The sight of the two boys, crying their eyes out, chained together with handcuffs, behind bars, surrounded by adults who were either powerless or afraid to defend them is much much more disturbing. This photo has the combined power of the reality of a photograph and disturbing imagery of an artistic composition.
It is a haunting image that has left me feeling very raw and will remain with me for a long long time.
That’s a quote from boards.ie, they are talking about the above pic. Shortly afterwards the two boys, one aged 18 the other 17 were hanged because they had sex with each other.