Seventeen years ago I was a youth pastor at Scarborough Baptist Church and many of the young people I was involved with attended Churchlands Senior High School – one of Perth’s ‘good’ public schools.
However it wasn’t all good and on one tragic day a young girl by the name of Vicki Groves was murdered. A young man took a large hunting knife to school strapped to his back and murdered her in broad daylight in the classroom.
Some of the kids we knew were actually in the classroom at the time so it impacted them significantly and I remember the event well.
Now that killer has done 17 years in prison and is due for parole… The question being asked on the news this evening was whether he should be granted that parole or whether Jim McGinty should over-rule and disallow it.
The murdered girl’s parent’s aren’t opposing parole, but the question has many facets.
What does justice look like in a situation like this?
Has he done his time and should be let out?
or should he be permanently locked up and kept away from people in case he does it again?
A part of me says that everyone needs a second chance… another part of me says that if he were to live next door to me I’d feel differently.
What would be a Jesus-like response?…
Here is an article related to the situation. I realise this is not a joyful subject, but its an important one for us to consider. How do we live as a society when there is so much brokenness all around us?