Excuses just don’t cut it, Nathan
Re: “ ‘I’m just ashamed,’ says teen rioter,” June 19.
Dry those crocodile tears, Nathan Kotylak. Your credibility went up in flames, along with that burning rag you held over a vehicle’s open gas tank last Wednesday night. You’ve apologized, waived your rights as a young offender, and urged others to do the same. That might have been admirable, had you come forward before numerous public photos clearly identified you as a gleeful participant in last week’s riot.
This may sound harsh, but I’m tired of the excuses. I’m tired of hearing about how irrational and violent actions are fuelled by alcohol. I’m tired of hearing about how people got “caught up in the moment.” I’m tired of hearing about “mob mentality.”
You and all the others who wreaked havoc in Vancouver last week are old enough to know better. What you did was wrong. You went out of your way to endanger the property and lives of others, and you appeared to enjoy yourself while doing it. Now that you’ve been caught in the act, you’re crying us a river. Well, here’s a hard life lesson: actions have consequences, often lengthy and unpleasant ones. A tearful apology, while something, is too little, too late.
Jennifer Lyall, Calgary