Enlightening Commentary

When Honor Students Attack

Posted on August 19, 2015

Real honor studentsLongtime readers know that the term “honor student” is a misnomer. It now looks as if we may have to update our definition due to some real honor students doing what “honor students” do.

“Five young men, including a scholarship college student and a Whitney Young High School graduate with high honors, are charged in a brutal robbery where the victim was beaten with baseball bats, a metal pole and sprayed with a can of mace at a busy Shell gas station Tuesday afternoon.

The ordeal began when a 20-year-old man selling his bicycle on Craigslist arranged to meet with the men at the Shell gas station, 1950 W. Division St. around 2 p.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.

The group of men exited the car with two baseball bats, a metal pole and a can of mace, Scaduto said. They allegedly beat the victim with a bat and pole on his face and body. The witness told DNAinfo Chicago that the victim was also sprayed with mace.

The men were hit with two charges each: felony armed robbery and felony aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon — a serious charge considered a Class X felony.”

That scholarship will have to wait since Class X felonies carry a mandatory 6-30 year prison term. The good news is the prison yard should provide ample opportunities to further their life experiences in ways college never would.