Grand scheme assertions By Christopher John Taylor – Pen & Eagle columnist
Elizabeth Alvarado and Rob Mickens, parents of slain Brentwood High student Nisa Mickens, are still mourning their daughter at their home in Brentwood, N.Y.
Assertion #1: Alvarado and Mickens obviously are not married so we can assume only one is the biological parent, or can we anymore? Also, we are to assume (as always) that the victim, in this case, is an absolute saint who not only didn’t run with gangs but was, of course, an A student and saved baby seals with Greenpeace on weekends.
The story goes, that an old minivan appeared near the school on a Tuesday morning, its Illinois plates the only thing out of place in the blue-collar suburbs of central Long Island. But as sweet backpack-toting teenagers passed by on their way to Brentwood High, the…