Oklahoma Herald

Local heroes saved a few children from a burning building.

Boys from the 'Hood' or true heroes?

Recently, three boys have saved a handful of young children from a burning church on Jay Mountain. Johnny Cade, Ponyboy Curtis, and Dallas Winston were admitted to the hospital just two days ago for burns and broken bones from their heroic act. But was this truly an act of heroism if they were just "boys from the hood"?

The fire started in the dry building, however, the cause has not been discovered yet. Curtis and Cade were sitting around when they heard screams from the building. It was then said that they jumped into the building and tried to save the young children from the fire. They all got out with minor scratches due to the help of Mr. Winston but unfortunately, the boys faced major burns and Mr. Cade was even reported having a broken back.

These boys are from the Eastern side of town, commonly known as the 'hood'. They are usually referred to as "greasers" because of their greased hair. Dallas Winston has a long criminal record and had also lived on the rough streets of New York before coming back to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Johnny Cade lives with his mother and father, who reportedly abuse him at home. Ponyboy Curtis lives with his two brothers, Darrel and Sodapop. Their parents died in a car crash and Darrel is currently their caretaker.

So what did the court decide to do about this event? Rumors say that Ponyboy and Sodapop will be sent to a boys' home because Darrel is not responsible enough to take care of them and keep them safe. Dallas Winston will most likely continue living on his own once he gets out of the hospital. The doctors, however, will not give us any information on Johnny's status so that will be touched on in a different issue.

Now, back to the real question. Was this truly an act of heroism that these young boys performed? I personally think that no matter who you are or what your status is in life, you can still be a hero. Does your social class define who you are? Does the amount of money you have determine your personality? The person can be whoever they want to be. A saying that many of you might know is, "It's what's on the inside that counts." Not necessarily your organs, but your inner personality. How you act can be completely different than how you seem, and some people just haven't realized that yet. So yes, I believe these young boys saving the even younger children can truly be defined as an act of heroism.