There’s no place for vandalism

Published 12:02 pm Saturday, February 13, 2016

Some crimes, such as theft and burglary, have a clear motive. Whether it was for money to buy drugs or to feed their family, at least there was a reason.

Other crimes, such as what occurred this week at the Native Palisade Fort in Cattashowrock Town, we’ll never understand.

Our society tends to think that vandalism is a victimless crime — a prank, of sorts — that is more of an inconvenience for those who have to clean it up. The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe would argue otherwise, with nearly $5,000 in damage to houses and fencing around their property.

Sometimes you just have to shake your head at the things that people do.

It’s easy to place the blame on bored teenagers or those under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But how bored, drunk or high do you have to be to do something so random and insensitive?

Whatever the case, Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown and his tribe are now faced with raising the funds to fix the damage. And, there’s no guarantee that it won’t happen again.

Sadly, we can’t undo what has already been done. But, we can certainly be more watchful of what is going on around us.

And to those who committed such a heinous acts, we hope that you find something more productive to do with your time.

What you did has no rhyme or reason, and it hurts everyone involved.