SEAN PATRICK Conroy was going about his business, and there came the swine. When are we going to learn that these poor excuses for human beings don't care about anything? The only people to blame are the people who brought them into this world - their parents.

Witnesses say they saw what was happening, yet no one came to Sean's defense. What does that say about you? They can't take down everyone. Now the one who is in custody will cut a deal for a lighter sentence.

Don't you get it?

Build the prisons. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Life for a life.

It shouldn't be like this. There should be special prisons for these people. Work on that, Mr. Nutter.

Linda J. Turner, Philadelphia

I take issue with the characterization of the attack on Mr. Conroy as "random." Mr. Conroy was probably singled out because he was white.

To conclude, without evidence, that this attack was perpetrated "for no reason" is to dismiss the possibility of this being a racial hate crime. Why do we presume that white people can only be perpetrators of racial hate crimes, and not also their victims?

Ross Chapman, Philadelphia

It is amazing how several black youths jumped a white male, and it is not a hate crime. If it were white teens who jumped a black male, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been on the first plane to Killadelphia.

I think these punks should be tried as adults when caught, and also seek the death penalty. But I'm sure they will get off because they come from a broken home.

Diane L. Veteri

Lindenwold, N.J.

When Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama used the thoughtless term "typical white person," was he referring in general to a decent man like Sean Conroy?

I assume that the senator, local politicians, members of the media and black community leaders will not utter as nonchalantly as Obama spoke of a Caucasian stereotype the term "typical young black person" to describe this cowardly group of criminals.

John Leonard, Philadelphia

I'm outraged that this is called a random attack. If the victim were a black male attacked by white teens, it would be viewed as a racial attack. My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man's fiancée and his family.

Maybe someone with enough courage will come out and start noticing that there is a such thing as reverse discrimination.

Joann Vance, Williamstown, N.J.

I take exception to the Page 1 headline "The City Let Him Down." This is exactly what's wrong with our lovely city - four kids whose parents don't give a damn about them. Kids whose only goal in life is to have the latest cell phone or jacket. The parents failed them and the city by not raising them properly. Parents today are a sad bunch. Our horrible school system is also at fault. As a resident of the city, I did not let Sean Conroy down.

Ronald Moskovitz, Philadelphia