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Blade Reed | 14-Year-Old Sentenced to 30 Years in Adult Prison - TAKE ACTION!


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This petition is created in support of age and developmentally appropriate humane treatment of 14 year old, Blade Reed, currently housed in the adult maximum security prison, Wabash Correctional Facility, (Carlisle) Indiana.



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Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:29 am
 
Humane Treatment for Blade Reed
 
This petition is created in support of age and developmentally appropriate humane treatment of 14 year old, Blade Reed, currently housed in the adult maximum security prison, Wabash Correctional Facility, (Carlisle) Indiana. 
 
Last December [2009], after pleading guilty to robbery resulting in severe bodily injury, Blade was sentenced, as an adult, to serve 30 years with adult violent offenders and sexual predators.  It is important to note, almost immediately after the crime, Blade accepted responsibility and displayed extreme remorse for his actions on that fateful day and has continued to do so, ever since.
 
As fellow United States citizens, it has come to our attention that Blade Reed has been issued to serve an entire year in disciplinary solitary confinement after having been involved in three known altercations in the adult prison of which this 14 year old child has been placed. To our knowledge, this means Blade will be expected to survive being locked in solitary confinement with no other human interaction inside a small cell for 23 hours every day for one whole year or more. Under Indiana law, each inmate forced into disciplinary solitary confinement, is released for only one hour per day of which during that hour he will need to shower and minimally exercise.
 
It is unclear, at this point, the conditions of this child's education.  Also,there is no guarantee that this one hour will be granted, each day, as a provision exists its implementation is dependent upon the security status of the overall facility. 
 
Exasperating this child's plight is the liklihood this child suffers from undiagnosed mental disabilities.  After reviewing court documentation from the court appointed psychologist's evaluation of Blade and from further consultation, it is expert opinion that Blade Reed may suffer from "Asperger's Syndrome (a form or autism) and/or Bipolar Disorder."  It was the court-appointed psychologist's opinion and testimony to the court, Blade Reed "had the social skills of a 10 year old", and that "97% of kids his age, were more socially adept then he was."  The psychologist also testified,  "If Blade develops in an adult center (prison) he will be negatively influenced by other (adult) inmates."
 
During his evaluation, it was discovered Blade had been severely abused by his biological parents through age 6 and also suffers from ADHD, but had been taken off his medications.  In addition, Blade continues to suffer from depression and anger issues resulting from the traumatic (sexual, physical and mental) abuse he endured throughout his entire formative years by the ones who were responsible for shaping the character of this young child.
 
This petition hopes to achieve these goals:
 
1) To have Blade Reed professionally evaluated and treated for possible undiagnosed mental disablilities,
2) To re-examine and overturn the assignment of one year in disciplinary solitary confinement  for a replacement of a more humane discipline for Blade Reed ,
3) To re-assign Blade Reed into an age and developmentally appropriate program, whereas, he would receive much needed psychological care, education and life skills training through counseling.
 
These changes of his living conditions are crucial for him to be capable of becoming the sane, emotionally stable, and productive member of society he will need to be upon his future release. The adult system is geared towards punishment, the juvenile system fosters rehabilitation.
 
Please, will you help this American child not to be forgotten and left in cruel and unusual conditions?  We believe in our US Constitution and in our children . . . our future.
 
PLEASE SIGN!
 
 

Cher C. (1470)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:52 am


Cher, You signed on September 12, 2010

Thnx hun!

 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:13 am
Signed and duly noted
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:16 am
Signed and forwarded. How is it that this child is treated this way, and Dick Cheney is walking around free...
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:18 am
Noted and signed/thanks Carole/crazy how this so called system works/murderers walking free/sick kid in solitary/he won't live to make it through a year, let alone many years.
 

(0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:23 am
Signed and noted. It is a disgrace when a fourteen year old is placed in detention with adult offenders and is sentenced as an adult. How many adult convicted murders serve much less that what this young man was sentenced. I am not justifying his actions, but there is a huge difference between an adult and a child.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:27 am
This kid doesnt belong in a adult system whats wrong with these judges he's fresh meat for all the perverts in there thats why he had three known altercations, get him out of there and into a facility for young offenders, a year in solitary....He's going to crack something serious and that will take the possibility for him to ever have a ''normal'' life this is just so wrong he's a teenager and like all teenagers they go trough a lot of stuff, if a psychological evaluation was made like it see's so

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children

Treatment Approach

ADHD often affects many areas of functioning, including school, family relationships, friendships, activities, and self-esteem. Psychoeducation is considered a first-line intervention for all patients. Treatment should be comprehensive as well as flexible over time as presenting symptoms and necessary supports will change as development progresses. Treatment should be designed for the individual patient so that efficacy, tolerability, compliance, and affordability are maximized. Patients should be monitored with regular follow-up to monitor target symptoms, outcomes, and adverse effects. [20] [51]
The treatment approach suggested here is derived from medical consensus statements including those of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and an international consensus statement. [20] [49] [52] Stimulant medications are the first-line of treatment, followed by atomoxetine, and then alpha-2-adrenergic agonists, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), and bupropion. Behavioral therapy and/or alpha-2-adrenergic agonists can be used adjunctively.
 

Sandrea S. (208)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:30 am
This is the crucial: The adult system is geared towards punishment, the juvenile system fosters rehabilitation.
 

Debbie G. (314)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:36 am

Debbie, You signed on July 12, 2010. Thanks C
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:43 am
NASHVILLE — Physical and sexual abuse as a toddler followed by emotional trauma, foster care placements and then adoption into a dysfunctional family marked Blade Reed’s first 14 years.

The teen will now spend the next 14 behind bars for his part in a brutal attack against elderly neighbors last year that left 84-year-old Richard “Dude” Voland dead and his wife of almost six decades shot and stabbed. A judge sentenced him today to 30 years in jail, of which he will serve half; he gets credit for nine months spent in jail since his arrest.

Reed’s older brother Bennie, 17, fired the shot that killed Dude Voland and also the one that struck Mary Voland in the stomach. He received a 60-year sentence for murder and aggravated assault. He likely will serve half of his time.

MORE: Previous stories in the murder of Richard "Dude" Voland

The Reed brothers rode their bicycles a mile or so to the Volands’ Helmsburg home in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2008, intending to steal beer. The two took along a .25 caliber handgun stolen from another neighbor. They knocked on the door and asked to use the phone. When Bennie Reed pointed his gun at Dude Voland and said “no one needs to get hurt,” the 50-year National Rifle Association member drew his own weapon. Reed tried to knock it from the man’s hand, and a bullet fired from the gun hit him in the arm. The teen then fired back, and a bullet from the stolen gun struck the man in the head.

Bennie Reed then shot Mary Voland in the stomach with her husband’s handgun after she came out of the bedroom and provided medical care to her husband and also to Reed.

As the boys were leaving the house, without beer and wearing bloody clothes, Bennie Reed told his brother to cut the woman’s throat since she had witnessed her husband’s shooting. The then-13-year-old admitted he sawed back and forth on the woman’s neck with a kitchen knife.

This afternoon, he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and robbery resulting in serious injury. He told his 78-year-old victim he was sorry, that he wished he had never gone to her house that night, that he would take it all back if he could.

During a previous hearing back in November, Brown Circuit Judge Judith Stewart determined that despite an agreement between the prosecutor and defense attorney that Blade Reed should spend the time until his 18th birthday not in prison but at the Indiana School for Boys with other offenders his age, the law does not allow that placement. So Reed will be incarcerated with other youthful violent offenders in a special housing unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Carlisle.

Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver said justice was served. “This plea was justice. He committed an adult crime and he has received adult consequences,” Oliver said in a written statement. “Blade Reed pled guilty to what he agreed with his brother to do that night, which was to commit an armed robbery. He received the maximum disposition for his attack on Mrs. Voland.”

Cited among aggravating circumstances at the sentencing hearing was the recognition that the boys played on Richard Voland’s kindness to gain entry to his home that night. Oliver listed three mitigating circumstances: the boy’s age, that he didn’t intend for anyone to get hurt and his accepting responsibility for his actions.

Oliver said the violence of the attack left sleepy Brown County shaken. “This crime was traumatic to the whole community and I hope closing it out will provide peace to the Voland family and restore some sense of peace to our community,” he said after Reed had been taken away from the courtroom and the Voland family dispersed.

“This doesn’t happen in Brown County.”
 

Janet G. (109)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:06 am
Signed~Unbelievable....
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:13 am
Blade was sentenced to 30 years, but with good time, could have been out in 14, but since his incarceration at Wabash, as the petition states, he has been in 3 altercations and has lost a large portion of that. Also, he was never placed in the special wing for juveniles as most newspaper articles claim. He has always been with the adults since day one. Due to thse altercations he has been placed in solitary confinement and has been told that he will be in that lockdown period for one full year. I advocate for Blade and know his circumstances, none of which are right. All we've asked is to have him properly tested for autism and other disorders and have him placed in a facility and treatment which would be of benefit to him anmd his future. Adult incarceration is not the answer.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:19 am
Unable to believe that a 14 years old teenager be put in adult's correction center or jail.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:21 am
Signed #561 and forwarded
 

Betsy Bee (1048)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:23 am
Signed. I think the courts are corrections departments of most states are dysfunctional to say the very least.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:24 am
Signed #560, "This doesn't happen in Brown County." Things like this happen every where, and mostly because of abuse first by his parents and then by a poorly run system. Instead of protecting these children they are warehoused or shipped off to families interested in collecting the state funds rather then learning to assist and giving safe harbor to an injured child. This is also the result of a society that shows little concern for its' children in dire need of mental and physical protection.

This society has far more concern for bail-out of corporations then the youth of tomorrow. Child Protective Services is consistently unfunded and understaffed. Letters will be typed and mail in the morning along with phone calls to the authorities and letters to the primary news papers in Indiana. Only a rally of support can help this boy.

Thank you, Carole for bringing this shameful miscarriage of justice to our attention.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:24 am

Stephen Sydebotham is one of the sponsors of this petition, and is "a child advocate for those in the justice system."

I found out about this deplorable situation through him at Change.org.
 

Mack David (100)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:31 am
#563.
Noted.
WAY 2 Go Carol.
*
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (99)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:43 am
Are this judges considered sane or having "own" kids?
This is a masterpiece of US american understanding of justice
No wonder almost the whole planet hates US demo cracy.
Noted, signed, will forward.
G'nite America!
 

(0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:45 am
More like a democrazy.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:46 am
WHAT?????? OMG , #550, DEFINITELY signed. Thanks Carole. How comne this kid was NOT punished by juvenile system in the first place??? Thats a grave error here!
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:47 am
You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.

I certainly also signed petition and will forward to all on my list.

This is an outrage, we are a society that has more prisoners than anywhere else upon this earth, for this is how we deal with all our problems now, plus so many prisons are becoming privatized so the Corporation only gets monies when there are bodies.

This is another prime example why we need Universal Health Care in this Country, these children that need mental health attention seldom get the help they need. Is bad enough, and inhumane, that we place more adult mentally ill in prison instead of treatment, now we are doing the same for our children.

I'm so disgusted with this Country and the way it treats it's children, Elders, and disabled. We are going from bad to worse each year. He needs medical treatment, removal from society perhaps for awhile until he can get the care he needs and understands how to function. But not throw his young life away, forever. It is simply beyond what ever should happen to this young person. Society has certainly let him down in more ways than one, society has let us all down in more ways than one as if he got the mental health care he needed then he may never have inflicted a crime on anyone.
 

H Nick H. (1826)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:49 am
noted and signed. Justice isn't always fair. He should be punished, but not excessively and then put in with adult harden criminals, NOT GOOD. I hope his attorneys file on this.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:58 am

Thank you, dear owners of a heart . . . My own was broken when I heard of this.

If we do not value our children enough to attempt to heal them . . . WHAT HOPE IS THERE FOR FUTURE ADULTS?

Yes, he did wrong. But this is an unconscionable punishment for a human being too young to even be considered to be capable of making informed judgments under the law.

Clearly, he is a soul in much need of mending -- NOT a piece of trash, to be discarded.
 

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:00 am
I hope he wont go through this horrible ordeal. Its just so wrong.
 

Diane B. (275)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:11 am
Noted and signed this is horrible !
 

Phyllis P. (413)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:18 am
You KNOW I am on this. Signed. What are these crazy people thinking? They need solitary confinement.
 

Phyllis P. (413)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:26 am
#584:
2:24 pm, Sep 12, Phyllis Pleasants, VA
This is a kid, for God's sake. He needs help and punishment, not torture in an adult prison system.
 

Mary Coleman (148)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:30 am
#587, signed and noted.
 

. (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:40 am
Signed.
 

Mad Artist Of MUD (433)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:43 am
Signed and astonished.
I mean, even the adults need help and aid to better themselves...A CHILD? Needs more. The aren't going to get the help they need in a h_ll hole.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1653)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:59 am
Signed and will fwd and pray for Blade. Blade needs to be in a physichiatric (sp?) ward for juveniles NOT prison, for Goodness sakes! Thnx *C*!!!
 

Magdalena M. (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:00 pm
Magdalena, You signed on July 12, 2010.
I shared with friends on Facebook. It is always working with getting more signatures.
BTW, I think this is crazy. The more we achieve in science etc, the more we lose common sense and compassion. I do not see our future in Pink, in 30 years might be nothing to come back to.
 

Michela m. (3946)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:03 pm
SIGNED and Noted!! Thanks!! Ciao!! Michela
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:05 pm

I am so touched by this story. I keep trying to remember myself at 14. And I know that, if I had been capable of his anger, it must have been due to other than the life I lived.

So sad . . . that an already-damaged child should learn that a system in place to protect him, would instead, throw him to the wolves.

(I can't stop thinking about this. I know that he is just one of many. But we have a human responsibility to step in and STOP THIS!)
 

Bob E. (113)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:09 pm
KIds and first-time offenders do not belong with hardened criminals...
 

Charmaine C. (177)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:13 pm
Signed and noted. 14 is so young.
 

Brigitte T. (69)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:20 pm
Children are NOT adults.Is it a coincidence that the USA has never signed the Convention of Children's rights?
Many American children have been tried as adults, and sent to prisons where there are many sexual predators especially child rapists, while prison rape statistics remain outraging.
Shame on the US "justice" system which refuses humane treatment to children who need protection and rehabilitation - not to be sent to prison where they could become sex slaves.
Blade Reen needs humane treatment, and also appropriate medical treatment and support for any disorder he may have.
If this happened in Iran, all Americans would scream in horror and outrage... But because it happens in the US it's swept under the rug! Thank you for the chance to sign this petition, I hope it gets many thousands of signatures!
It's not about just one child, it's about many children...
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:22 pm
Noted...in disbelief...and signed. Thanks Carole.
 

Stephie D. (10)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:25 pm
signed and noted
 

Eileen Novak (444)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:29 pm
At 14 ones cerebral cortex is not fully developed. Miscarriage of justice here. Signed here and am checking change.org also.
 

Judith H. (27)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:40 pm
For someone to do this horrible crime on the first offense is unbelievable. He is a follower and will end up following anyone. Eventually with or without rehab we will hear more about this boy. I speak for all of the 'old' folks who are just living in retirement and enjoying the rest of their lives. Though I don't agree with his living conditions, I do feel he needs to be incarcerated!
My grandparents lived through a break in, the kids were caught, sent to juvenal court and still to this day they are well known even to the county sherriff's office. My grandparents lived in fear for the rest of their lives in a house that they had lived in since 1954. Grandpa had his gun ready to go after that, and had they come again I am absolutely sure someone would have been hurt-----grandpa was a good shot even after the age of 75.
So unless you have seen the other side of a crime like this I guess you would feel 'oh that poor boy'.

This kind of crime is happening more and more in rural areas, so I guess they should build a prison for 10-14 yr olds because that's the age range that kids that are doing these things are. The crimes are getting more and more violent.
Would you feel the same way if it had been your parents that were violated?
Well, forgive me for ranting....I must be bi-polar or something!
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:47 pm

I'm sorry you feel that way, Judith, because it demonstrates a disconnect between childhood and adulthood.

There is a reason that our laws preclude persons of a certain age from making responsible decisions -- the lawmakers had the astuteness to understand that many changes in reasoning occur between puberty and maturity.

Thankfully, they had the wisdom to understand that.

I, for one, will REFUSE to toss away what may be a worthy adult, due to damages occuring in childhood.

Rather than say "SHAME ON YOU," I would ask that you be grateful you did not live such a life, and ask that you consider healing, rather than punishment.

Perhaps, the reason statistics support your cold-hearted approach is because too many prefer to discard souls, rather than heal them.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:48 pm
Noted and signed, thank you for posting Just Carole, it is bad enough that a child is put in an adult prison but a child that is believed to have mental health problems in ANY prison is intolerable.
 

Cindy C. (125)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:52 pm
OH MY GOD HE IS A CHILD FOR GOODNESS SAKE. HE SHOULD BE HELPED NOT PRISONED WITH ADULTS
 

Sherry H. (64)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:54 pm
This is 2010. Do you not see what sick demented people are putting juveniles in the adult system? They know. They are not just merely poorly run, which is ever so true, but run by criminals themselves.
 

Krasimira B. (175)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:55 pm
He was a child (now he is 18 or 19 years old), for Goodness sakes! This is the second petition about Blade I signed.
 

Terry King (109)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:57 pm
Noted and signed!
 

(0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:57 pm
Judith:

I am sorry for your grandparent's experience and understand. My cousin was murdered not far from our home when I was a child and realize that the whole family becomes victims from violent crime. I cannot though see that justice is served when a child is thrown into an adult prison population. In addition to his status as a minor, this young man has been completely let down by the people who were to care for him, by the system which is supposed to prevent the circumstances of his upbringing and the mental health issues he suffers. If he is incarcerated in an adult prison for even a quarter of his sentence, there is no hope and it is almost guaranteed that he will leave prison with more problems than his present treatable mental illness. The State will very well have conditioned a cold blooded, violent re-offender. Is there no room for rehabilitation in the US Penal system, especially when the offender has a history such as this.
 

stephen lawrence (4)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:57 pm
signed and noted
 

Alice C. (1797)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:10 pm
Done. He should not be in an adult prison.
 

Helen C. (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:12 pm
Done
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:26 pm

The first thing we must consider, as responsible adults, is the chronological/mental level of cognizance of this human being, in consideration of the guidance ALL children should receive.

If you are considering the merits of this petition, you should be using those guidelines.

It is sad enough that we recognize that many children do not receive the parental attention necessary to become responsible adults . . . but it is WORSE that, when we understand these forming beings were denied proper supervision, love and guidance . . . instead of reach out, and attempting to rectify the heinous damages done, we contribute to the travesty by -- yet again -- proving that we are heartless.

I am a former child abuse counselor. As such, I was required to complete studies regarding the "cycle of abuse." The first tenet taught is that abusive behavior is formed by subjection to abuse. It is a vicious cycle. The ONLY way to stop it is to stop the cycle.

By putting this child into a well-known situation of increased abuse, we are only guaranteeing that, once his sentence is served, we are releasing an even more damaged adult into society.


 

Frank Lornitzo (8)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:35 pm
I signed the petition and commented that in my experience as partner in a business that helps developmentally disabled clients the child in the photo of him being escorted by the officer looks very autistic and it would b e difficult to see how a jury of ordinary people would not see the disability and accommodate. But the case is probably lead by unseeing bureaucrats in a juvenile department and an elected judge catering to constituents.
 

Asma Q. (1)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:37 pm
signed.
 

. (1)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:38 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Carole.
 

SANDRA G. (1)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:42 pm

Signed and forwarded. How is it that this child is treated this way, and Dick Cheney is walkin,, have to agree on that statemeny
 

Beth C. (8)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:43 pm
If we are going to be locking up children for long periods of time, then there should be special prisons for those children where they won't be constantly abused by the adults whether they are the other prisoners or the staff. The only thing this child is going to learn in the years he is there is how to commit crimes smarter. There is going to be no rehabilitatio for this one as long as he is where he is.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:46 pm
This is a punishment sick & punishment obsessed society. Justice is not served by locking someone up FOREVER - What ever happened to the notion of rehabilitation? How can a 14-yr-old come to grips with his crime & learn to move beyond that in prison with adults or worse, in solitary?

At 14 yrs of age, a young teen has much less past to condemn than future to potentialize, whatever wrong they did.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:51 pm

I will share with you the book that forged my lifelong dedication to eradicating child abuse: Somewhere A Child Is Crying
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:51 pm
My God I pray for the boy and hope my signature counts. What sort of country is it that would destroy a child's life for a crime. Are we barbarians? Can't we finally put an effort into community service, retraining and psychological care? I am sickened by this.
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 1:56 pm
Very sad for the victims and their families. My heart goes out to them. This is most unfortunate for all involved. From my reading of the incident that Reed did not kill the woman, but made the horrific effort to do so upon his brother's urgings.
Yet, a fourteen year old with diagnoses that affects judgment and an age that self control is not fully developed should not be tried as an adult. The adults who were abusing him sexually, emotionally and physically will never be prosecuted for the product they developed. The social services workers who were responsible for identifying getting the services he needed did not seem to be particularly effective. It would seem that at some point his judgment would have indicated a need for more supervision.
Our justice system needs to stop placing juveniles with adults in prisons. People don't like it but the purpose of prison is not only to punish but to rehabilitate and a young offender would seem more amenable to being turned around with effective caring help. It does not seem productive to have this kid ever in adult prison, as he will only learn to hate, and have more reason to do so. With his diagnosis he may need to live in a supervised setting for a good part of his life. I just hope he gets the psychological treatment he needs with the right after discharge plan.
 

Bobbie Hensley (47)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:11 pm
Signed and Noted..Thanks Hunny!! I cant believe they are so cold to sentence a 14 yr old boy into a maximum security prison..he is just a boy!! What are they thinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Sharon P. (14)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:13 pm
I don;t agree with him being in an adult prison,but he does need help.If he doesn't receive the correct help he will come out more of a danger to others.As everyone is getting upset,we must also remember what he did,a man is dead,and this young man tried to kill the woman.Yes his brother told him to,but he still did it.One person stated that he must be 18 or19 by now,so now he will stay there.The only thing that can be done is to get him the help he needs,before he gets out.I thought this just happened.When did this happened? What age is he now? Thanks
 

Linda Wallace (24)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:14 pm
He is fourteen for goodness sake.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:24 pm
Have had a close encounter with this type situation.
Daughter's boyfriend ordered the murder of two boys.
He was 16. The victims will never grow up and their families suffered greatly. This boy should not be in an adult facility. He should pay for what he did, murder is murder. He is lucky that he will ever get out. He should not be in an adult prison where 1 of 5 inmates are raped when first incarcerated. That is the unspoken punishment this judge is imposing on him. Rape should never be a part of any sentence, in reality, it is in 20% of cases.
 

(0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:27 pm
Sharon P.

I don't think that anyone is suggesting that this boy just go home. I can't speak for everyone, but he was 14 at the time of the crimes, a victim of abuse and suffers from mental illness along with ADHD.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:35 pm
 
Attention . . . PLEASE!
 
Blade Reed, 14, sentenced to 30 years in home invasion, attack
 
The date of this newspaper article is December 7, 2009 -- which means that, at most, depending upon his birth date, Blade is FIFTEEN!
 
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:43 pm
 
This article:
 
Direction of 13-Year-Old's Trial Rests With Brown Country Judge
 
was dated July 22, 2009 . . .
 
So, he turned FOURTEEN YEARS OLD between July-December, 2009!
 
 
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:47 pm
Blade just turned 15 on August 2nd
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:49 pm

Thanks, Stephen.

(So much for accurate news reporting . . .)
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:54 pm

Sorry, if it was August, it was accurate.

*blush*
 

Fran F. (112)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 2:58 pm
Signed and noted. What a wrong, vindictive sentence for a fourteen-year-old. Thanks, Carole. And thanks to Caitlin for forwarding the information.
 

Sharon Balloch (132)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:03 pm
signed .... and saddened for all concerned.
 

Tierney G. (383)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:06 pm
Signed thanks C
 

Linda G. (187)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:24 pm
Any society that allows their children to be abused, that allows the systems that are put in place to protect our childred be underfunded and overwhelmed, that allow a disturbed child to be placed in an institution for adults where he is raped, placed in solitary at 15 years of age is a sick, sick society. Perhaps if we spent as much time looking out for the education and welfare of our children as we do calling each other names, worrying about who is allowed to love who, having to have an enemy to hate, perhaps, just perhaps these crimes both against the innocent couple and against the child who committed them would cease to be. There is no excuse for the abuse of children or animals.... or each other. None!
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:26 pm

AMEN, Linda!
 

EchoRose G. (170)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:33 pm
ALREADY SIGNED AND PUT ON FACEBOOK...EchoRose, You signed on September 2, 2010.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Governor Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller
 

Naoko I. (262)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:36 pm
Signed (#835) and noted.
 

linda b. (190)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:37 pm
An adult prison is no place for a young boy, don't know what this judge was thinking of. Thank you Carole.
 

Karen B. (84)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:48 pm
If Blade remains in adult prison,
I pray God that he is never released back into society in 15 years or so,
because the state will have created a very dangerous predator.
 

Teresa K. (33)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:51 pm
Done and done and thank you!
 

Sandy G. (35)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:59 pm
Gladly signed. I do not for a moment want to minimize the severity and brutality of his crime, but clearly, this youngster needs treatment and rehabilitation, not imprionsonment in an adult facility.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:00 pm
Wow, disturbing story - I've signed the petition.
 

Sandy G. (35)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:02 pm
Sorry - imprisonment.
 

Teresa P. (128)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:06 pm
Humane Treatment for Blade Reed
Your signature has been delivered to: Governor Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:09 pm

Such hearts . . . (the reason I joined Care2).

Please, PASS THIS ON, so that Blade doesn't turn 16 while still imprisoned at an adult facility.

Thank you, ALL!
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:12 pm

"Friends are the family you choose for yourself."
— Melanie Matson

Make Blade your friend . . . he could use one.
 

Jose Ovidio Perez Morel (44)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:17 pm
Signed and shared...................
 

Alice B. (241)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:18 pm
NOTED & SIGNED. I am retired now but worked for several years as a legal staffperson for our local County Attorney's Juvenile Prosecution Section. During my job there was the time that "adult certification" of juveniles, sentencing them as adults and placing them in adult 'correctional' facilities, was brought in. It was brought into law primarily to deal with extremely vicious gang crimes and/or extremely brutal rapes and murders. This particular boy's case does not rise to the level that adult certification was designed for, albeit his crime was a dreadful one. The cynicism of sending a young boy to be "fresh meat" to either guards, in solitary, and/or to fellow prisoners in a 'regular' [sic] cell block is CRIMINAL in my opinion. Juvenile sentencing is supposed to take into the account the possibility for remorseful rehabilitation. It is clear that in this case the opposite has taken place: SADISTIC PROSECUTION. Instead of dealing with adult domestic violence and rapes, pedophile rings and human/sex trafficking, this case is the kind of "target" our legal system fastens on. In doing so the legal system only demonstrates its callous disregard for the most prevalently WORST crimes - and its willingness to torture and destroy a young person as an act of political opportunism of the most cynical kind. "Our tax dollars at work" - yeah, right - as per usual.
 

Robert S. (115)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:32 pm
Noted and signed. This kid should not be in adult prison. Period. They will be drawing cards to see who gets first shot at him. Solitary is not the answer.
 

Karen S. (106)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:43 pm
This is outrageous. Here is a damaged child who seems destined to be taught to become a more hardened and more violent adult offender. This is clearly not a program designed for reform. He seems a likely candidate to be asking for a rope and a chair......signed, of course. Thanks Carole.
 

Jaclin S. (230)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:45 pm
TY Just Carole noted/signed posted on FB. This is absolutely ludicrous this young boy for that is all he is - yes he committed a bad crime - but never should have been tried as an adult for that he is most certainly not - and most certainly not be sent to an adult facility full of harden criminals - of what use would that be??? Then there is the sentence - 30 yrs??? Absolutely foolish!!! - Peace & Harmony
 

Kara C. (15)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 4:58 pm
Let me be the first to say that i have read what Blade did and he must be punished for what he did. Yes he may have been coerced and had a hard childhood BUT that is no excuse for murder and beating an old man half to death. If he did not want to do it then he should have said no and if his disability is to be blamed then he is even more dangerous.
Lock him up and throw away the key, some people do not belong in society and if he is let off as a child we will be hearing a lot more about him for far worse things as an adult. Plus this might set an example for some kids who think they will get away with violent crimes (as they usually do).
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:03 pm
 
Stephen's site to aid juvenile detainees:
 
http://www.justicefordjinn.org/
 

MICHAEL K. (5)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:04 pm
Noted
Thank you
Michael K.
 

Sarah Cole (2)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:06 pm
noted and signed
 

(0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:06 pm
Throwing a now 15 year old into an adult prison makes absolutely no sense. Not only then is he paying his debt to society, we are placing him in an extremely dangerous situation. Considering he was 14 when sentenced, even if he serves his whole sentence, he will only be 44 when released. Are you willing to now after 30 years of imprisonment where he most likely is raped and beaten to release him to a society or wouldn't it make much more sense to place him in a facility geared to his age where he can also receive the help he needs and where upon release from that facility he is no longer a danger to society. Should we allow this child's life which was crap up until now, just have more heaped on him? That is not justice, that is revenge.
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:08 pm
To Kara C.,

Blade did not murder anyone, it was his oldewr brother who committed the murder. Blade remained outside during most of what happened. Yes Blade did cut the woman's throat, which was awful, but his older brother did say to him that "there can be no witnesses". I am not excusing his behavior, but I have come to know him very well and he is truly sorry for his actions.

Once again all I have ever asked is that he be reevaluated to check for autism and other disorders and move him to a proper juvenile facility where he will receive the proper care and treatment. No one has stood up for Blade before, I am and will continue too. No child should ever have to go through what he's been through and c ontinues to go through now.
 

Kellie McMaster (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:11 pm
Oh my god, this is sickening. I understand that he needs to have consequences for his crimes, but no way should he have to be in a high security adult's prison. If anything it is going to make his situation worse. He will need to fight to get respect there, as mentioned in a comment above, this is already happening. I thought prison was supposed to be about rehabilitation, obviously that is seriously lacking here. Signing and passing along.
 

(0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:13 pm
Stephen - It is wonderful that Blade finally has an advocate. Most children naturally have an advocate through their parents, but obviously was preyed upon. You are truly an inspiration.
 

Susan D. (116)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:20 pm
Noted and signed. This damaged boy has psychological issues and is obviously easily led. Who can say what effect a year in solitary confinement will do to him? He will likely self -harm. As for putting him with the adult crims, what a stupid idea! Not only will he be at 100% risk of rape and sexual abuse, he will almost certainly be corrupted into a life as a criminal (should he ever be released) as everyone knows that prisons are the Academy of Crime.
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:25 pm
Signed and noted, juveniles DONOT belong in aduly prisons. Blade needs help not such severe punishment. He will likely be a victim in prison.
 

(0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:31 pm
I wonder if aggravating and mitigating circumstances were introduced upon sentencing?
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:58 pm

(please report the spammer)
 

James W. (264)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 6:09 pm
SIGNED #617 NOTED AND SPAMMER REPORTED
 

Lillian Swanson (22)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 6:38 pm
Signed... After reading the story I was shocked at the sentence this young person received.
 

Vivien Green (150)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 6:44 pm
Noted and signed this young man needs help.
 

Martin Thomas (0)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 7:02 pm
This child needs help, not prison. Give him his meds and have a real doctor decide his fate. The judicial system does'nt look at the whole situation and put people where they don't belong. If put in a similar situation, they would want help also. As we all know that the law makers have themselves protected.Shame on the judge.
 

Lyn Z. (292)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 7:20 pm
Lyn, You signed on September 12, 2010.
 

Ness F. (211)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 7:40 pm
Noted and signed with Thanks.
 

pj d. (57)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 7:43 pm
Phoebe, You signed on July 12, 2010

thanks Carole
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 7:45 pm

This is soooooooo pleasant! I couldn't give many of you green stars (cuz you're just too darned good and I ran out) *wink*, but I sure do 'preciate ya!
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 7:49 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Monique Pouchet (236)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 7:57 pm
Noted and signed. It should be illegal and it's to make him become really very dangerous when he will goes out.
 

Brinda Davis (61)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:02 pm
I signed and sent! I'm still shaking my head! I cannot believe this crazy story! It hardly seems real! I am so sorry for this boy!!! [ 14 ] is a baby!!!!!!! My heart bleeds for him! What is wrong with our broken justice system?????? ANYWAY I SIGNED AND PASSED ON TO OTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:05 pm

Thanks, Monique and Brinda . . . Kinda makes you wonder, huh? I mean, if us "common folk" already know that's what happens, what on earth are the decision-makers thinking????
 

Frank Lornitzo (8)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:08 pm
I'm afraid someone is going to kill him or he will kill himself.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:13 pm

It's funny, Frank, but I now find myself worrying about him, and imagining what's going through his mind. And we never even heard of him until today. I'd imagine that others are doing the same.

Good hearts always have room for another one.

 

Mary Roberts (40)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:14 pm
I'm always surprised how many people forget that most teens don't stop and think about whether or not something is moral, dangerous, or illegal before doing it. Sure, if you put them on the spot and ask them whether its right or wrong they can answer, but most of the time they just don't stop and think until after the fact.He is a child and should not be in an aduit prison, he will be rape and sexual abuse,he has psychological issues.I agree Alice B-I work as a nurse and see the young boy's from prisons so heartbreaking.
 

Tatiana T. (96)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:15 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Carole for bringing this to our attention.
 

Sandra Watson (75)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:31 pm
sorry, but I cannot sign this because it does not tell the real story.

Brown County
Blade Reed, 14, sentenced to 30 years in home invasion, attack
By Laura Lane 331-4362 | llane@heraldt.com
December 7, 2009

The teen will now spend the next 14 behind bars for his part in a brutal attack against elderly neighbors last year that left 84-year-old Richard “Dude” Voland dead and his wife of almost six decades shot and stabbed.

The then-13-year-old admitted he sawed back and forth on the woman’s neck with a kitchen knife.

Reed will be incarcerated with other youthful violent offenders in a special housing unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Carlisle.

http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2009/12/07/news.qp-3072806.sto

 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:35 pm

No truth was withheld, Sandra. I don't condone obfuscation.

Please read the following (in its entirety):


Tippers a. (74)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:43 am
NASHVILLE — Physical and sexual abuse as a toddler followed by emotional trauma, foster care placements and then adoption into a dysfunctional family marked Blade Reed’s first 14 years.
 

John Farnham (53)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:40 pm
Solitary is torture which quickly drives people mad. This only sets the bar that much more below what sane people concerned with results of actions rather than any other criteria would entertain as responsible governance overriding individual freedoms. Better for him if he is autistic - not sympathizing with others. Certainly others - have not exhibited any evidence of being concerned with and for him.
Sympathy. Where would he learn such dysfunctional ideas the way he has been treated ?
 

Karla H. (6)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:40 pm
988
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:43 pm

Also, it was CLEARLY stated in my opening comment what the petition is requesting -- and it is NOT vindication:

"This petition hopes to achieve these goals:

1) To have Blade Reed professionally evaluated and treated for possible undiagnosed mental disablilities,
2) To re-examine and overturn the assignment of one year in disciplinary solitary confinement for a replacement of a more humane discipline for Blade Reed ,
3) To re-assign Blade Reed into an age and developmentally appropriate program, whereas, he would receive much needed psychological care, education and life skills training through counseling."

Further, one of the petition sponsors (Stephen) stated:

"Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:08 pm
To Kara C.,

Blade did not murder anyone, it was his oldewr brother who committed the murder. Blade remained outside during most of what happened. Yes Blade did cut the woman's throat, which was awful, but his older brother did say to him that "there can be no witnesses". I am not excusing his behavior, but I have come to know him very well and he is truly sorry for his actions.

Once again all I have ever asked is that he be reevaluated to check for autism and other disorders and move him to a proper juvenile facility where he will receive the proper care and treatment. No one has stood up for Blade before, I am and will continue too. No child should ever have to go through what he's been through and continues to go through now."

No one is trying to paint Blade as innocent . . . we are merely stating that there are circumstances that should be more carefully considered in order for him to emerge from this as a whole human being, capable of contributing to society.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:52 pm

Please remember that we are speaking of a disturbed (and possibly mentally disabled) YOUNG man (14 at the time), who is not facing a LIFE sentence; but one that, with 30 years of being subjected to pedophiles and hardened criminals, may turn him into something none of us want to see released.

And, that's just the selfish side of us, looking to protect those he'll encounter (with years of nightmarish living and revenge having been built up). The humanitarian side of some of us wants to see those years spent with the optimistic outcome of rehabilitation -- the renewal of purpose and joy of living.

At least, that's how I see it.
 

Shirley S. (174)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:31 pm
Noted & signed with FERVOR
 

Henry P. (171)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:50 pm
Noted and signed Thanks Carole
 

moggy w. (119)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:16 pm
signed, thank you Carole for writing about it. why are we so willing, even eager, to spend so much time ad money on jails, but not on anything that might have prevented any of this- like proper medical diagnosis and treatment, counseling, a decent environment to live in??...........and solitary confinement is an inhumane punishment that should be outlawed. it's mentally inhumane for anyone, beyond a day or 2.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:28 pm
We have signed and must say this is so appalling - didn't think this would be allowed in a so-called humane society. This boy must have special needs provided for him in order that he may eventually find his place in society.
 

Hugh M. (75)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:33 pm
Yet another story of gross injustice from the ad hoc punitive system that is called justice in America. Here is the comment I addd to the petition Just, my friend. "The treatment of this offender by the courts contravenes well established principles adhered to through the developed world. That he is a minor, possibly a developmentally delayed and therefore disabled person, might be disabled through metal illness, and is a victim of severe childhood abuse are all conditions that in a credible system of justice would prevent him from being placed in the harsh conditions he is in. Please review not only this boy's sentence but the whole system of justice that enabled some jurisprudent, ill trained in the principles of modern law, to impose it."
 

Judith C. (110)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:40 pm
sadly signed
 

Jane Parker (70)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:40 pm
I get fed up with excuses being made for bad behaviour. What about the victim. There was 'severe bodily injury' caused here, as well as robbery. How badly hurt is the victim? Is the victim crippled? He had abused his own parents. When he caused bodily injury to somebody else - he knew what he was doing. NO I will not sign!
 

Evelina Zaharieva (8)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:02 pm
They should not lock him at all. At the age of 14 who is acting rationally? He should be put in a school to study hard, not be treated as a grown person who is responsible for his actions. Children are the product of society and they should not suffer because of it! WE as adults should take the responsibility and admit that children commit crimes because they see adults doing it...
 

Lena Rehberger (109)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:44 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thanks for posting ^^
 

Sandra Watson (75)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 11:59 pm
The petition states -
"It is important to note, almost immediately after the crime, Blade accepted responsibility and displayed extreme remorse for his actions..."

This is not accurate. The crime took place in November of 2008 and the boys were not arrested until January of 2009.

Also -
His brother had buried both guns, the sweatshirt he was wearing, the shell casings and a bottle of alcohol in a backpack across the creek from the Reed house, but Blade Reed dug up the guns and hid them in a desk drawer in his room when he heard that police were searching the area around the creek.

www.browncountyindiana.com/index.php?id=176

---

The petition states -
"Blade was sentenced, as an adult, to serve 30 years..."

but they fail to clarify that he is serving 14 years, not the full 30 years.

http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2009/12/07/news.qp-3072806.sto

--

The Petition states -
"Blade Reed, currently housed in the adult maximum security prison, Wabash Correctional Facility, (Carlisle) Indiana."

But they fail to include that -
The adult prison system operates a special section for youths incarcerated as adults that segregates offenders younger than 18 from older inmates.

The unit, located at Wabash Valley Correction Facility near Terre Haute, houses about 50 adult offenders younger than 18 with convictions ranging from theft to robbery and murder.

It provides programs which focus on offenders’ education, offering literacy, pre-GED and GED courses, and individualized treatment, such as anger management, is provided as necessary.

The prisons’ goals focus on rehabilitating offenders and preparing them to re-enter into society.

Rich Larsen, Wabash Valley public information officer, said the average age of youths incarcerated as adult offenders is 16.

http://www.browncountyindiana.com/index.php?id=167
 

Sandra Watson (75)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:05 am
The victims -
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?s=9365167
 

Penelope P. (222)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:06 am
noted sign3\ed
 

Cindy Black (61)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:25 am
THANK YOU, CAROLE. I specialize in bipolar, which is very redundant with ADD/ADHD. As we all know, this disorder is marked by very poor impulse control, poor ability to handle stress, and inappropriate, over-the-top behavior -- as well as occasional episodes of florid psychosis and complete disorientation. Add to that a 13-year-old's limited social/intellectual development, the damage caused by early abuse and the brother's influence at the scene... and you have someone NOT AT ALL APPROPRIATE for adult prisons and solitary confinement, no matter what the crime. Sounds like they really messed up on this one...
 

Ivy S. (2169)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:38 am
It's so disgusting to hear how injustice is done to the poor kids! Hope God will save and protect America!!!
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:39 am
Wendy - this boy has issues that should have been addressed a long time ago. With proper care and treatment this may very well have been avoided. However his crime does not constitute 30 YEARS of possible abuse in prison.
 

Arild Warud (166)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:50 am
# 1,039: 8:48 am, Sep 13, Arild Warud, Portugal,
Horrible story,TY for the post "C"
 

gerlinde p. (161)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:03 am
signed
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:03 am
Sorry Patrica and edw, it is because of 'do gooders' that these bullies are treat with kid gloves. What would you say if he beat your family up? I say he should have thought of the sentence facing him when he was beating and robbing people. In fact - 30 years isn.t long enough!!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:07 am
Sending a Green Star to Carol is a simple way to say "Thank you"

Signed, Thanks Carol

 

Ronni G. (108)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:19 am
Worst case scenario; this young boy will learn his morals from adult inmates who have set morals aside. He will go from bad to worse and probably live his whole life incarcerated in jail. Is this what we want for our children? Most definitely not!
Sadly, I ma unable to sign because I am in Groundhog Day on petition site, going round and round being offered a petition I signed last week. I shall, however, forward to my friends.
 

Dave Kane (308)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:22 am
NASHVILLE — Physical and sexual abuse as a toddler followed by emotional trauma, foster care placements and then adoption into a dysfunctional family marked Blade Reed’s first 14 years.

The teen will now spend the next 14 behind bars for his part in a brutal attack against elderly neighbors last year that left 84-year-old Richard “Dude” Voland dead and his wife of almost six decades shot and stabbed. A judge sentenced him today to 30 years in jail, of which he will serve half; he gets credit for nine months spent in jail since his arrest.

Reed’s older brother Bennie, 17, fired the shot that killed Dude Voland and also the one that struck Mary Voland in the stomach. He received a 60-year sentence for murder and aggravated assault. He likely will serve half of his time.

MORE: Previous stories in the murder of Richard "Dude" Voland

The Reed brothers rode their bicycles a mile or so to the Volands’ Helmsburg home in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2008, intending to steal beer. The two took along a .25 caliber handgun stolen from another neighbor. They knocked on the door and asked to use the phone. When Bennie Reed pointed his gun at Dude Voland and said “no one needs to get hurt,” the 50-year National Rifle Association member drew his own weapon. Reed tried to knock it from the man’s hand, and a bullet fired from the gun hit him in the arm. The teen then fired back, and a bullet from the stolen gun struck the man in the head.

Bennie Reed then shot Mary Voland in the stomach with her husband’s handgun after she came out of the bedroom and provided medical care to her husband and also to Reed.

As the boys were leaving the house, without beer and wearing bloody clothes, Bennie Reed told his brother to cut the woman’s throat since she had witnessed her husband’s shooting. The then-13-year-old admitted he sawed back and forth on the woman’s neck with a kitchen knife.

This afternoon, he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and robbery resulting in serious injury. He told his 78-year-old victim he was sorry, that he wished he had never gone to her house that night, that he would take it all back if he could.

During a previous hearing back in November, Brown Circuit Judge Judith Stewart determined that despite an agreement between the prosecutor and defense attorney that Blade Reed should spend the time until his 18th birthday not in prison but at the Indiana School for Boys with other offenders his age, the law does not allow that placement. So Reed will be incarcerated with other youthful violent offenders in a special housing unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Carlisle.

Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver said justice was served. “This plea was justice. He committed an adult crime and he has received adult consequences,” Oliver said in a written statement. “Blade Reed pled guilty to what he agreed with his brother to do that night, which was to commit an armed robbery. He received the maximum disposition for his attack on Mrs. Voland.”

Cited among aggravating circumstances at the sentencing hearing was the recognition that the boys played on Richard Voland’s kindness to gain entry to his home that night. Oliver listed three mitigating circumstances: the boy’s age, that he didn’t intend for anyone to get hurt and his accepting responsibility for his actions.

Oliver said the violence of the attack left sleepy Brown County shaken. “This crime was traumatic to the whole community and I hope closing it out will provide peace to the Voland family and restore some sense of peace to our community,” he said after Reed had been taken away from the courtroom and the Voland family dispersed.

“This doesn’t happen in Brown County.”

-- Sounds like they locked up the wrong kid -- his brother sounds like the guilty one.
 

Dave Kane (308)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:37 am
These kids need therapy but I ain't got no sympathy for either of them. The sentence and the place they're in ain't right but they did wrong ( to put it mildly) and they deserve to be punished. More than that need to be healed.

Of course he did slit the woman's throat.
 

Sue D. (156)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:02 am
Signed and noted. Some of you have said it much better than I ever could - Dandelion, Just Carol and Bridgett...others too. As for Wendy F... would you say the same about a pit bull trained to fight like Vick's dogs? Guess they should have all been put down because they didn't 'behave'? NOTHING said he was a bully, but it did say he had been abused many different ways his whole life AND has mental conditions AND was being coerced by his brother. You want to deny him justice now, after receiving none for the first 13 years of his life? Children need to be taught by example and are not completely mentally developed until about 21 years of age. Even with time left before his 21st birthday, there could be hope that he can be rehabilitated and given the medications & treatment he needs to lead a productive life. There are cold blooded adult murderers that get less than 30 years, for heaven's sake!
 

Krasimira B. (175)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:20 am
Yes, Blade is now about 15 years old. I make a mistake in my last posting. Sorry! Blade needs a punishment, but not like an adult. I have read every posting about this heavy crime. Blade is a child and should not be in prison for adults, he will be rape and sexual abuse, he has psychological issues too. By the way, if he stay in prison for adults, for him is better to be incarcerated, because ONLY THERE HE WILL BE SAFE. It is sad, but I have some experience about the prisons in USA. I sign virtual again! Sorry for my bad English.



 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:44 am
Sorry to disagree Sue D, but this brute is clever enough to show great remorse, and do you know why - it is because he has been caught. If he hadn't been caught then he could be onto your family next and would you be so forgiving if he slashed your mother's throat? It is the victims I sympathise with 10% not this bully. In fact he is very lucky to be in prison, because if he entered my property and turned on my family he wouldn't have got out alive! Now would you say I am wrong for looking after me and mine?
 

(0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:21 am
"Sorry to disagree Sue D, but this brute is clever enough to show great remorse, and do you know why - it is because he has been caught."

He was thirteen years old with ADHD and you think that he could win an Oscar for his performance? I sympathize with the victims, but considering his life, don't you have any sympathy for him. His parents had treated him horribly, the system which was supposed to protect him, didn't and in addition, he has a myriad of mental health issues.

"but they fail to clarify that he is serving 14 years, not the full 30 years."

Who, in the United States, ever serves their whole sentence? I don't see why this is an issue and don't think that there was any attempt to conceal this, as it is mentioned through out the thread.

I think many take it as if we are all advocating that he not be punished at all. As Carol stated, "
Sunday September 12, 2010, 8:43 pm

Also, it was CLEARLY stated in my opening comment what the petition is requesting -- and it is NOT vindication:

"This petition hopes to achieve these goals:

1) To have Blade Reed professionally evaluated and treated for possible undiagnosed mental disablilities,
2) To re-examine and overturn the assignment of one year in disciplinary solitary confinement for a replacement of a more humane discipline for Blade Reed ,
3) To re-assign Blade Reed into an age and developmentally appropriate program, whereas, he would receive much needed psychological care, education and life skills training through counseling."



 

AniMae Chi (410)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:42 am
VILE!!
Children & Animals are in cages & NUTTERS are roaming free..
 

Ben Oscarsito (334)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:52 am
Signed...
Where I come from, this could never happen, that's for sure!
 

Sue D. (156)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:20 am
Well, Wendy, it is your right to disagree. I tend to look at things from a different angle and believe in taking ALL things into account and the circumstances within the entire situation. Not saying he shouldn't be punished. I don't blame anyone for protecting themselves, but when all is said and done & after the fact, Revenge is not the answer. A term used against this boy is 'slashed' the woman's throat with a KITCHEN knife, (which often means a 'butter/table' knife) and gave the statement that he "he sawed back and forth" tells me that it was NOT a Butcher or other sharp-bladed knife or she 'would have' died without a doubt. This shows his lack of commitment to 'kill' her in the first place and he didn't kill her. Everyone deserves a second chance in life, especially when it is a child with all his problems. IMHO
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:21 am
I would just like to ask all of those who feel the need to treat the brute with kid gloves - have you given a second thought to the innocent victims and their families grief?
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:21 am
To Wendy F.,

To clarify Blade's situation. He was sentenced to 30 years. In the state of Indiana, you usually receive 2 for 1, meaning he COULD have been released in 14 years, but as I stated earlier and as the petition states, that Blade has been in 3 altercations and due to those altercations he has lost most of that 2 for 1 time and will be doing most of that 30 years straight up. Also once again he is in solitary confinement and has been told he will be in that confinement for a period of 1 year.

I truly understand your feelings and I have never excused Blade's behavior or his part in the crime but he has never been given a fair shake by anyone. When he is released, do you thin k anyone will give him one then? People always remember and that one incident will haunt him for the rest of his life. People say they will give him a second chance but many will always have that feeling in the back of their minds, and won't give him that chance, which is another tragedy in the making.
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:27 am
I feel sad that anybody ends up in prison, no matter who, but at the end of the day my sympathy is always with the innocent victim
 

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:33 am
"The then-13-year-old admitted he sawed back and forth on the woman’s neck with a kitchen knife."

This says it all, if you can't do the time, don't do the crime. What next, a petition for his scumbag brother?
 

Esther Z. (101)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:41 am
Noted and signed.
 

Marty H. (119)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:55 am
Thanks Carole. Noted and signed.
 

Kate Gallagher (1)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:13 am
We have to stop perpetuating evil.
 

Kate Gallagher (1)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:17 am
So sad that our laws allow the perpetuation of revenge.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:18 am
Maybe he was on psychiatric mind-altering drugs at the time? Or high? Don't know. 30 yrs. is way too long for a 14 yr. old and it wasn't even murder. Here in Canada you get 10 yrs. for killing an innocent person with your car while DUI.
And there should be such a thing as age-appropriate sentencing under a certain age IMO.
 

Margaret S. (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:41 am
Gladly signed!
 

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:42 am
Do they not know what happens in prisons? OMG, could they be any stupider?
Gladly signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:48 am
When will INSANITY like these ever end and basic common sense and compassion be resurrected???!!! Just what sort of a world are we living in???


Humane Treatment for Blade Reed
Your signature has been delivered to: Governor Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:53 am

(Please flag the spammer.)
 

milca V. (75)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:14 am
that s not the way to deal with a 14 year old kid... he is not given a chance to correct himself... he s being sentenced to a dead life... shameful! signed!
 

Debbie Johnson (117)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:25 am
My God...Talk about cruel and unusual punishment...Put into an adult prison...and for ROBBERY, at that....Unbelieveable...Signed.
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:38 am
Well said Rosemary. Milca - I cannot believe you find it shameful that some have no sympathy for this brute and also that he may be sentenced to a dead life!! Get on with it, it is what he deserves. Can you imagine the terror and fear that this couple went through, or does that not matter. He was old enough to know right from wrong, and I for one hope he gets a good bloody beating in prison!
 

Astika Bhugeloo (2)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:40 am
terrible. do they really expect him to survive this
 

Jada S. (9)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:02 am
Noted & signed. This child needs professional help, not incarceration with adult offenders!
 

Rhonda Maness (602)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:19 am
Your signature has been delivered to: Governor Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller
 

liz j. (53)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:32 am
Wendy F... No one on here is asking for this child to be treated with kid gloves ... nor is ONE person condoning what went on and the severity of the violence on two elderly people. However... sending Blade into an adult prison will merely make this 'misfit' of a child into a possibly worse adult. He could offend again if not given the help he so clearly needs. You could find yourself on the receiving end of his damaged personality if he is not helped but merely allowed to be damaged further. He has been badly damaged by people he should have been able to trust. That damage will continue and get worse as those predators in the adult system will take every oportunity to use and abuse. Hell he has every right to be angry. BUT treatment is what he needs along with paying for his horrendous actions. I have signed and have passed this on to people whom will look further than their own predjudices. I think you are on the wrong site Wendy.
 

Hanan W. (47)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:33 am
Signed & noted....
 

Terrie Williams (772)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:38 am
# 1,116: 9:37 am, Sep 13, Terrie Williams, TX
 

AniMae Chi (410)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:38 am
WENDY F.!!!
Do you have a problem with comprehending what people are saying here??
NOBODY is saying he shouldn't be punished.
NOBODY is saying he should be treated with kid gloves.
This thread is NOT about the victims.
This thread IS about a CHILD receiving an adult punishment.
see Alice B's comment above, she has worked in the system.
Vent that pent up anger of yours somewhere else,
get a stress ball or a punching bag,
them come back here & be rational PLEASE!
"Get on with it!"
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:52 am
Wendy F....I think you would have very different feelings about this, if you had a child within the system and saw what that system does to a chaild, especially when incarcerated as an adult. I believe that you would want the child in the best environment possible for them to rehabilitate and learn from positive role models. How can what your suggesting be good for any child? All that treatment does is breed more anger and hostility. Blade does need help, but in a place where he is going to learn positive values, ans also that just because the adults in his life have let him down, we're not.

If you went through the abuse and everything else that he has gone through in his life you would have a chip on your shoulders too. What Blade did was awful, but he has the skills of a 10 year old. No one has given him the time of day since his birth and standing up for him now and showing him the right path is in everyone's best interest in the long run.
 

Sandra Watson (75)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:58 am
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

Offender Data
BLADE J REED
DOC Number 196682
First Name BLADE
Middle Name J
Last Name REED
Suffix
Date of Birth 08/02/1995
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Wabash Valley Level 3 Facility
Earliest Possible Release Date 11/26/2037

http://www.in.gov/apps/indcorrection/ofs/ofs?lname=Reed&fname=Blade&search1.x=32&search1.y=15

http://www.in.gov/idoc/2409.htm
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 8:03 am
Sioux. Watch your heart darling, you seem to have so much pent up anger you may be in for an attack. Have you thought about the victims or do you not care?
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 8:45 am
Stephen, I do see and hear what you say and I do fully understand how you see things, but I have suffered in many ways early on in life, but I did not go out and take my anger out on innocent people and that is what I find intollerable. You put over a very empassioned statement I could almost understand - but not quite!
 

Luciana D. (35)
Monday September 13, 2010, 8:52 am
Signed and commented.
 

AniMae Chi (410)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:32 am
Wendy F. i'll say it again for you dear
you are on the wrong thread
this one's about the convicted child
NOT the victims
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:32 am
I don't think a reasoned approach to the consequences an abused child must face for his crimes precludes one from having sympathy for those who became, along with that child, victims of his sad abused life. An eye for an eye is for some the only concept they can wrap their minds around and their sense of justice is as a child's...without temperance, or wisdom. I can not speak for the couple who had such wrong done to them, but neither can anyone else. I only know that in my life, I have forgiven great wrongs done me and those I loved. I did this as much for myself as for those who required that forgiveness. That young man would not have been safe had I come upon the scene and those were my parents...this is true, but nothing will make a wing puller of me and given he is at our disposal to do with as we please, it is our choice. Choices like this decide who we are as well as the fate of this child. No decision will bring the old man back. And with the wrong decision we perhaps loose what is best in us. Not in a moment of anger but with deliberation this choice will be made and therefore does define us. Who are you?
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:34 am

VERY well said, dear friend!
 

J Massetti (11)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:38 am
LET'S PLACE THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS "THE SYSTEM !! " SEXUAL ABUSE-FOSTER CARE- & FINALLY ADOPTION INTO A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY.... THESE CHILDREN HAD THE ODDS STACKED AGAINST THEM ALL ALONG.....WHAT THEY DID WAS HORRIFIC AND CANNOT BE EXCUSED ! BUT TO PLACE A 14 YR. OLD CHILD INTO AN ADULT PRISON WITH CONVICTED FELONS AND CHILD MOLESTERS IS WRONG..REED IS A FOLLOWER !! THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED HIM AGAIN....THE COMPARISON BEING NO DIFFERENT THAN THAT OF A BAIT DOG IN A PIT BULL RING !!!! A JUVENILE FACILITY YES UNTIL SUCH TIME HE BECOMES AN ADULT AND BE SENT TO AN ADULT FACILITY... UNFORTUNATELY HIS LIFE WILL BE CONSUMED WITH FURTHER HATE AND DYSFUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR AS HE LASHES OUT AGAINST THE WORLD FOR THE INJUSTICES DONE TO HIM....
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:41 am
Sioux dear - didn't realize this page was just for you, judging by the number of green stars I have received, I am very heartened!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:44 am
This sentence is setting this teen up for a life of violence and failure. He needs rehabilitation and treatment, not to hang out with 40 year old rapists.

Signed.
 

AniMae Chi (410)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:54 am
Wendy F.
You mean you haven't even realised everyone here exept for one
is totally disagreeing with you?
Peace, Love, & Light Wendy
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:57 am
Pardon, you are beginning to sound like a bit of a yawn ...............................
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:04 am
For every stance taken filled with cruelty, hate and vengeance there are those who will follow...many, who if you say, "just nuke um" will sent you a star. You may of course choose to be flattered. That is your right.
 

Jeannette A. (146)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:12 am
Signed, noted & commented.
We have one young human who has done terrible things and had terrible things done to him. What should be done with him? He exists and will develop into an adult that our society will have to deal with for the rest of his life. Do we let our anger and disgust at the act mean that we take vengeance without the possibility of mercy? Do we see no need to attempt to reclaim this individual from the destructive path he is on? Do we not owe it to his victims to attempt to reclaim some good from this nightmare? He is here, he exists and our anger should not be the deciding factor in his fate.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:18 am

It's a shame I can't send you another green star, Jeannette . . . cuz you surely deserve one!
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:26 am
I agree JC.
I will send one for both of us.
 

Athena C. (8)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:27 am
Noted and signed.
 

Mike M. (54)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:32 am
noted signed
 

Jim Phillips (3209)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:35 am
Petition signed.
.
 

chris b. (2474)
Monday September 13, 2010, 11:25 am
Sadly the crime is in the system that permits it to occur! You will have no doubt noticed my comments on many similar stories concerning the abuse of animals and humans alike and the perpetrations of various violent crimes against both! These are the unfortunate symptoms of a lack of mental health provision made worse by the fact that the problems are only noticed or dealt when an innocent animal or human suffers or is killed! It is a bit like the quality control or rather lack of it in some manufacturing industries that rely on the end user complaining about faulty goods rather than checking their functionality etc before delivery! Even sadder some of the victims of this flawed system don't survive to make that complaint! Discarding a young perpetrator is simply giving up on societies responsibilities! Consigning him to an adult institution is ensuring his further corruption and guaranteeing a lack of rehabilitation!
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 13, 2010, 11:30 am

Thanks for your support, Chris!
 

Merissa S. (15)
Monday September 13, 2010, 11:37 am
Signature #1,186. I do feel sorry for the victims. My heart goes out to the wife for going through such a trauma and losing her husband of nearly 60 years in such a manner but I CANNOT and WILL NOT condone the sentencing of this child. At 14 years old, who was perfect? Yes, he deserves to be punished for what he did but this will destroy him. He hasn't had a normal life up to now and he definitely won't get one if he has to stay there. I've already signed this on Change and will continue to sign as many as it takes until this abomination of "justice" has been corrected.
 

Rose McB (48)
Monday September 13, 2010, 11:41 am
Completely unsympathetic to this. Sorry. This "child" is no child and continually trying to influence emotion by referring to him that way is transparent. He's a young man old enough to know better, as is his older brother. What he and his brother did to these poor people is HORRIFIC! The fact that he may or may not have some mental deficits just tells me, if and when released, he's a prime candidate for recidivism. How far down the garden path have we gone, as a society, that we are spending time and energy whining and puling about two appallingly cold and cruel criminals getting a just sentence and not a word of sympathy for the victims? NONSENSE! Not signing. Sorry.
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:03 pm
"not a word of sympathy for the victims?"
That statement shows poor reading or comprehension skills and is in fact...
NONSENSE!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:04 pm
Noted and signed. This placement is equivalent to torture for this boy.
 

Jo Balltes (44)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:24 pm
This is a child, I am not condoning what he did and I do feel really sorry for the victims... but if you read his story it appears he was abused in many ways. Whatever he has done a child should not be placed with pedophiles and such, particularly after he was repetedly sexually abused. He needs to be place in a young offender's rehabilitation institute. I am not saying he should get away with it I am saying a child should not be housed with adults.
Petition signed already. Thank you for sharing x
 

MmAwayAwhile M. (457)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:44 pm
#1,235 Just "C" -- sorry in a rush and did not read all of these comments! Forgive
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:46 pm

Forgiven! (Thanks for signing.)
 

Sharon S. (8)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:00 pm
signed and here is my comment: Why such a long, harsh sentence for a 14 year old. And if he has medical issues why is he in adult prison and being treated inhumanely? What is wrong with Indiana? I sure won't be traveling to such a backward, inhumane state. I hope Blade gets the actual. real like help he needs. He really should get out of Indiana. Yuk, what a rotten state to live in.
 

Good Bye (43)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:29 pm
Actually, at 26 one's cerebral cortex is moving up on being fully developed.
This is a child who should be in a juvenile facility. Should he be out of jail? Absolutely not. Once blooded, animals which kill are put down. We don't do that with people. Wee can sure see to it that they get decent treatment and serious mental health counseling, though. Statistically speaking, most prison inmates are raped within 24 hours of entering prison. That figure is also true of juvenile facilities. if we stop locking up people ffor victim-less crimes, we could afford to treat the criminals we MUST lock away much better.
 

Brinda Davis (61)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:36 pm
I truely understand the anger and frustration! Yes we must think of the victom! "goes without saying!" But *C* has a RIGHT ON POINT! MUST NOT BE IGNORED! PLEASE LISTEN TO HER MESSAGE! This kid will be releast someday and if he doesn't get the help needed "REHABITATION" then all those years of torture can back fire on our children, our childrens children and so on! BECAUSE HE WILL BE SET FREE! AND OBVIOUSLY HE'S MENTALY ILL! For the sake of all of us and our family and friends we should do what we can to help! Over and over again people get hurt, killed, tortured, etc, etc, etc, by who? " People usualy whom have done this sort of crime before and got released back in society. Because of a loop hole or he/she did their time, what ever? But while locked up they only learned how to be better criminals. I know there are some sick ass monsters out there! But where does it end?
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:45 pm

Thanks, Brinda -- and so many said as much (but better).

The real point is that we are hypocrites if we judge him as an animal -- who treated people horrifically, without regard for their feelings and rights -- and we then proceed to treat HIM as badly. In order to deserve the self-appointment as judges, we have an obligation to rise above the behavior we detest, using wisdom and compassion in our solutions.
 

Brigitte T. (69)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:53 pm
It's clear that some people on this thread shouldn't even be on Care2. What they are saying boils down to :

"ok that boy was sexually abused as a toddler, and who cares if he is autistic bipolar, he messed up real bad so now let's throw him into a pit full of child rapists, let him become the toy of sexual predators and then if he's still alive 30 years later, we don't care if he's an even more damaged and dangerous human being: he'll be released into society but at least he will have been punished for having been abused as a toddler."

People who think like this could be as dangerous as those who attack and hurt harmless old people.... Indirectly they support the increase of violence in society by denying human rights to children.

This boy is a damaged human being but he did not wake up one day deciding to become damaged. He was abused, he was robbed of his innocence, of his childhood. His disorders could well be the result of post stress trauma. It does not mean that he should get away with it, but he needs rehabilitation and proper treatment, in a safe environment. A prison filled with violence and inside crimes is not a place for a child - not just a damaged child - it is not a place for any child.

I know for a fact that in Wabash prison there are lots of sexual predators. Sending children anywhere near them is perversity and sadism. Why not sentence children like Blade to immediate death while you're at it?

Oh and there's not a single person here who condones what this boy or his brother did to the elderly couple.
It was horrific and I am sure that everyone cares about the victims as much as for this young boy.

Violence is always unnecessary, unacceptable and it is wrong. And 2 wrongs never made a right.

 

kaisuorvokki m. (26)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:59 pm
I don´t know what to think, quite frankly. Is he filthy young scum or victim too... or something between? I don+t want him to suffer, but a Bit sympathy to victims would not hurt, either.
 

kaisuorvokki m. (26)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:04 pm
OK, I don´t want to hurt anyone, especially mentally ill. I sign.
 

Kaye S. (45)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:06 pm
I wisht that all systems would work towards rehabilitation.
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:24 pm
The eternal "but". Sympathy for the victims, of which there is much, as you would know if you had read what is above your thought... should not translate into an excuse to torture this kid. And that is what this sentence is, the torture of a poor young wretch who has known no kindness, but only depraved indifference and cruelty. And this "punishment" is done in our name, most probably so a district attorney can run for mayor or some such and should not stand. A juvenile detention center is no cup of tea but prison is hell, even for adults. His sentence is cruel and unusual given his age.
 

kaisuorvokki m. (26)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:35 pm
I don´t want to torture anyone, thank you, especially mentally ill, LIKE I SAID! AND I SIGNED! But all this gushing over his age is rather disgusting.
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:40 pm
His age and background are the pertinent issues in this case. Oh...I'm sorry. Did I gush. Hope none got on ya.
 

kaisuorvokki m. (26)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:41 pm
I was victim of young FILTH and SUCK-UP FRIENDS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH and no one showed a bit of sympathy to me, my trauma was supposedly Borderline disorder. So forgive my reservations, EVEN THOUGH I SIGNED THAT DAMN PETITION!
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:56 pm
Truly sorry for your troubles and lack of sympathy shown your situation. May I offer it after the fact? Your reservations are forgiven but the petition is not damned. It is an effort to shine a light. Peace to those of good will.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:08 pm
I have been the victim of a violent attack, and I don't we should have that much pity for the perpetrator of violence. Let's think about the victim.
 

kaisuorvokki m. (26)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:10 pm
No, petitions like this are never damned. And thank you.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:11 pm
 
FYI . . .
 
A new Care2 group has just started (which I joined):
 
Children's Hope and Voice
 
"The purpose of this group is to promote advocacy for humane treatment of children & teens caught up in the American Juvenile & Adult Judicial Systems."
 
PLEASE JOIN if interested.
 
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:24 pm
a boy that young in prison with adult offenders. is part of his sentence the rapes he has suffered, or will continue to suffer?
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:53 pm
Every case should be examined on its own merits as if someones life depends on our sense of what is just, and right, not through indifference or prejudice which may make of us... only parts of the problem because of axes to grind based on wounds. This young person has done nothing to anyone here, and he is not just young but is quite young and is not just ill but abused from birth, not just perp but victim, He may be lost no matter what we do. If we hope to be Salomon in these things we must look carefully, and from what I see, we should look further, and not away as he lives in a hole. Not yet.
 

Mandi T. (427)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:02 pm
# 1,305: 5:1 pm, Sep 13, Mandi TT, CA
Tks Carol
 

Carrie H. (135)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:12 pm
Sad on 4 ends! has their been any action taken on the foster parents for failure to get him mental help. Has their been any action taken on the state for their failures with this child.
 

AniMae Chi (410)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:31 pm
THAN.Q Brigitte T.
Beautifully said!!!
 

Scott haakon (4)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:45 pm
Not enough information! I would like a lot more information before signing anything! An outline does not do it!
 

Jane R. (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:06 pm
This story is horrific - but we need more - was he placed in an adult facility upon imprisonment? If so, which one? What was the nature of the altercations that landed him in solitary? This is BIG news and needs to be covered by the press and also should be brought to the attention of Amnesty International and the Children's Defense Fund, ACLU, as well as other groups with legal resources. I know you mean well but this petition will get nowhere because of a lack of mainstream media coverage. I share your anger and frustration - I read about the case when he was sentenced and I was shocked that he was held accountable for being brought along on a murder by his older brother. Once upon a time, we recognized that younger kids were not responsible for being talked into these sorts of things by older people - the developmental differences between a 13 and 16 year old is huge. Did this kid spend his 15th birthday in lockdown? If so, that's your story hook - "American boyhood in Indiana - Mentally disabled boy celebrates 15th birthday in solitary confinement -- what will be like when he leaves on his 16th birthday? Then get public health officials nationwide to comment. Look - Indiana has a case pending now of a 12 year old who was coaxed into a murder by a 15 year old and is facing life. But these stories are as common as grass in America. The kid that I really feel sorry for is Deonte Moore in Peoria, who at 13 robbed a bank and for that one offense received a 22 year prison sentence.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:31 pm

Scott and Jane -- The purpose of my posting this story was to promote the petition after I heard of it because it was in need of more signatures.

That is not to say that more isn't being done.  Anyone with questions can do so by contacting the petition sponsor, Justice for Djinn society, Childrens Hope and Voice through the petition, or through the Care2 member who first brought it to my attention, Stephen Sydebotham (Justice for Djinn Society) or Tonya M. (Childrens Hope and Voice).
 
Also, as I mentioned in an earlier comment, Tonya has just started a Care2 group here which needs members:  Childrens Hope and Voice.
 
I'm sure they would more than welcome any assistance or suggestions.
 
 
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:40 pm
To Scott and Jane,

When Blade was first arrested, he was placed in a pre trial juvenile detention center, when the judge agreed that Blade should be tried as an adult, he was then moved to the local adult jail, the Sheriff decided after several months at the adult jail that he should be moved back to the pre-trial juvenile detention center. When Blade was sentenced in December of 2009, he was sent to Wabash. He has spent every day since his arrival there in the adult section of the prison, he has never been with the other juveniles there. The altercations were in regards to other adult inmates making "advances" towards him in which he was forced to defend himself. In prison there is no leeway, if your in an altercation, even if your not at fault, everyone involved gets punished, and usually sent to solitary. With the third altercation he was told his punishment would be solitary for one full year, plus losing most of the good time (2 for 1) and will now be forced to serve almost the entire 30 years he was sentenced to. Also to answer your question, yes Blade spent his 15th birthday on lockdown.

The other two boys your talking about I am familiar with too. The 15 year old, if the judge accepts his plea will be sentenced on September 27th, and the minimum he could receive is 20 years to a maximum of 50. As far as the 12 year old, his attorney has filed another appeal which will bne heard by a higher court, in hopes that they will agree that a 12 year old does belong in the juvenile system. I pray that they do agree and that he will be placed in the juvenile system, a 12 year old in the adult system, would go through the same stuff and maybe worse than Blade is being put through.As far as the 13 year old girl, she received the shaft and nothing was right from that from the beginning, she didn't deserve that either.

Also about Blade the CDF, ACLU, YDF and others have all been contacted about Blade, I am yet to receive a response from them.

You should also know that the local news media coverage of Blade was awful, he was painted as just as bad as his older brother, getting somewhere with them when your talking about a small county, that is not heavily populated and much of the citizens there are older, they play to that. The news media has to be on our side, for much of this to succeed, but they have to be used in the right way or that could hinder more than help.

For all the others who have said that Blade got what he deserved, once again, I think you would feel differently if it was a child of yours that was placed in Blade's situation. No child deserves that type of treatment. I have great sorrow for the Voland family (the on'e attacked here), and there should be repercussions for that, but a 30 year adult sentence, with hardened adult criminals where nothing good can come out of it, is the wrong answer. Were talking about a child who has known nothing but physical, sexual and emotional anguish his entire life, that should be put to a stop now and let some healing begin.

 

Charlene Rush (2)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:50 pm
Our laws, concerning young offenders are totally outdated. Incarceration for our young people should be seperate from adult criminals, whether being tried as an adult or not.
 

Sue D. (156)
Monday September 13, 2010, 8:32 pm
**You cannot currently send a star to Robert because you have done so within the last week.**

Robert, your comment is both reasonable and just. I too, believe that each case should be considered with the circumstances and with a sense of justice, not through indifference or prejudice. I don't agree with most of the 'mandatory sentences' that were placed some 20 (?) years ago, because it does NOT allow a judge to consider the case on it's merits. Sentencing should be appropriate for the victim AND the guilty party, not based on revenge or prejudice. Adult prisons are not there for rehabilitation typically, but for punishment. This boy should be evaluated first and given a just sentence. I would certainly want a judge and jury that used compassion and reason should I or loved ones were in that position, so that is what I would expect for others.

Steven S - thank you for the additional information. I can, and did send you a green star. You are an advocate for those who certainly need one.

 

Gail Lopez (65)
Monday September 13, 2010, 8:53 pm
Signed July 2010, our prayers are with this young boy.
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:16 pm
Petition signed. This boy has been a victim since a baby. Born to abuse, channeled into the very imperfect system of foster care, influenced by a brother who we can assume preceded him in this route, which led him to participate in victimizing others and then ends up being put in the way of being victimized once again in an adult prison, where there is pretty much no hope for him to get any help, only to become more damaged and more dangerous. I cannot feel that justice has been done, and I wonder just how many other stories of this kind are out there, such as the ones cited by Jane R. I also agree with Robert S. that this boy may already be lost to society, but this means its important to review this case not only to possibly help him, but to make an effort that is does not happen to other kids and they end up victimizing someone. Yeah, good luck with that, huh.

Humans are flawed, so it is not surprising that the systems we create and try to run are also flawed.
My son happens to run a home for boys like Blade Reed (pre-crime). All too often kids like this slip through the cracks and aren't helped while they can still be helped. The boys that live there were abused and, because they sometimes exhibit violent outbusts of rage, cannot be put into a "normal" foster home. They have not commited a crime so they can't be put into Juvy. What do you do with these kids? Where my son lives you place them in privately owned (through a whole lot of donation gathering and grant writing) and run homes (which are, of course subject to inspections to make sure they are good places!) when you can. Unfortunately, there are not enough of these to take all the kids that might benefit from them.
I'll hope the petition causes a much closer look as Blade's case and those similar to it.
You know, my favorite line in the movie Parenthood (Steve Martin) is "People have to a have license to have a car. Why don't they need a license to have a kid?"
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:28 pm
When hell freezes over will I raise a single finger to help the violent bastard!! This evil criminal and his older brother committed a home invasion of an elderly couple, killing the 84 year old husband and injuring the 77 year old wife. This pair of violent predators who attacked, killed and injured an elderly couple deserve what they got. At age 13 the evil little bastard knew right from wrong and chose of his own free will to do wrong and now can live with the consequences which is more than one of his vitims will do.
 

Brigit De Wilde (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:41 pm
Noted and signed
 

Lisa P. (49)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:07 pm
Signed!! TY Just
 

Donn M. (56)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:16 pm
Yes, this boy obviously needs help, and also needs a good, long incarceration in an appropriate facility.
 

Brittany Valdes-pages (197)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 12:30 am
What a horrible story of a young child who will be robbed not only of his youth, but of a life. A 13 year old child should not be condemned to this sort of fate. Their brains aren't as developed and they should incarcerate him in a facility that is for children to get rehabilitation. If we don't rehabilitate these children, what will they be like when they are released? This punishment condemns them of a future of dealing with the law. Since he is so young, he should spend his sentence rehabilitating himself so he can return to society and be a function member of society.
 

Marilyn K. (51)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 3:22 am
I hope that this petition together with the outrage of those who signed will bring immediate attention and action to this matter as this young man does not have have endless time before something outrageous is done to him or he harms himself. It sounds as if he is already in the deep depths of despair. He needs adult, caring people who realize the situation and meaningfully reach out to him.
 

Natalie K. (93)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 4:01 am
Even in a healthy person the brain (especially the area involved with controlling impulsivity, etc) does not complete development until at least the 20's. But when you factor in learning disorders, mental illness, and severe abuse while developing, it is clear that this child should not be sentenced as a competent adult. Who knows what abuses he suffered during his "altercations" in prison, which have added to his psychosis, no doubt! Now he is being psychologically tortured as punishment for these in solitary confinement. Please take his shown remorse into consideration and rehabilitate this CHILD instead of making it more likely that he will harm himself and others in the future (which is what you are pretty much ensuring occurs right now).
 

Teresa W. (691)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 4:53 am
Noted and signed, thank you.
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 6:06 am
Noted and signed, the parents should be locked up, and the child rehabilitated.
 

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 6:11 am
Bravo/brava for Wendy, Rose and others for calling it like it is.
 

Melissah C. (389)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 6:25 am
thanks
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 6:37 am
Signed TY Just When are we going to learn that children are not adults.
 

Kristi K. (2039)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 8:16 am
Here's an interesting article about Blade. He was 13 at the time of the crime. It says he has a mental age of 11.
http://www.browncountyindiana.com/index.php?id=175
 

Emily Majors (19)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 8:48 am
thanks
 

Sanjeev Rai (100)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 8:58 am
Signed and Noted.
Thanks.
 

Patricia H. (4)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 9:23 am
Thank you and signed. Three altercations..a 14 year old in a prison with hardened criminals..I can imagine what the altercations were about.
 

Jada S. (9)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 10:19 am
signed earlier
 

Allison Killion (28)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 11:11 am
he needs to be punished but not that way
 

Tonya M. (71)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 1:12 pm
Thanks to all with positive comments. We are gathering many good ideas and greatly appreciate your compassion for this boy.

If your interested in participating in an email & post card campaign, here's the site for the Indiana General Assembly:

Individual House Districts at
http://www.in.gov/cgi-bin/legislative/listing/listing-2.pl?data=district&chamber=House
and
Individual Senate Districts at
http://www.in.gov/cgi-bin/legislative/listing/listing-2.pl?data=district&chamber=Senate
and
MAIN at
House of Representatives
Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(317) 232-9600
(800) 382-9842

Senate
Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785
(317) 232-9400
(800) 382-9467

TDD Telephone Numbers
TDD (317) 232-0404
TDD (800) 548-9517

AND

EMAIL address for all at:
http://www.in.gov/cgi-bin/legislative/contact/contact.pl

AND

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels website: http://www.in.gov/gov/
By Phone: 317-232-4567

By Mail:
Office of the Governor
Statehouse
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797

Or to send the Governor an Email, fill out form on page at:
http://www.in.gov/gov/2631.htm

AND
Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman website: http://www.in.gov/lg/
and By Phone: 317-232-4545

By Mail:
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Statehouse
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797

and her "Constituent Concerns" and email form page at:
http://www.in.gov/lg/2935.htm

May God direct us in making a positive impact on this one boy and this one soul. May God always remind us of how lucky and blessed we are to have him as a loving father who has bestowed his grace on us, each, even when WE did not deserve it and when we have hidden our own evil doings from others who cannot see them, readily.
Just to serve as a reminder, here's a little story:
"And early in the morning He (Jesus Christ) came again into the Temple , and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them."
"And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the Law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou?"

"This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him."

"But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground."

"And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."

"When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?"

"She said, No man, Lord."

"And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:2-11 KJV)

Sometimes we need to refresh our memory.





 

Jane R. (0)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 2:07 pm
Really, you need a White Knight in the mainstream media to take up this cause. The idea of this boy having his 15th birthday in solitary confinement, with a year yet to spend there, after being thrown into the adult section as a fresh fish at age 14 is a really good hook for the national mainstream media. Contact 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper, and CNBC's Keith Oberman. Email to national press outlets like the NY Times with the story, given in basic factual terms. Make it clear that this boy was 13 when his older brother took him on the murder, and that this is a felony murder conviction - he is not accused of committing the act himself. Also, contact Senator Leahy's office and Representative Conyers - make certain that they know about the boy being sent to an adult facility at age 14 - they are rewriting the juvenile code and are the chairs of the Judiciary Committees and need to understand that states like Indiana deserve to have their funding cut off under the Juvenile Justice Act. I feel cheated as an American to know that my tax dollars support states like Indiana when it comes to juvenile justice, and they have zero commitment to rehabilitation. More importantly, write your own members of congress and let them know how you feel. This is not just a state story - it is a national story with national implications because this boy's story will be told worldwide. We all know what his future holds - it is almost merciful that he is in solitary away from adult predators (or so we hope) but his mental health problems seem extreme. A good national media outlet can get national focus on this story and properly shame the people of Indiana. More importantly, a national media outlet can focus on ALL of the stories -- they can mention how everyone seems to be all in a tizzy about that kid in Pennsylvania, but no one seems to be focusing on the Indiana problem -- where a 12 year old has been hauled out on a perp walk in striped prison garb, and this mentally challenged boy just celebrated his 15th birthday in solitary confinement. Where can we get more info on what happened to him, concerning the solitary commitment? Is there a link or additional info? I'd like to send that around to people. Does he still have a lawyer representing him on appeal? Frankly, I'd like to send his paperwork to folks doing pro bono to review and consider for their programs - he's going to need the right legal counsel to take up his appeal ASAP if there is any hope for his survival.
 

Pat B. (354)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 6:29 pm
I have read all the comments on this forum. Human tragedies within these acts of violence, done to an elderly man and his wife, but also this young man, and of his brother. Here in this state, TX., most children who commit 'adult crimes' are incarcerated in juvenile till the age of 18, and then moved to the 'big house' up the road. What disturbs me greatly, is that this young man is emotionally handicapped, with low cognitive skills, and autistic? I am not a therapist, nor a licensed counselor, but I do work with children with emotional and behavioral disabilities, at a school level, 13-15 y.o. range. Blade needs testing by a psychologist to ascertain the disabilities that he has, and to receive the medical and educational standards in prison accorded to every inmate in the prison. BTW, he's too young to be in a facility with men who will target him. I signed, and Carole .....I will be sending you some links for your group. Thank you all for your comments, and thank you, Carole and Stephen for taking the step in the right direction for Blade.
 

Brinda Davis (61)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 8:16 pm
*C* I D honestly feel for this boy he is just a child! In a big bad world! It is very sad indeed he is a victom as well I am thinking of him and I pray to God that he gets sent somewhere safer then an adult prison to serve his time! He does admit his crime and excepts his responsibility when most don't! He obviously needs to be medicated as well and be evaluated properly and taken care of! Some people can be cruel. I forgot to ask. What happened to his brother? Where is this boys family? Will we ever get any updates on Blades story? I hope so I'll pray for him everyday as I've already signed! If there's anything else I can do please let me know I'm happy to do so! I got my family to sign as well!
 

Brinda Davis (61)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 8:29 pm
I ment to say I do feel for this young boy Blade I'm sorry if I sounded as if I did not! Please forgive me hun if I sounded mean, because I'm not that way! I have a middle brother who suffers mental disorders all through his whole life sense childhood! He commited a serious crime as an adult! But as a child the system failed him so much! I can't put into words maybe later! He is in prison now for his life without mercy! He is not a child, but I do know what he went through as a child with mental disabilities! My mother isn't at fault she did her best as a single mom! I just thought you should understandstand that I'm way more understanding then you could ever know! Thank you so much * Just C.*
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 8:59 pm
TO Brinda Davis,

Blade's brother Bennie, was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He is at Wabash as well, but has no contact with Blade, it is not allowed. As far as his family, I don't know of which one your asking about, his birth parents, all that I know mof them is from what Blade told me and he said they were drug addicted, as far as where they are, who knows. As far as Blade's adoptive family, his mother has only gone to see Blade once since he has been at Wabash, and before that she only saw him once while in jail/pre- trialjuvenile detention center. That makes it all the worse, as he has little contact with them. They are under a lot of scruting by DCS in Indiana, because of their dysfunctions. Updates on Blade, they will be givcen thru the new forum site that has been set-up here on Care2 about Blade. Childrens Hope and Voice

Thank You for praying for Blade. He can gather strength from everyone's true kndness here.
 

Jane R. (0)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 8:27 am
Where can we write to Blade? Let's start an international writing campaign so that he has plenty to read while he is in solitary confinement, and let's get the info to the UN and other international groups who can put pressure on the brutal state actors who are involved here. I'm happy to help. This sort of damaging environment can be extremely destructive to adults let alone mentally challenged children. Can he receive packages? Contributions to his commisary account?

I also don't want anyone to get me wrong - I know of the destructive nature of criminals - my younger brother was attacked on a street and permanently disabled. I don't believe in coddling older teens and adults. But I do have a sympathetic spot for a mentally challenged 13 year old who got taken on a murder by his older brother and encouraged to participate in horrid acts. Face reality - this kid would never have done this on his own - that should have been the true test as to whether or not he could be rehabilitated. Let's remember that kids that age can be easily manipulated - Adolph Hitler knew that. Plenty of Hitler youths, some of whom committed horrible atrocities, were rehabilitated. One grew up to be Pope.
 

Tonya M. (71)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 9:26 am
I have added an "ACTIONS TAKEN" thread on the "Children's Hope and Voice Care2 Group" page at
( http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=28339&pst=1285171&saved=1 )

If you have made calls, emailed, written etc. please detail that info in a post on this thread so we may coordinate our efforts.

Thanks to everyone who is trying to help this autistic boy.
hugs from TM
 

Alicia N. (87)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 9:31 am
Signed with thanks.
 

Deb E. (64)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 10:30 pm
If as many people that commented here will join the group Children's Hope and Voice and actually take action - even just an email to the Governor - perhaps we can start to turn this sort of treatment around. What's happening in this world? Carole, thank you so much for bringing this to everyone's attention. Signed and noted.
 

Laurie IS AWAY S. (128)
Friday September 17, 2010, 2:33 pm
Laurie, You signed on September 4, 2010.
Thanks for posting this, Carole!!
 

Dan Holoman (2)
Friday September 17, 2010, 3:01 pm
I was wary until I read his story. I behind you!
 

Judith Corrigan (101)
Friday September 17, 2010, 4:55 pm
If he remains in an adult prison for the full term of his sentence I have no doubt that he will be more of a danger to society when he leaves.Put him in a young offenders institute, for every bodies sake and his!
 

Ruth K. (66)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:16 pm
Adam Ortiz, a policy fellow with the American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center states: “Because the brains of juveniles, particularly the frontal lobes, are not fully developed, youths lack the ability to perform critical adult functions, such as plan, anticipate consequences, and control impulses.”
Juveniles should certainly receive punishment for crimes they commit, but, up to the age of 21, they should not be tried as adults, nor should they receive the same sentences as adults.
 

Ruth K. (66)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:26 pm
Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver said, “...He committed an adult crime and he has received adult consequences.”
That is one of the most ridiculous statements coming from a lawyer. Is there a definition of "an adult crime" in the Brown County law books? Is "an adult crime" any different than "a juvenile crime?" Mr. Oliver, sir, how about you give us that list of adult crimes and the list of juvenile crimes to which you refer.
 

Trish K. (93)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:32 pm
A very sad story of a human life wasted. No child should be in Adult prison. He needs a Doctor to see him and
fight for him. Help Him. Thanks everyone . This site really makes things happen.
 

Just Carole (338)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:38 pm

So true, Trish. When I first happened upon Care2, I was overwhelmed by the envelopment of positivity. (Not to say that there aren't opposing opinions.)

But I knew that I could find, and be welcomed by, whole groups of people who shared my feelings.

I'm glad you also embrace that energy.

 

Corinna M. (40)
Friday September 17, 2010, 9:44 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Brenda Marie C. C. (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 12:42 am
This is terrible to treat a 14 year old like this, are we aware this happens the black children frequently? we must step up to the plate and protect all children. Noted.
 

Hailey Wohlwend (1)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 2:00 am
i'm really sad that this is happening and all, and i do think that what he did wasn't entirely his fault. i mean i have ADHD so i know how hard it can be to control your actions sometimes, and i have a brother whos bipolar - and he gets in trouble at school a lot. when something extreme like that happens to you, you don't really stop to think about what your doing you just act on impulse, then 30 seconds later you look back and you've either hurt someone, or completely alienated them from your life, and you just ask yourself, how did i lose control like that? so i can understand the circumstances under which he was arrested. but how many of you actually know what he did? he and his brother performed an armed robbery, and his brother shot and i believe killed two people, after which he made his little brother, slit the throat of the one who was still alive. and might i mention that his brother shot the woman AFTER she tried to help heal a bullet wound in his arm? despite the fact that he had just killed her husband of almost 60 years?

while blade didn't pull the trigger he still just stood and watched that happen, and then attacked the woman who only moments before had been trying to help him. what he did was wrong plain and simple, and i'll stand by that statement.

however i still don't think that his punishment is justified, the guy was 14, bi-polar, ADHD, and im sure he was under a lot of pressure from a person with a loaded gun, who had just proved he wasn't afraid to use it and might kill him too uf he felt that blade wasn't completely with him. so if your going to do something about this, do it the right way and get the poor kid some help. putting him in a top security prison with pedophiles as his only friends is probably not the best way to help him grow and develop into a kind and loving member of society (but thats just a theory of mine). theres a lot of factors in this story that the article doesn't mention. just thought id point them out for you
 

Spencer Selander (8)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 3:38 am
Signed and noted. A sickening story on so many levels.
 

Jinny L. (69)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 4:53 am
Noted - signed. Thanks Just
 

Susan Duncan (25)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 7:08 am
I feel sorry for the victims, the elderly couple. They had the right to live out their lives, together, in peace. For them to have been forced to endure this horrific trauma is unthinkable. While this young man may have problems, there is scant evidence that either he or his brother could not have possibly known what they did was even remotely wrong. They permanently destroyed the lives of others on a whim, they wanted beer. Hardly an even exchange.

Not every emotionally troubled or mentally disturbed person behaves in such a violent antisocial manner. Those who do must be adequately confined and justice must be served. All of the excuses do not justify the actions. I have a friend whose relative fits the exact profile of this person. When he was young, the worst thing he did was skip school.

This criminal and his brother can never be trusted and should not be allowed back into society for a very long time. He took an active role in a heinous adult crime, he got adult punishment. This person will still have life left to live when he leaves prison. He and his brother robbed the elderly gentleman of the time he had left and viciously attacked the elderly lady who will be forced to live with the scars -- and the nightmarish memories. My sympathy lies with the real victims.
 

Agnes O. (2)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 9:09 am
There is no such thing as an "adult crime." Not anymore.
 

Bekki S. (29)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 6:09 am
Signed.
 

Jane Parker (70)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:37 am
VERY WELL SAID SUSAN. These elderely people must have gone through hell at the hands of these brutes. They may as well have killed the elderely lady too because she will never rest in peace again. Her heart and soul will be broken, as will her family around her. At least these brutes have still got their lives - I only hope they are made to pay in some way.
 

Robert S. (115)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:53 am
"I only hope they are made to pay in some way"

Rest assured that they are paying and will pay every day though it seems their torture could never meet or sate your righteous need for satisfaction. Rest easy. They are in hell.
 

(0)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 9:01 am
I don't think that there is any lack of sympathy for the elderly victims and their family on anyone's part. The issue at hand is do we allow a child with recognized mental illness issues to be thrown to the wolves? Do we believe in humane treatment especially for child prisoners? Do we believe that a child's emotional make-up differs from that of an adult? Do we believe in rehabilitation or just revenge?

Blade will be released from prison at some point. Even if he serves his complete sentence, he will still be relatively young when released. He will have many years to live within society. Would you rather have a prisoner released who has received treatment, treated humanely and received a transition into a new life into society or would you rather let him rot in prison for 30 years where he has received nothing but abuse and no real treatment program and welcome him back into society? You may not be around in thirty years, but your children will.
 

Sue D. (156)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 7:55 pm
Excellent points, Margaret! No one has said they don't have sympathy for the victims, their suffering and loss. They are deserving of all the thoughts and prayers that help them through the pain of all they went through and will have to get through over time.

I believe though, that people need to look into their hearts to not only the here and now, but the effects of this crime that will also be with the perpetrators. This youngest boy, Blade, will have his entire life to think about what happened and his part in it. Will he learn more of the same he grew up with and believe he has no other option than attack, hate, prepare for the worst & get others before they get you? Just like he's lived so far in his short 14 years. Or will he learn better ways to cope with his personal hardships, mental issues and abused history? If people can't look beyond the "right now" anger they feel for what he's done, they are no better than those who originally took his childhood and betrayed everything adults are supposed to protect children from and no different than Blade was at the time he committed this crime (un-worthy of compassion, only worthy of shame and retribution). It is sad when adults can't even see when they need to act like adults themselves.
 

Jan Billy Pedersen (44)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:39 pm
Noted ande Signed
 

Jane Parker (70)
Monday September 20, 2010, 1:24 am
I think it is very sad Robert when you can't give your point of view without resorting to attacking people. Yes I will rest assured in my righteous smug little worl, knowing that I am surrounded by children who won't be attacking me!.
 

bffor F. (0)
Monday September 20, 2010, 4:51 am
i say, let's give him a party in prison!!!
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 4:03 pm
Wendy,

We all understand your point of view, this is either a one side or the other issue, there is no middle ground here. As far as you statement about you being surrounded by kids who would never do this, never forget, never say never. What people fail to understand or even choose not to think about is well, what if. If it was your child, or realtives child, or someonce close to you then you would think about what the child was being put through. This is a Christian nation with Christian principles which have been diluted and muddled over the years. My point is this, Blade would have NEVER done this by himself, it's not in his makeup to do such a thing,and had deep reservations while committing what he participated in. Most of the blame has to be put squarely on Blade's older brother as he was the one who forced him into this awful situation. Blade has to bear some responsibility, but to treat him as an adult, when he is not is the wrong thing to do. Also once again Blade has had a very tumultuous short life and has fallen through every crack in the system, so to cover up their mistakes they batter and bruise him more, trying to destroy what threads of love and compassion mean.

Wouldn't you want a second chance, or to have someone help you get that chance? Blade has never been given one chance and to throw him away is one of the cruelest things we could ever do to him.
 

Robert S. (115)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 5:20 pm
This is a Christian nation with Christian principles.

Though this statement reflects your belief, it does not reflect fact, your "Christian" motives not withstanding. You may appeal to another's sense of what Christ may have done but you can not make up your own facts in order to make that argument.
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 5:27 pm

Thank you, Robert. (We seem to be overrun with historical "revisionists.")
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Friday September 24, 2010, 5:38 am
When people feel the necessity of giving perpetrators of crimes a fair shake, humane detention conditions, justice!, it does not mean that they have no feeling or compassion for the victims. I don't see how putting a child into such prison conditions can possible ensure that others will be protected from violent crime. Prison conceived as pure punishment with no programs to ensure personal development, therapy, education, job training rather than conceiving of prison as a space for changing people's lives around with rehabilitation, does not solve the problem of violent crime. There is no betrayal of the victims in seeking to make a productive person out of a child who at 14 lacked the judgement not to commit an offense.

Americans are so religious and yet the States is overly severe in punishing offenders. The message of Jesus Christ is one of compassion, forgiveness, mercy...Yet the same people who claim to love Jesus, demand & vote for the harshest of judiciary & detention systems. I really don't understand.
 

Just Carole (338)
Friday September 24, 2010, 5:42 am

Very well said, dear Jill! Thank you.
 

Robert S. (115)
Friday September 24, 2010, 7:14 am
My theory off the cuff on this (not intended to include all)... is that many of those who need to see the world as explained by magic are at heart afraid, and often with closed minds allowing only that "in" which reinforces what comforts them within an insular framework designed to allow those without curiosity or knowledge, a claim to knowing and an illusion of specialness and safety, based on a club membership with very low standards of admission and an even lower standard of compliance with that asked of them by those they claim to follow. Excepting zealots of course who if you do not comply would burn stone persecute etc.
In the same way many who wrap themselves in the flag have no time for our Constitution and therefor dismiss or twist it, many who wrap themselves in Religion have no time for inconvenient aspects of what is at its heart, and do the same. Therefore hypocrites abound under this canopy of "faithful" "followers".

The desire to have things be simple, fathomable and explained, are symptoms of a never ending embrace of child like need/perspective and children can be among our cruelest inhabitants along with zealots. Cruel, as only those who have all the answers can be.



 

Sue D. (156)
Friday September 24, 2010, 4:53 pm
Robert, VERY well said! If those who 'fit-the-bill' would would honestly try to understand what you said, I would only hope they would absorb those words and find that being a 'follower' without "knowing the full message of who you follow" instead of those that "tell you what the message is" - are not being true to themselves.
I don't know that it could be said any better than how you said it. A leader that says something louder, more forcefully, with a need to condemn or threaten you with 'consequences', often is not giving you the real or entire message - only what he/she wants you to hear.

 

Linda Mills (104)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 2:16 pm
n&s with thanks
 

SANDRA ROCHA (146)
Wednesday October 6, 2010, 6:37 am
Noted and signed! Thank you Just!!!
 

bffor F. (0)
Wednesday October 6, 2010, 9:07 am
Why don't we all save up and give these two thugs a holiday in Florida!!! For Gods sake, we are talking about murderers here!
 

Robert S. (115)
Wednesday October 6, 2010, 2:42 pm
Murderers. OK. Each with their own unique circumstances. Sending the young one to an adult prison begs the question...who/what are we if we condone it.
 

Brinda Davis (61)
Thursday October 7, 2010, 10:18 pm
WOW WEE BLADE WE SURE CARE FOR YOU INDEED! IT TOOK WHAT SEEMED TO ME 5 MINS TO SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE:+) I KNOW I CARE ABOUT BLADE I'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR THAT YOUNG MAN EVERDAY WITHOUT FAIL! HE'S IN MY THOUGHTS MY HEART AND IN MY PRAYERS. LIKE I SAID, "HE'S TOTALLY IN MY THOUGHTS!" I'M LUCKY NOT TO BE IN ANY OF THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES AS HIM. I DO HAVE ISSUES THOUGH BUT THE "POWERS THAT BE" HAS PLANS FOR ME:) AND I'M ON ABIT OF PROZAC AND YEARS OF SEING A SHRINK [what ever you'd rather call it?] I CALL THEM HEAD SHRINKERS......NO SHAME HERE FRIENDS I HAD ALOT OF BAGAGE ON MY SHOLDERS I WAS CARRYING! [SERIOUS NIGHTMARES!] Beyond MEASURE! WHY I'M SPILLING MY GUTS IS BECAUSE YOU AWESOME PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN ME THAT JUST AS YOU ARE FOR SO MANY OTHERS! WE KNOW YOU CARE AND WE ARE NEVER ALONE.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL I'M HEALING BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN STILL TRYING TO HEAL AND LATELY I'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH SERIOUS HEART BREAK WITHIN MY FAMILY AND YOU FRIENDS HERE AT CARE 2 ARE KEEPING ME TOGETHER WHEN EVER I'M ABOUT TO FALL APART! Stephen Sydebotham YOU ARE AWESOME FOR BLADE HE LOVES YOU! YOU ARE GREAT! I LOVE LOADS OF YOU, BUT I CAN ONLY MENTION A FEW OF YOU THAT HAVE HELPED ME OUT IN WAYS I CAN'T PUT INTO WORDS BUT LOVE U ALL SERIOUSLY! Stephen Sydebotham /Just Carole /Sioux D./Cher C./Melissah C./Dandelion G./ETC. YOU DON'T GET MUCH ROOM TO COMMENT ON THESE COMMENT SPACES SO I DO MY BEST. YOU ARE ALL AWESOME, WONDERFUL, CARING, REAL PEOPLE! BACK TO BLADE HE DOES NOT BELONG IN ADULT PRISON UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES AT ALL! THERE HAS BEEN REALLY SICK EVIL CASES HE DOES NOT FIT WE NEED TO GET HIM OUT OF THERE! AND AGAIN WHERE IS HIS BROTHER? WHERE IS HIS SICK FAMILY? WHY DOESN'T THE SYSTEM THAT FAILED HIM BEFORE HELP HIM NOW?!? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS??????






 

Brinda Davis (61)
Thursday October 7, 2010, 10:30 pm
BY THE WAY I ALREADY SIGNED GLADLY ON:
Brinda, You signed on September 12, 2010.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Governor Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE
I CAN DO PLEASE WRITE ME IN MY CRAZY EMAIL BOX I'LL DO MY BEST TO GET BACK
ASAP AND HELP ANY- WAY- I - CAN I REALLY WANT TO! I CAN ALSO WRITE TO HIM AND SEND
HIM CARE PACKAGES IF ALLOWED? SO HE DOES NOT FEEL ALONE.
MY DAUGHTER IS A POET AND MY ELDEST IS A ARTEST GOOD DRAWER WE CAN SEND PICTURES OF ANIMALS OR WHAT EVER HE LIKES? PLEASE JUST LET ME KNOW ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.
THANKS,
BRINDA D XOXO
 

AniMae Chi (410)
Friday October 8, 2010, 5:35 am
You cannot currently send a star to Brinda because you have done so within the last week.
 

bffor F. (0)
Friday October 8, 2010, 10:49 am
Couple of knives might come in handy!
 

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 11:45 am
bffor F.

FYI, Blade is not a murderer, Bennie his older brother committed that act. Blade did "hack" on the womans neck, but I hardly consider az butter knife something that will do much harm. Once again, I do not condone his actions, and I do have much sympathy for Mrs. Voland for what she has gone through and felt, but I know Blade personally, you do not. For you to sit here and make offensive remarks about someone you know nothing about is uncalled for. Blade made a very big mistake, and has/is paying a huge price for that. Blade has had many setbacks in his life and no one EVER helped him get up or have a decent life. Well, I will stand up for him and I for one consider your remarks below the belt.

YOU WILL NEVER understand what it's like to have a child in the system, unless it happens to you, or a close friend, then you will truly understand what they go through and are put through themselves each and every day in the system. You would have a much different attitude about things then you do now. Do you approve of Blade's treatment so far in the system?
 

bffor F. (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 2:48 am
O.K. What's your problem, give him a butter knife! Just trying to keep the little lad happy like you are. Quite honestly I wouldn't brag about knowing somebody like that.
 

bffor F. (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 2:51 am
Okay, what's the problem - give him a butter knife! But quite honestly I wouldn't brag about knowing somebody who has attacked an elderely couple.
 

Milena K. (244)
Monday November 1, 2010, 1:40 pm
Signed and noted. Sorry for the delay...
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (275)
Wednesday November 10, 2010, 12:34 am
signed with pleasure
 
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