Ablert family)

    September 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  203. Taylor

    I think that was crazy. Horrible how violence of pointlessness can lead to a death. I would never be able to go on in life knowing that i killed a perfectly innocent person...

    September 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  204. Shelby

    I think it's just wrong. No one deserves to be manslaughter. I bet If that the person/people who killed him just dropped dead after that for no reason it would probably feel the same for their family.

    September 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  205. Elizabeth

    Teen violence is a problem. Teens that have poverty stricken childhoods find it hard to cheer them up, to get them motivated. So when they get mad at someone, or when they feel like bullying someone to make them feel as bad as they do, they take out their violence on an innocent schoolmate, an innocent bystander, an innocent best friend.

    September 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  206. Josh

    This is so sad...Were all acting like animals! Why does this have to happen? We are fighting amoungst ourselves, and therefore tearing ourselves and our country apart!

    September 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  207. Pearl

    I have a friend who was bullied quite the amount of times. When she school was out she would cry her eyes out. One day she told me that she was being bullied and I told her to just ignore the person who was bullying her. Then she told me that her parent’s told her that too. After a few months she told me that she took my advice and totally forgot about the person who was bullying her. Whenever she saw the person who bullied her she got a sickening feeling in her but she went on with life. So the lesson is, if anybody bullies you just ignore him or her.

    September 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  208. Shan(:

    I believe any kind of violene is wrong, especially teen violence. Whether it's a student against a student, or an adult against a teen, it's not something anyone wants to be faced with. Teens have a hard time finding their place throughout high school and it's pretty much the stepping stones to our future. High school helps define ourselves as individuals and helps mold our characters. I think abuse or violence against us at this age has the most devastating effect. We're at an age where we can remember important things and something as tragic as being attacked, or killed. You would think teens would hear about all the gun fights and murders of kids their age, that they'd stop. I think it's something that should be confronted. My school has an anti-bullying meeting twice a month, it helps outcasts find connections with their classmates and finds alternative ways to face bullying/violence. They're really helpful!

    September 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  209. Tanner

    It's very awful when there are those passing by seem to get stuck in the middle of an argument or fight and they get stuck in the middle of it. My prayers go out to family on their awful loss.

    September 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  210. Karissa

    I think that what happened to him was horrible because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Those teens just ruined there life over something so STUPID.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  211. Abigail

    If teen violence continues and more people die, then where will the people who are going to inhabit this earth be? If there were enough people to inhabit the earth, what would the earth be like with the people who fought eachother in the school days made up the population?

    October 1, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  212. Alexa

    Stuff like this is depressing! He didn't do anything, yet he was the one who died. 😦

    October 1, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  213. Emaan

    This is truly a heartbreaking story. Derrion did not deserve to by killed. One way to prevent teen violence is for the parents to actually ask their kids whats going on in school . Some parents come home late from work and dont go and ask their kids whats going on in life!!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  214. jamie

    I think that those kids in the fight should go to jail or something i mean they killed a normal kid just walking to school he wasn't even in the fight.Poor poor Derrion.

    October 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  215. hailey

    I think we should have more hours in a school day . Think of all the parents that work till 5p.m. or even later, most of the kids are either put in after school care or go to a babysitters. So most kids are all ready in a school basically.

    October 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  216. Daryl

    Wow thats really shocking. Yeah teen violence should be non-excusable especially when little kids are around. Adults should keep their eye on kids and teens both more often.

    October 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  217. Emily

    people should all just get along. they have police at my school but only one of them they need more. people keep getting hurt and treats from teachers arn't enough.

    October 1, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  218. elaine

    i think that teen violence should be stoped and illega

    October 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  219. Katie

    Poor Derrion he just was coming home form the community center, and then he got killed, that is just too sad. Teen violence is very bad and the people who killed Derrion should go to jail. Teen violence should stop!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  220. Jordan

    Thats horrible... So much ahead of him. There should be police near the schools if thats what has to be done.

    October 1, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  221. Melanie

    At my middle school, there is a gaurd andthe teachers are out at lunch time. I feel pretty safe at my school, but anyone could very easily be beaten up after school by the starbucks, or, heck, even in the middle of the street! I think in the elementarys there should be more anti-violence talk.

    October 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  222. Skylar

    I think it was very, very disturbing for someone to kill an honor student for no reason.What was the fight even about?I feel very sorry for the the family and I hope they find out what the fight was about.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  223. Brooklyn

    We shouldn't have longer or all year around.We need exersize sitting in school for hours isn't exersize.Summer is fun for us.We need to get away from school.Kids would not even go to scool for June,July,and August, because we need a break.Scool you sit around learning at home you get exersice.You can eat when you want.At school you starve until lunch.We dont have snack and we already starve until lunch.Longer school days will make us starve even more and we could get sick of not eating.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  224. Michael

    I go to private catholic school so i feel pretty safe here because everyone is mostly nice

    October 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  225. Jake

    What did that kid to to them? He was doing his normal every day thing. It just think it was kind of senceless

    October 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  226. Chance

    Its not always best to fight, but in self defense terms, do what you must. when there is something going on, always be prepaired for the worst. and i hope that the family of that poor boy feel better sometime. my sadness goes for them.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  227. Rachel

    teen violance is wrong, but it is a nature. some people can't stop themselves. but the thing that happened with that kid... with so much ahead of him... 😦

    October 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  228. Joey

    That was such an amazing kid. It was totally unreasonable how he got killed. He should still be living today.

    October 3, 2009 at 1:45 am |
  229. Cailin

    Its really sad to see how teens are like if you watch the news about teens,teen are getting pregent,and doing drugs,its really sad to see it has come to the point that you have to watch what you say and when you say it or even who you say it to.Teens are beatting adalts up,Its scary,im ashamed to say that im a teen.

    October 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  230. Brittan

    That's unbelieveable. When you here someone is an honor student, you'd think he wouldn't want to be involved in violence. I can't see it happening.

    October 4, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  231. george

    teen violence is not a good thing to do when your a teenager

    October 5, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  232. LEOMHSDRE

    Teen violence should stop because I saw the video of what happened to the 16 year old and it was the most horrific thing I have ever seen. The sticks they were using to hit him and other people were the wood blocks from the rail road tracks. In all, we should seriously stop all of this fighting and killing because it has no purpose or meaning.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  233. sam

    What i personally think makes the kids get into a fight is something stupid going on in school. Maybe there is somewhat a way to stop it like some people to just watch around a little over the school, but its 2009. Seriosly, people need to wise up and stop fighting, especially since peole can be hurt, and killed!

    October 6, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  234. gabe

    i think it is a very sad thing what happened to him. he still did have a lot of life ahead of him also. and not only was he inoccent bystander he was an honor student in school and he wasnt involved in anything bad either so what happened to him was wrong

    October 6, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  235. Andrew918

    I feel so bad for the family. A 16-year old honor student is killed in a dumb fight. How sad it is for his family and friends! The kids who killed him desrve to be beaten.

    October 6, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  236. hannah

    they should have more pelice out to protect these people . The kid who got hurt did nothing wroung.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  237. Josue

    Maybe they need more security or they could use a neighborhood watch to help take care of the community.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  238. Christopher

    I think teen shouldent fight that is my comment

    October 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  239. leada

    This is so sad. Teen Violence should be prevented in any possible way. An organization that prevents teen violence should be created in honor of Mr. Albert.

    October 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  240. michelle

    i think that teen violance should stop because teenagers are just getting into fights and they kill each other. so thats why i want teens to stop the violance.

    October 6, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  241. aka STRAWBERRY:)

    I think teen violence is wrong. Teenagers r always starting fights wit everyone. Well SOME teenagers do it. They just want to get attention all the time. All they want is to seem tougher! u may think it works, but it doesn't. I don't know wats rong wit them, but its crazy!

    October 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  242. lily

    why are all there fights and people getting killed or badly injored I think that every one should get along and we all have world peace because if there were world peace there would be less fighting going on and that would be great 🙂

    October 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  243. Demarco

    I dont mean to sound rude or anything but i watched dis video 3 times and if you watch the beginning he's the second person you see running to the fight..They title him as an innocent bystander but as you can see right before he gets hit with the wood he's in the middle of the pile pushing people and throwing punches. i think he was in the wrong personally and wasn't attacked randomly..however it is sad how he was murdered

    October 7, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  244. shelby

    I know that Teen violence is bad but i don't think you can stop it. I also believe that it happens because, Teen need to be feared they think if their feared then they can rule everybody. when someone stands u to them they get scared they think they will lose their power. So they fight to get their power back. I am also very sorry for the Boy's Family. I am a teen and i get why they fight just stay out of their way.

    October 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  245. jonathon

    I think teen violence should be ban I also think who ever commits teen violence should go to jail.Who ever does it is putting everyone elses parents and other teens in fright.The worst thing is it starts gangs.That is stupid its just a bunch of people that try to prove to everyone that there cool because there tough.WOOP DE DOO

    October 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  246. Saakib

    I think the only reason people get into fights is to prove that they're tough. Its just stupid because you kill someone the doesn't even have anything to do with you guys. I feel bad for the family tho. It must feel really bad 😦

    October 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  247. Mrs. D

    I am in total agreement with U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder.
    Teen violence is rampant in our country, and I also believe it's a result of the lack of family values. Kids today are being raised without any morals or a faith to guide them with a conscience that would assist in showing respect to one another. The schools can't do it all; parents, whether married, divorced or single, need to do their job as well.

    October 8, 2009 at 5:41 am |
  248. david

    teen violence happens very often in america. but there must be a reason for teen violence in america. maybe the person who causes this violence wasn’t raised well and his parents where abbusive. maybe the person who is causing the violence was being picked on and i like trying to return the violence.

    October 8, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  249. collyn

    I think teen violence should be ban I also think who ever commits teen violence should go to jail.Who ever does it is putting everyone elses parents and other teens in fright.The worst thing is it starts gangs.That is stupid its just a bunch of people that try to prove to everyone that there cool because there tough.i luv u carl!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  250. devon

    i think that teen violence is very bad but it can sometimes be about something important that your fighting over

    October 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  251. michael

    i think that they sould stop!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  252. Tori

    At our school, we don't have much violence. It's more like bullying and calling people "gay" which can be very hurtful. But then again, we will NEVER be able to stop bullying like that, no matter how hard we try. Our school has an on campus police officer, maybe that would help. Also, steroids are known for making people "temperamental" so they could also bring an drug dog to their school to check it out.

    October 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  253. Lacey

    Fights are fights. They happen everyday! Big deal...get over it! But when fights get that bad you seriously need to step in! How can humans be so inhuman? This is unbelievable!

    October 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  254. Elina

    I think that there should be a law against teen violence because it is dangerous ,and can harm alot of people.

    October 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  255. samira

    I think if children see violence when they are little
    they could do the same thing in realty.
    Sme goes for tv shows that have guns or knifesin them.

    October 8, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  256. Stacy

    Teen violence happens everywhere and only teens can stop it. They are the only ones who can stop it because they cause all the drama that goes on. If someone has a problem with you they will try and fight you even if it is a small, stupid problem. Teen violence occurs everywhere and it only gets attention when someone gets killed or seriously injured this goes to show that everyone needs to pay more attention to it.

    October 8, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  257. Victoria

    Gangs need to be stoped, to many people get hurt and lose loved ones, gangs are a menace to society!

    October 8, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  258. Casey

    I think that media plays a big part in teen violence as well as pycological problems and social problems. People, of all ages, get the idea that being able to throw a punch and perform a round-house kick is just simply amazing. Television and movies imply that being able to fight makes you look tough and infinitely cool.

    October 8, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  259. Chloe

    With all of the problems in the world already like earthquakes, war, and floods, Why would someone want to add to all of these distasters? When people form gangs it just adds to the level of violence and hate in the world.

    October 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  260. Torrie

    It is so awful that they would do that to someone who is innocent!

    October 8, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  261. andrew

    teen fighting is just stupid i dont care what they do about it but teen fighting is ok to me

    October 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  262. safaa

    i think they should make it a law and it is a law because you cant kill people and if thouse kids are still alive i think they should take them to jail so they cant kill anybody else.

    October 9, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  263. Joseph

    That was NOT cool! I mean why would you fight? Fighting gets you nowhere. I think they should just sit down and talk it out.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  264. Sabrea

    i think it cannot be stopped because for people do want they want to do.You can't change how somebody thinks or change their state of mind.It's so sad to hear a mother speaking to television about how her son or her daughter got shot in a cross fire or walking from the store by themselves.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  265. MICHAEL

    SOMETIMES I THINK PEOPLE TAKES STUFF TO FAR

    October 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  266. khailf

    when is the violence in philadelphia this is crazy i feel bad for his family

    October 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  267. alex

    i feel sorry 4 the family ......prayers go 2 them

    October 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  268. Tanisha

    i think that,that was wrong 4 him to be killed in that fight if he didnt have anything to do with that.Sometimes that people just need to learn how to walk away from different things.Some stuff can b provented from happening i just want to say I feel bad 4
    for him and i hope he is living a peaceful life up n heaven..

    October 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  269. shakir

    i am feel so mad what happen to that kid he had a
    chance tto become a great father

    October 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  270. Ty'tiana

    Thats a shame what happened to that boy.. i feel the grandfather pain.. i lost to my father to something like that...but to the grandparents i encourage you to stay strong and keep your head up..Also we really need to stop all the violence ..Alot of teen are dying by the min.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  271. Tyre

    i think that that was bad what they did to that boy, and what was messed up about it was that he was not from the other school he was just walking his regular way home. But what i dont understand is why they messed with him this time instead of the other times he walk that way.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  272. eric

    i think it very sad and the people that is in the fight just make me mad. i think the kid should do time for what had done. this to much violence in this world. everybody just need to get a long and be friend. if they has a problem with someone they should just talk to each other

    October 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  273. Akin

    That was so "Uncalled for" for those high school students a.k.a young adults to jump that 16 year old boy that day.I blame the school, parents and the police for not coming to break it up, they should be ashamed of their selves to do such a thing. But we all know that now he's in a better place and everybody is sad but now he's happy and looking down and watching over his family everyday.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  274. Lisa

    I think that nobody should be treated like that. And that messed up that he had to die cause he really had something going for him in life. Also more people need to be on the street on stop things like this from happening.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  275. jada

    I feel bad but I think it starts at home like family, tv, and video games. I have seen my little brother fight with his dad and try moves from games. It needs parent guidance to help say not to start a fight but defend yourself if it does happen.I have gone from pre-k to 9th without a fight since I dont care what many people say.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  276. elisa

    i feel so bad about what happen to him, from what i heard he had so much to live for .and no one should loss their love one like that, no one should die that way.i know its nothing i can say to make the family feel any batter but i hope all of the people that did this to him get what they deserve.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  277. nasier

    I think that kid that is just walking down that street get beat for no reason is wrong. i think that something needs to be done. i think we all should stop this gang stuff a work together

    October 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  278. London

    I felt a wave of sadness while watching this news report. I honestly think there is no way of completely stopping teen violence. All we can do is think of things to do to reduce these type of fights. I just hope that the kids learned their lesson on fighting, considering they killed an innocent boy who did nothing but succeed in his academics,Albert did not have thing to do with the fight the only thing he was doin was waiting for his GrandPop to cum get him after school.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  279. Lheshan

    That's a shame what had happened because I don't that to me or any body that is very close to me.Also I Think That could have happened to any body at any time

    October 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  280. Roger

    i'm sorry what happen to your grandson he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I hope u will be able to get over it in life i will not try to be and no streetfights cause see how people get carryed away. When i first heard about this story i was said cause that could been me or somebody close to me but im wat happen.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  281. nancy

    wow why would ne one want to do some thing like that to some one who didnt even do ne thing to them.he didnt do it so they shouldnt have killed him. he wasnt even in it. i think that kid should go to jail 4 life. if the other bot didnt get to live then why should he?? it just makes my heart ach to hear about something like that happening.

    October 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  282. Kelsey

    There sudde not any in North Dokta.

    October 9, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  283. Jenny

    I have heard about the fight in Chicago and how it is affecting our school reputations and how we shouldn't be fighting for some stupid thing. We need to come together as friends, and just think about what we are going to accomplish after the fight.

    October 10, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  284. Libby

    People are so cruel and unreasonable. That kid was just minding his own buisness and was killed for no reason. There should be a world of peace and no fighting.

    October 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm |