A much-needed wonderful story: An African-American teenager in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who saved a young girl from a kidnapper. Temar Boggs and six of his friends joined in a city-wide manhunt for a man who kidnapped 5-year-old Jocelyn Rojas from her front yard, luring her with the promise of ice cream. Boggs and his friend Chris Garcia were riding through the streets of their town, searching for Rojas, when they noticed a car driven by an older white man suspiciously swerving through side streets. The pair of 15-year-olds followed the car and spied Rojas in the front seat. After following him for a while, the driver eventually opened the door and pushed Rojas out. Boggs scooped up the young girl and rode her home on his bike.
“It was like fate, it was like meant for me and Chris to be there,” Boggs told Lancaster Online. ”If we wouldn’t have left [to look for her] who knows what would have happened to the little girl. It was a blessing for me to make that happen.”
The perpetrator is still at large. [Lancaster Online]
In the days, weeks and months following a national tragedy, myths settle into our national consciousness. Myths are not falsehoods, per se. Rather, myths are the stories that we repeat to explain a complex and unnerving topic and make sense of the confusion — to label something “good” and “evil,” to finger the “bad guy” and the “hero.” A story coming out of the Aurora, Colorado, shooting — which I have heard again and again these past few days — is of the three boyfriends who saved the lives of their girlfriends by throwing themselves in the line of fire during the “Dark Knight Rises” shooting.
Matt McQuinn, 27, Jonathan Blunk (above), 26, and Alex Teves, 24, were all killed by gunman James Holmes while trying to protect their dates. According to The New York Post — admittedly not the most reliable news source — McQuinn “dived” in front of his girlfriend. Blunk “threw his date … to the floor, pushing her under the seat.” And Teves “used his body” to shield his girlfriend. Teves’ grandmother Rae Iacovelli said her grandson “got down on the floor and covered [his girlfriend] up.” Blunk’s date told “The Today Show” herself that “he took a bullet for me” and his ex-wife even weighed in to say Blunk “wanted to die a hero.” Keep reading »
Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto thought it appropriate to question via Twitter if the three women who were reportedly saved by their boyfriends in last week’s “Dark Knight Rises” shooting in Aurora, CO, were “worthy” of the three men’s sacrifice. Samantha Yowler, Jansen Young and Amanda Lindgren’s boyfriends all died protecting them from James Holmes’ gunfire. Taranto’s tweet is shockingly flippant, at best, and as Gawker points out, misses the fact that “selfless personal sacrifice doesn’t occur within a rigorous cost-benefit analysis.” Also, why is Taranto specifically questioning the worthiness of women whose lives were saved by the men who cared for and loved them? Everything about this tweet — which Taranto later smugly described as “challenging” — is just gross. [Twitter via Gawker]