A BB gun, knife and social media. That’s all it takes.
Now I’m no expert in the law nor one in social justice so please don’t turn what I say into facts, but more so as an subjective opinion.
Do I agree that Dylan Yang should serve time? Maybe so. Well, I don’t know to be honest. It’s a lot to consume. Self-defense this, self-defense that? Provocation this, provocation that? All we know is that one person is gone and another will essentially lose what I think may be his life, speaking metaphorically.
Don’t get me wrong, but a sentencing of up to 60 years and a bail set to 1 million? Call it old news or whatever you want, but that’s harsh. It doesn’t give Dylan Yang a fighting chance at all. He might as well fold his hand while he is at it.
I know it’s never good to compare cases with one another, but cases are always used to back up one another especially in the heat of a court battle. Not saying that there is any correlation between the Dylan Yang case and the ones I’m about to list, but let’s take a look at these Wisconsin cases.
Conflict: Levi Acre-Kendall walked away a free man after stabbing another man to death along the St. Croix river. Kendall, if guilty would receive a maximum sentencing up to 25 years in prison.
Ripple Effect: The victim’s brother with frustration added that as long as you have money, you can hire a good attorney for representation and that “as long as you’re in a car, you can kill somebody.”
Conflict: Dan Popp was ruled mentally ill to attest in court after shooting 3 residents in an apartment complex. His sentencing has not been ruled yet and Popp has been transferred to a mental hospital. This also comes after his bail was set to $150,000.
Ripple Effect: Three families no longer have parent(s) and the potential of claiming to be mentally ill arises in the future if cases like this doesn’t come out justifiable.
Conflict: Kevin Elberg was sentenced to 10 days in jail, two years of probation, and 72 hours of community service in the Hmong community after a Hmong-American hunter apologized for trespassing on Elberg’s land. Elberg’s initial charges were a six year imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
Ripple Effect: Omitting violence on a trespasser and critically injuring them will possibly only grant you minimal sentencing.
Conflict: Omar Ninham was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole after him and his friends bullied and dropped a Hmong immigrant from the fifth floor of a building.
Ripple Effect: Bullying one another can be fatal.
Now there are obviously tons of cases that I may or may have not pointed out, but sometimes we may not understand how these cases can have strong ripple effects on our society and community including the one involving Dylan Yang.
The severity of bullying in our schools are extremely high and in no way am I resolving Yang, his patrons and others involved from being bullies. It’s toxicity and it’s something that we can only try to prevent from happening in the future.
Yang’s sentencing details have already been confirmed and I don’t think they can take it back, but only ask for leniency. I’m not claiming that Yang be set free, but rather that he receives a hand that he can play with and not fold because he has no choice.
If there is anything that we can take from this case, it’s that we need to do our hardest to prevent bullying in any form that we can.
This is an Op-Ed and is based off of my opinion, view, and commentary.