The theory is simple: if a window gets broken in a neighborhood, and residents ignore it, other windows will probably get busted, too. It's the start of a series of low-level community problems that become more intractable as the busted window leads to graffiti, burglaries and then violent crimes.
Classes are resuming today at Chardon High School in Ohio, where three teenaged boys were killed Monday when a gunman — identified by witnesses as a fellow student — opened fire in the cafeteria. Two other students were wounded.
Five of the estimated 13 deaths from the tornadoes that pounded Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee on Wednesday happened on one "short avenue in a tight-knit neighborhood" of Harrisburg, Ill., the Los Angeles Times writes today.
Brady Street was pummeled. "There are no words to describe this," Dena McDonald, whose mother was killed there, tells the Times. The newspaper describes the aftermath this way:
There's been lots of talk on the Web and the news channels today about The Washington Post's front page account of what happened when Barbara Johnson went to Communion on Saturday during the funeral mass for her mother in Gaithersburg, Md.
The priest, Rev. Marcel Guarnizo said he would not give her the sacrament because she is a sinner.