The Pen Project Volume 1 Issue 2 - Page 88

my poor decision making being a teenager testimony by: Frederick Herrington How many people when they were young said, “When I get older, I want to be a prisoner.” I believe that no one said that at a young age. Most youth said, “They want to be a policeman, fireman, doctor, singer, scientist, or some type of sports figure.” Most men in prison didn’t say, “When I grow up, I want to be an inmate.” I believe the little things I thought were fun when I was younger, opened up the door for greater trouble. As a young person, I was very curious about life. My friends and I used to get into a lot of trouble, but we thought it was fun at first. When I was young, my friends and I used to ride around in stolen cars for joy rides. My friends kept on stealing cars, because they got away with it. Well that day came when they got caught by the police. They had to spend days locked up in youth jail. Who wants to be locked up like an animal? Animals don’t even like being locked up, so what fun is it being locked in a jail cell? My friends’ parents couldn’t get them out of those youth jails. They had to stay in there until their time was up with their sentence. I also remember how my friends and I used to shoot each other with BB guns. Again, not the smartest thing. We could have hurt each other. We played with a lot of other guns after those experiences. We didn’t really see guns as being harmful. One day, my friends came and picked me up to hang out. Well my friend had gotten into a fight with another guy earlier that day. Now, I was with him and his younger brother hanging out. I left them for a moment to go to the bathroom. When I came back I heard a lot of gun shots. I looked down the street, and I saw a girl dragging a body by the arms out of the street. Then I heard that one of my friends had shot that person. That guy died on the street. It was a senseless murder which shouldn’t have happened. My friend was 17-years-old along with his younger brother who was 15-years-old. Both sentenced to life in prison. My friend’s younger brother was charged as a party to the crime, even though he didn’t shoot the person. He was still there. He was standing by his brother at the time of the shooting. A person’s life was lost and my two friends’ lives were taken from me because of their life sentences in prison. My friends didn’t think about the consequences to their actions and how it would impact the rest of their lives. 88