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Authorities seek juvenile escapee

Posted August 10, 2009

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— A boy escaped from custody at a residential treatment program in Linden Sunday, authorities said.

The boy, identified as "Bernard T.," is from Wake County, but was confined to the Omega house at 8619 Tangle Tree Drive. He was last seen there at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

The North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is concerned about the safety of the public and Bernard and is asking anyone who sees him to call law enforcement.


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  • dbcooper41 Aug 10, 2009

    who's stressing. i do question the use of the term boy in light of 1) his mustache, 2)his apparent adolescent or greater age,4)the fact that "boy" as a descriptor has generally fallen out of favor with journalists due to the imprecise nature of the term, and 4)the historical social implications of the term boy make it a somewhat "loaded" expression.
    would you be stressing if a young white male from a rural home had escaped and the article said "a redneck, or a (insert favorite derogatory white handle here) has escaped"?
    and for the record i am a middle class, white male who is decidely non-pc. but i do believe in showing respect to others, if that makes me PC in your eyes then so be it.

  • iron fist Aug 10, 2009

    Yes, I am white and don't like being called a boy. This does not look like a "boy" a young man or teenager but not boy.

  • ccs1920 Aug 10, 2009

    Would you guys be stressing out if he were a white boy? This PC stuff has gone too far. A boy is a boy.

  • iron fist Aug 10, 2009

    Boy? This will cause a uproar. How old is this young person? He doesn't look like anyone you would call a boy. Young man maybe? Or as dbcooper posted young black male, etc.

  • dbcooper41 Aug 10, 2009

    "A boy escaped from custody at a residential treatment program "
    a "boy". i realize he is technically a "boy" but i think they could have come up with a better word to describe him. unless that was the exact word tey wanted to use.
    i suggest "a young black male, age xx...." would be more appropriate.