October 23, 2007

It Was All About Bullying

The sixty year old grandmother.The nineteen year old cousin. The thirty-two year old mother.
There are no available photos for the fifteen year old murder victim, and her seventeen year old killer.

Police: Bullying was factor
CLEVELAND — A 15-year-old girl who had been bullied was stabbed to death during an attack by another teenager, police said.

Demesha Sharp was attacked Friday night while walking to a bus stop with siblings and friends. A sport utility vehicle appeared and tried to run them down, witnesses said.
The group inside the vehicle got out and approached Sharp’s group, assistant Prosecutor Carmen Naso said.

Lesleye Holliman, 17, attacked Sharp while her mother, Yulonda Holliman, 32, grandmother, Annetta Holliman, 60, and cousin, Anthony Holliman, 19, held Sharp’s party at bay using a variety of weapons, including stun guns, bats, bricks and knives, Naso said.
Lesleye Holliman, 17, appeared Monday in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

Prosecutors are seeking to have her tried as an adult on a charge of aggravated murder, Naso said. The girl’s family members were arrested for investigation of felonious assault in an attack on one of Sharp’s companions. None has been charged, said police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho.

The companion, Christian Hardick, 16, was struck by the vehicle and was listed in stable condition Monday at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital with stab wounds to his back.
Sharp’s mother, Shalinda Wagner, told The Plain Dealer that her daughter was a high school freshman who wanted to be a cheerleader and had been bullied by the suspect.

An after hours call to the juvenile court to determine if Lesleye Holliman had an attorney was not returned.

City Councilman Roosevelt Coats said the crime prompted outrage in the neighborhood and led to numerous tips to police — a change in an inner-city area where people often are hesitant to cooperate with law enforcement for fear of reprisals.

“That’s a change,” he said Monday. “Normally people are concerned and they don’t want to talk. That’s a major change.”

He said tipsters contacting police about the Sharp slaying provided the names, addresses and phone numbers of the suspects.

Neighbors “are ready to say, ‘This has got to end at all costs’,” the councilman said.
In another high-profile crime involving a child in Cleveland, two men were charged in last month’s shooting death of a 12-year-old girl caught in street crossfire.

There have been 13 children killed in Cleveland this year, according to homicide investigators, and arrests have been made in eight of the slayings.

Overall, the city has had 110 homicides this year.

The grandmother's house, where the Holliman family lived, mysteriously caught on fire last night. Arson is expected. Sources say that the Holliman family were known troublemakers. This story is far from over, but I don't want to talk about it anymore.


Anonymous said...

Just about any American city is like something from a Science Fiction novel today.

Maybe it's time to find yourself a mountain top somewhere Jan. It won't solve all your problems but it's a good start. Worked for me.

Jan said...

hermit...if only that could be possible, I would start looking tomorrow.

I can't think of anything I'd rather do more than that.

rockync said...

The three adults should get the death penalty for sure. The 17 year old needs to at least serve life. What a horribly senseless crime. The one positive thing is
"Neighbors “are ready to say, ‘This has got to end at all costs’"
This is the only way people are going to be able to clean up their streets.
I'm sorry you can't go home yet. I hope you get back South soon. I'll call Alabama and tell 'em to leave the light on for you. :)

Jan said...

"I'll call Alabama and tell 'em to leave the light on for you." :)

rockync..you made me smile!

I'm not sure moving back down there would be much different, unless I do what Hermit suggests, and find myself an isolated mountain top somewhere. :)

DNR said...

Momma taught me, "if you don't have anything nice to say...", so I'll be quiet.

Good luck getting out, just be sure there is internet access on your mountain, I'd miss ya if you leave.

rockync said...

Jan, I'm not sure if it would be all that much safer, but it would be familiar territory and sometimes that helps. You can at least dream about it. Funny how some of the things that spark your imagination sometimes come true.

Jan said...

"Momma taught me, "if you don't have anything nice to say...", so I'll be quiet."

dnr..I gottcha! :)

I doubt that I will be getting very far away from here, anytime soon...maybe a few towns away, though. I'll make sure that I have internet access!

Jan said...

rockync..I've never been a big city girl, anyway.

You know what they say, "You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl."

I just much prefer living in less populated areas.

Dazd said...

Sad sad world when bullying resorts to murder. Save the taxpayers money and take them out back.

I hear Mars is pretty this time of year. heh

Jan said...

dazd..Mars is good..but is that far enough away? ;)

GUYK said...

Malthus theory in action.

Jan said...

guyk..on so many levels.

Granny J said...

I guess I'm a weird one -- I loved living in the city, even managed to bring up a young 'un in Chicago (I mean, in the city), but then that was a long time ago. I love the city, but we figured it was no place to grow old!!!

Jan said...

granny j...believe it or not, I lived up here several years ago, and I actually did love it, then...but now it is so different, it's like another world.

A few years ago, I loved living in California, but it was different when I went back, too.

Maybe, that's what is meant by, "you can't go home, again,"..no matter where home is, or was, it is never the same when you go back.

Lydia said...

Hi Jan, I have no patience for a bully of bullying. I teach my children about how wrong it is to bully anyone no matter how you feel about them. It's mean, hurtful and it can also be dangerous. My daughter's elementary school takes bullying very serious. They have signs up all over the school about how they will not put up with bullying there. They've also talk to the kids about it and I totally support them for making it an issue. I will periodically ask my daughter if everything's going o.k., both on her bus and at school. I like to ask her that, because if there is something brewing, I can at least try to nip it in the bud by bringing the problem to the teacher's or bus driver's attention.

Jan said...

lydia..it is good that you try to teach your children to treat others as they would like to be treated, and I am sure that it is by example as well as words. Unfortunately, many parents are bullies, too, to their children and anyone else they want to intimidate. And that is a sad situation for all concerned..it gets handed down from generation to generation.