PARALYSED FIVE YEAR OLD FORGIVES THE MAN THAT SHOT HER
Five year old Kai Leigh Harriott, who was left paralysed after being shot. Photo courtesy of Essdras M. Saurez/Boston Glode.
There has only been one topic of conversation in Boston over the Easter weekend, and it centres around the amazing tale of a five year old who was left paralysed after being shot by a criminal.
On television, she declared that she forgave the man who shot her.
The story of a child's ability to forgive has rocked the city and filled America's televisions. Was she wrong to forgive him? Shouldn't it be an eye for an eye? The debate is still raging.
Asked by a reporter why she forgave the man who shot her, she shyly but clearly said: ''I wanted him to tell the world the truth.'
'''I know he didn't mean to do it,' Kai Leigh said."Television footage being replayed nationwide yesterday showed (Kai Leigh's mother) hugging (the shooter), 29, after he apologized for shooting her daughter and just before he was sentenced to 13 to 15 years in state prison.
"She only intended to shake his hand, she said, but he surprised her when he pulled her in for an embrace. Inspired by her daughter's strength, she said she couldn't let the man go.
'''If more people forgave, maybe there'd be less violence in the streets,' said Marcus Harris, 17, sitting in a (Boston) pizza shop with three of his friends. They all nodded their heads in agreement.