Twin Falls-On Thursday, October 1 ,2020, there was a shooting in Twin Falls, Idaho involving four teenagers. A local citizen living near this location was injured. The person who was injured was a man who lives on the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue N. When he was sitting at home, he was suddenly struck in the hand and leg by gun shots. He was then treated for those nonlife-threatening injuries. The events that lead to this crime were; while Kiara M. Metcalf and Sara M. Laub waited in a car for Garet L. Martin and a 15 year old boy gunshots were heard and a little bit later Martin and the 15 year old boy rushed to the car where they drove off.
We asked a local officer from the Twin Falls police department Craig Stotts what his thoughts were on shootings that occur. We asked Stotts, “ How often do you see young teens getting involved in shootings?” Stotts said “Well it varies. I don’t really have any statistics.” “How can shootings that occur affect the community?” Stotts said, “Sometimes citizens get a sense that they are unsafe because they don’t really have to deal with these types of situations very often.” “ How can we prevent young teens from wanting to get involved in these types of dangerous situations?” Stotts said, “It all comes down to the choices, and the people you hang around with, and the consequences for the actions you take.” It’s never for sure now what exactly makes a teen want to be involved in these situations where they can severely hurt a person or themselves.
There are many things that can trigger anger and aggression in teens. To get a teenagers perspective we asked local student Maria Medina Diaz at Jerome High School what she thought about young teens getting involved in shootings.” Diaz said, “ There are deep reasons as to why they would do such things, either something or someone may have given them motive to do so. Recent years have shown teens being the aggressors. What could have caused this is mental illness, family issues, or even their surroundings. This can all lead up to a dangerous path in which they would want to hurt others, to get rid of their pain and anger they have inside themselves. “Why do you believe teens involve themselves in such dangerous situations?” Diaz said, “ As I said before there can be many reasons as to why they put themselves in those situations. As teenagers, most of the time it is very hard to accept the way life is and makes everyone feel like there is meaning in life ad this could lead them to a path full of mental, family, and relationship issues, which can cause them to want to do dangerous things to get rid of that anger and pain.” We asked; what do you think teens should do to prevent themselves from getting themselves involved in dangerous situations?” Diaz said, “ Do more things they like, take mental health days, take breaks away from the things that make them feel overwhelmed and most importantly they should not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help whether they are feeling anger, pain or even sadness. Talking to someone can be very helpful to help keep away evil thoughts.” Diaz had some really valid points if we were to take notice of what she had to say we may be able to prevent more young teens from getting involved in such dangerous situations.