Well, a child is dead, and somewhere is a set of parents who must be devastated.
But I don't agree with the "kids will be kids" statement in the article. Skipping class, having a smoke, that's kids being kids. Choosing to steal someone's wallet and then make tracks on your bicycle is making the deliberate decision to commit a crime. I know the punishment was not suitable, but while they're lauding this "well loved" child, they may as well call this what it is: a guy lost it after some kid grabbed his wallet out of his own pocket and he reacted horribly.
Also, a million dollar bond is ridiculous in this case. This man is not a flight risk. His life is now over because he was, what, walking down the street when a kid robbed him? What the hell would that feel like?
And what's with the big fad now to go on Facebook and grieve? I think it's tacky has hell, but some people find it necessary to report to fb several times a day, so whatever. But all the "fine boy" posts and all the king's men aren't going to take away the fact that this tragedy happened because of this boy's actions.
I have a son the same age and I'm sorry for the parents. I cannot imagine the hell they must be going through right now.