The Tragic Death of Myles Rascon

Posted on: April 30, 2012

It’s always sad to read an article about teen violence and unnecessary deaths, no matter what the cause. When I see articles like Trevon Martin’s death, or school shootings, it saddens my heart. It goes beyond the basic feeling of sadness when the headlines of a death come from your own backyard.

The tragic death of Myles Rascon, 17, has shaken our town of Mansfield, TX. As I’m reading the article, I get chills because I’ve been to the scene of the crime before. I’ve eaten at the What-A-Burger near where he was gunned down. I know kids who attend the school he dropped out of. This is what makes it real to me.

The family is urging people and other teens to “stay away from marijuana, it’s no good, drugs are bad, you’ll bury your teenage son if he gets involved with the wrong crowd.” These are expected feelings and statements from a suffering family. I don’t think I’d be acting any different, if I were them, and uninformed. “Myles Rascon was a junior at Legacy until he started hanging out with the wrong crowd and dropped out a few months ago,” his father said. Isn’t this the pattern we always read about? He was a good kid, started hanging with the “wrong” crowd, got into drugs, lost sight of his priorities, dropped out and was killed in a drug related crime.

The media and readers of the article are all saying the same cliché things, but no one is asking the important questions. I will. How did this escalate so quickly? Why wasn’t there some sort of intervention in the few months that he drastically changed? If there’s one thing I know, it’s that there are events that lead up to big decisions like dropping out of school to sell weed. This isn’t something you just wake up and decide to do. Most kids that age go looking for an out when they have issues at home. I’m not pointing a finger at a mourning father, but I am saying, sir, a bag of weed isn’t what killed your son, the government’s drug policy is.

Myles, like other casualties to the war on drugs, wouldn’t have been in the situation at all if marijuana was legalized and regulated. We wouldn’t have back alley drug deals if you could legally and responsibly purchase and use marijuana. Marijuana is much like alcohol, but without the spousal abuse, DWI’s, scarring of the liver, alcohol poisoning, bar fights, and drunk driving deaths.

Take the power out of the hands of murderers, and put it in the hands of doctors. Imagine a city that had zero drug related deaths and zero dropout rates in school. This isn’t an unattainable idea. I truly hurt for the family’s loss, and wish the best for them, but let’s point the finger at the puppeteer as the criminal, not the puppet. In this case the shooter is the puppet, and the Federal Government is the puppeteer.