Don’t blame parenting for the shooting of a 5-year-old in West Baltimore

A 5-year-old girl was shot in the city on Monday. Carrying a doll in her small hands, she was walking to the corner store for juice when a bullet, meant for someone else, struck her.

There are so many things to be outraged about in those two sentences. Personally, I get stuck at “a 5-year-old girl was shot.”

But when the stories started trickling out about this unfathomable tragedy, I was amazed at how many people found something else other than that to be angry about. In social media comments, some wondered why the girl was walking to the store alone. A child outside unsupervised?! What kind of horrible people would allow that?

“This is tragic,” someone wrote on the Sun’s Facebook page under an article that pictured the girl’s crumpled doll surrounded by bullet casings. “But I have to ask what the parents are doing to put their children in harms [sic] way like this?”

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