Not so long ago if I saw a roving band of teenagers or preteens I used to groan with an insufferable amount of annoyance. I simply don’t like them. Now I see them, and wonder how many of them would be willing to murder one another over a video game, or an unseemly text message. The trend in the media indicates to me that more and more of them will succumb to their only partially developed instabilities. It seems like some of the most heinous crimes are being committed by kids nowadays. Can we say Jordan Brown, for instance? I just don’t understand. Can’t you kids go write angsty poetry like I did back in the day?
Well 15 year old Wayne Treacy couldn’t.
I find myself drawn to Wayne Treacy’s story because I, like him, had an absent father when I was a child. I, like him, dealt with the tragedy of my remaining father figure committing suicide very close to my birthday. While he looks like your average 15 year old boy with a bad haircut, I wont be the first to say that Wayne Treacy had it easy.
Starting before Wayne Treacy was even born, his father was an overachieving criminal striving towards 43 arrests in the state of Florida. His brother became the stronger father figure in his life, and due to personal issues committed suicide just a couple of days after Wayne’s 15th birthday. It’s sad. Really, I’ve been there and I feel for him. However, that being said, he is still one of the biggest wastes of oxygen on this planet.
Despite his personal problems, Wayne managed to snag himself a little girlfriend. Thirteen year old Kayla Manson. Unfortunately, little Kayla didn’t have a cell phone so she took to texting him from cell phones belonging to her various friends. One of those friends, who she claims is her best friend, is Josie Lou Ratley (Her MySpace). Josie didn’t approve of Kayla’s relationship with Wayne despite having never met him. Why? I couldn’t tell you.
I’m curious about what constitutes a “bad boyfriend” in the eyes of a 15 year old. Maybe Josie thought he had a bad haircut as well, and that was enough. Or maybe Kayla told her some stories that made Josie think Wayne Treacy was unstable and dangerous. If it was that last one, Josie hit the nail on the head.
It seems that Josie voiced her lack of approval via text to Wayne Treacy. She made mention of his deceased brother, and that left a bit of a bad taste in Wayne’s mouth. In fact, it really pissed Wayne off. He was outraged. How dare she! Josie Lou Ratley had some nerve going there. Wayne decided to show her just how much nerve.
He laced up his steel toed boots and readied his bicycle. He pedaled three miles to Deerfield Beach Middle School. I bet he popped a badass wheelie on his way there. Wayne was going to teach Josie a lesson. He told himself that she would have to die.
Excuse me did I say he told himself? My mistake, he actually told several other people his intention.
But oh wait, Wayne Treacy had never met Josie. He didn’t know what she looked like. I guess he figured any 15 year old girl would do, because he advanced on the wrong girl before Kayla stepped in and pointed out the real Josie to him.
That’s right, Kayla pointed Josie Lou Ratley out to him. Knowing what he was going to do. Josie’s self proclaimed besty threw her under the bus instead of finding an authority figure and saving Josie from the horror that was about to be bestowed upon her.
In a perfect world, Wayne Treacy would have taken that opportunity to really think about what he was about to do to a girl he had never met. He would have wiped the sweat off his brow and said “Whew, that was close. I almost made a terrible mistake. I need to go home, and get some help”. But you readers know as well as I do that nothing is perfect.
He had the right Josie in his sights. Her back turned to him, she was at the bus stop waiting. She had no idea what was behind her, or that Wayne was even there at all. One minute she’s standing there, the next Wayne Treacy rushed her from behind, hitting her until she fell down. He banged her head and face 5 or 6 times into the concrete. When he was done with that, he stood up and kicked her in the head 6 or 7 more times…with his steel toed boots. Blood poured out of her nose and mouth.
Finally a teacher came and pulled him off Josie, but by then she was a battered mess, collapsed in a pool of her own blood. Josie had to be airlifted to a hospital, and Wayne was taken inside the school for questioning. When he emerged later in handcuffs, he was barefoot because his boots were taken into evidence. His boots were considered a deadly weapon.
Josie Lou Ratley’s injuries were so severe that a coma was medically induced and a portion of her skull was cut away to allow for swelling in her brain. If there is a such a thing as a silver lining, Josie woke up from her coma just a month later and doctors re-attached a portion of her skull. She recognizes her loved ones and doctors, but has very little motor function. She cries a lot, because she doesn’t know what happened to her, but she knows it was bad. In spite of the horrible things Wayne Treacy did to her, she has made remarkable progress in the past couple of weeks. Her doctors can’t say how far she will recover. Nobody will know until she stops.
Wayne Treacy has been charged as an adult for attempted premeditated murder. Kayla Manson has been charged as a juvenile accessory. Wayne was transferred from a juvenile facility to Boward County Jail. If he’s convicted, he faces life in prison. Way to follow in your daddy’s footsteps Wayne. Enjoy your cell.
Will We See Wayne Treacy In Hell?
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