2nd Prize Winner
Age Group 0-9
I Want To Know About Waco
by Rylla Cathryn Smith, age 9
On April 19th, 1993, the government killed 82 people, 22 of them
children, near Waco, Texas. I want to know why they did it.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms started it. They said
the Branch Davidians had illegal guns. (No gun is really illegal,
according to the Bill of Rights.) No illegal guns were found.
Next they said the Davidians treated their children badly. (So the
government killed the children? That's what I would call being
treated badly!) But the local sheriff said it wasn't true.
Then the B.A.T.F. said the Davidians were making drugs, but that
was a lie, too.
The Davidians were forced to be in their church for 51 days. They
were forced to hear tapes of rabbits being killed. Then they were
killed, themselves, and they didn't do anything.
I want to know why.