Killing out of Boredom

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, is shown in Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma, booking photo released on August 20, 2013.  Photo courtesy from reuters.com

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Chancey Allen Luna, 16, is shown in Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma, booking photo released on August 20, 2013. Photo courtesy from reuters.com

Pauline Ngo, Photojournalist

Boredom comes very easily when one lets time pass by without doing anything productive. As a teenager, what do you do to prevent from being disinterested and idle?

Back in 2013 at age sixteen, Chancey Allen Luna, was convicted for shooting and murdering an Australian jogger. The jury believes that he should face life in prison without parole after he is sentenced by a judge on June 16th.

Twenty-two year old Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player, was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, Oklahoma, when Luna drove by and shot him in the back. Two other teens were in the car with Luna, but Luna was the one who actually fired the gun. Nineteen at the time, Michael DeWayne, who was driving the car, was found guilty for second-degree murder since he assisted in the shooting of Lane. He faces life in prison with parole in 2051. The other teen, James Edwards Jr., who was age fifteen at the time, testified against DeWayne and Luna for a lighter sentence.

The three boys admitted that they performed this task because “they were bored,” which naturally accumulated wide attention from people.

Lane’s mother, Donna Lane, is devastated that her son was taken away from her and that she will never be able to see him again. She concedes to the judge, “I no longer have…a zest for life because one of my kids is missing.”

In this case, boredom can make people commit actions that may ruin the rest of their life. As a high schooler, Connie Huang (12) believes that “teenagers should be occupied in hobbies or sports, so they can refrain from violent criminal activities such as the incident that occurred in Duncan. Having so much free time may be a major reason why the boys killed an innocent man for no reason.”