Teen tragedies prompt questions about why no one helped

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Separate cases with a common thread.

In April, 17-year-old Boydshiro Maycry was found dead in the middle of the road near Sandy Beach. Honolulu Police say he likely fell out of a moving vehicle.

There was also the deadly truck crash on June 15, where 16 people piled in the truck ran off leaving one person dead, possibly a teenager who’s been missing since the accident.

“Part of the problem is people panic and don’t know they can help or that they should help,” educational psychologist Dr. Allana Wade-Coffee said.

Counselor Dr. Wade-Coffee says the shock of an accident can take a back seat to the fear of getting in trouble.

“We talk a lot of adolescent development and their brain doesn’t fully finish developing until 25. There’s got to be some of that at play here they are just not fully mature,” Dr. Wade-Coffee said.

She emphasizes that teens do know the difference between right and wrong and that can catch up with them as the severity of a situation sinks in.

“What’s going to come if I hasn’t already is residual feelings of guilt, shame, embarrassment,” Dr. Wade-Coffee said.

It’s those feelings that can cause a person to clam up and stay silent.

In both recent tragedies, police want the people who were with the victims to come forward with information. But some stories aren’t matching up.

“When it happens it’s a ripple effect and impact everyone in the community,” Kupu staff member Roy Carroll said.

Carroll helps mentor and empower young adults in the community through the nonprofit organization Kupu and sees these two tragedies as a call to action.

“I think out of this we need our communities to take back our communities to get involved with our kids. We all used to sit at the dinner table and have conversations that’s no longer happening in the homes,” Carroll said.

Carroll and Dr. Wade-Coffee agree teens also need to take responsibility.

“Very hard lesson for the youth out there to make wise choices,” Carroll said.

“Please choose your friends wisely, choose them for their judgment and choose them for what they would do not when times are good, cause we’re all friendly then, but what will your friends do when things are challenging and when you’re in trouble,” Dr. Wade-Coffee said.

Police say parents need to step up to prevent another tragedy from happening.

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