Shaniqua Stephens was at home at the time with her 13-year-old son Malachi Hemphill up in his room, which isn’t an uncommon occurrence. With the age of the Internet, teens are spending ample time online with ever increasing ways of impressing their peers. Perhaps this was Malachi’s plan when Monday evening turned into a nightmare for everyone in his neighborhood.
The Atlanta, Georgia teen had locked himself in his bedroom with his cellphone when he decided to go live on Instagram. Having gotten his hands on a gun somehow, he must have thought the only thing better than posing for a selfie with it, would be to live stream video instead. The idea started out innocent enough but ended in a painful lesson for him, his family, and everyone watching it happen in real time.
Shaniqua didn’t know anything was wrong or that her teen even had a gun until she heard a big boom come from his bedroom. “I couldn’t tell if it was a gun shot or what,” Malachi’s mom said, according to WXIA. Not long before this alarming sound, she had just watched her son take the trash out before retreating back to his bedroom to check in with his friends online.
As soon as she heard the boom, Shaniqua and her daughter ran up to Malachi’s room and kicked in the door to horror. The boy had accidentally shot himself while showing the weapon off when one of his friends online told him to put the clip in, FOX 8 reports. That was the last move before the biggest mistake of this boy’s life.
“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” the horrified mother told the station. “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.” What makes finding your kids dead in your home worse, is the realization that so many people watched it happen, as well as your reaction to it.
Next thing the mother knows, 40-50 kids were outside her house, all who had presumably watch her son’s accidental death on Instagram. “I guess these were the kids that were watching on live that live in the area. I guess when it happened they just ran over here,” Shaniqua said. Malachi was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late.
The brutal lesson wasn’t just for Malachi, but his mother as well who is now urging parents not to make the same mistake she did. “Monitor their phones, just monitor your children,” Shaniqua said in a public statement after the incident. “More now than anything.” Strangely, not a single person from the Black Lives Matter movement has yet to comment on this kid’s senseless death.
More than monitoring teens’ technology, parents need to keep a close watch on what’s in their possession. Shaniqua didn’t know how her son got a gun and detectives are currently working to trace back where it came from.
It’s tragic that incidents like this happen which stem from oversight and general misinformation, and will likely be used by liberals to call for more gun control. Kids don’t care about gun control when they see rappers on television who wave pistols around like they aren’t lethal, and want to “look cool” like these idiot celebrities.
Rapper Snoop Dogg recently made a music video acting in this very same manner, making it worse by pretending to assassinate our president. Outrage ensued from conservatives, and rightfully so, while the left excused it as a natural reaction to our supposedly divisive leader. People mindlessly follow the actions of their idols and this situation ended fatally for one kid who did.
It’s not time to call for more gun control when it’s idiot control we need right now. Liberals are perpetuating messages and causing people to do dumb things, then blaming other people or objects when bad things happen. Malachi was holding the gun, but countless kids watching encouraged the risky behavior which proves a big part of the problem in society. Now, they all got a lesson that should have been taught by parents, a basic understanding of guns, and even just an ounce of common sense, before a kid ended up dead.