Two white Florida men just opened fire on two biracial children walking home from store in racist attack

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Details about a terrifying racist that incident occurred earlier this month have begun to emerge out of Lake Country, Florida with a report from Orlando’s WFTV that two men opened fire on a biracial 16-year-old boy and biracial 12-year-old girl before hurling racial slurs at the two siblings.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene after the two assailants, 30-year-old James Reidnauer and 33-year-old Brent Van Besien, fired at least two shots at the innocent children who were just trying to walk home from a convenience store. One bullet came close to the girl’s foot and another was fired into the air.

The two men gave a ridiculous defense of their hateful attack by claiming that they thought the children were meth users. The children, of course, were not but even if they had been the men’s actions would be inexcusable. They have no right to fire off shots at people they suspect to be drug users. At the time, they were standing on land owned by a church so it’s not even like they can make they claim that they thought they were defending their property from imagined drug users.

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“There is a path behind all of the homes on this road that all the children take to the bus stop. The bus stop is in front of the church over here on Goose Prairie [Road], and that’s the route they take anywhere,” Michelle Sabb, the children’s mother explained.

“They were screaming, ‘They’re shooting at us. They’re shooting at us. Thank God that they were able to get home, [because] there are a lot of kids [who don’t]. Trayvon [Martin] — he didn’t make it home. What if my son wouldn’t have made it home?” Sabb continued.

The two racists have since been arrested and charged with “enhanced hate crimes” and “aggravated assault with a firearm.” No child should have to fear for their safety due to the color of their skin and hopefully, these two monsters are locked up for a very long time. There is no place for them in civilized society.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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