Family members also contend that although Teggert was 15 years old, he had "the mental age of a child." Although in this instance it is easy to cast the IRA as monsters, consider that aside from their nationalistic struggle, the IRA took great care in prisoner support. Screaming "I am going to tell on youse" to guerrilla combatants in an occupied country generally means death; mind of a child or not. The misunderstanding that followed is unfortunate, but not hard to see the logic in. Perhaps more detective work on behalf of the IRA could've benefitted all parties involved.
News reports from the time said that Bernard had seen IRA members hijacking a beer lorry and after witnessing them hold a gun to the driver's head he shouted at them to leave the man alone. A relative interviewed in 2004 said the boy had shouted: “I am going to tell on youse.”
When soldiers coincidentally arrived on the scene and captured the IRA members, it appeared that Bernard was later blamed.