Five youths in West Palm Beach, Florida are now in trouble after one of them threw, and hit, a vehicle in the motorcade of President Donald Trump on Friday.
As the vehicles in the motorcade made their way along Southern Boulevard, a “small, hard” object thunked off one of the cars, as reported by the local CBS affiliate, CBS12 in West Palm Beach.
After successfully bringing the President to his estate in Mar-a-Lago, some within his security detail returned to the scene of the incident and searched for the thrown item and the perpetrators who threw it.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) reported that the object that hit the vehicle was a 2” by 4” wooden block. On its Facebook page, the PBSO issued this statement:
“PBSO Has Identified Juveniles Who Threw a 2 x 4 at Presidential Motorcade
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Southern Blvd between Park Avenue and Lake Avenue, West Palm Beach
“While assisting the United States Secret Service with a motorcade movement for President Donald Trump it was reported that a vehicle in the motorcade had been struck by what was believed to be a small hard object. The incident was reported to have taken place on Southern Boulevard between Parker Avenue and Lake Avenue. Immediately after completing the motorcade movement several members of the motorcade returned to the scene and began canvassing the area looking for witnesses and any small hard objects along the roadway in that area.
“The investigation determined that a juvenile from a local middle school confessed to throwing the 2 x 4 (see attached) at the motorcade. The juvenile also implicated four additional students that were involved for a total of five.
“Charges will be filed with the PBC States Attorney’s Office.”
The PBSO also provided this photo of the wooden block in question:
Comments to the PBSO post mostly condemned the thrown block attack:
Joyce Judd: “I remember when Pres. Kennedy would fly in to PBIA. We would line Southern Blvd and wait for the red Cadillac convertible to pass by. No one ever would have thought to throw anything at his car (or him), and he was never behind bullet proof glass as he rode.. Many time Jackie and the children would be with him. It is a sad testimony to our country that in 50 years, our attitudes and behaviors have changed so much. It is shameful behavior…and I am ashamed that it happened in my hometown.”
Some commenters laid blame at the kids’ teachers and parents:
Lillian Hall: “Maybe their teachers should stop making negative comments about the President in class.”
Keith White: “The parents need to be held accountable . Very glad no was injured.”
Of course, there are always some with a counter-viewpoint:
Sergio Palazzo: “That’s less damage than Trump has caused closing down all the small businesses on his little weekend personal trip back home. Kids deserve a medal”
The five juveniles may have been linked to a larger group of anti-Trump protesters who were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Regardless, it seems obvious that, as young people learn from and take their cues from adults, it can be expected that we will see more incidents like this one.
The oftentimes violent, and always overheated, demonstrations staged by the left against Trump and anyone who may support him, are, of course, observed and internalized by young people. Now they are started to act with the same contempt for others’ opinions and even outright violence.
Don’t like the current president? Throw a rock at his window. Don’t like those with a different viewpoint? Sucker punch them or block their cars. This is the America we, unfortunately, live in now.
What kind of punishment do you think is appropriate for the kids involved in this incident? What about their parents? Share your opinions in the Comments section.