I have lived with the former Grosse Pointe Hunt Club barn as my backyard the majority of my life before moving to Chicago. I was back in Grosse Pointe the weekend of July 8 and watched the barn burn to the ground. Even more difficult than watching that was seeing the young girls, men and women pull up and scream "where is my horse?"
This is unacceptable that this young man, Mr. Fennell, is only going to receive one year in jail. He devastated so many people's lives by his irresponsible actions and pure disregard for life. At that age you know right from wrong and any person with half a brain knows that a barn made of wood with a lot of hay in it will probably burn if you introduce fire, fire crackers or anything similar. He should be held responsible to all who were affected by this tragedy.
I will never forget that night and am truly disgusted by this decision.
I hope that Mr. Fennell watched the barn burn as my family and I did. I also hope he never forgets what he did and, more importantly, that he will be as traumatized as the rest of us are who lost something that terrible and preventable night!