Have we gone nuts?
A ten year old child brings a steak knife to school in Ocala. She’s caught cutting her meat at lunch, and then arrested as though she was a serial killer on the loose. Perhaps a sharp knife was inappropriate on school grounds, which is a good reason to confiscate, teach her a lesson, admonish her parents and send her on her way. But why whack the fifth grader with a formal arrest as though she had committed a crime?
That’ll give a growing kid a warm and secure feeling about the law.
A first grader in Avon Park, Florida, lost control and acted out in class, kicking and scratching. That’s bad. She obviously has a problem. Teachers called the cops, who came and handcuffed her for restraint. Okay, I can even live with that. Then child — a six-year-old — was brought to police headquarters and charged with a felony and two misdemeanors. Huh?
When did common sense lose it’s foothold in America? Years ago, we’d read stories like this in communist China.
Moses Lake, Washington, 2006. Seven juveniles were taken into custody and arrested for vandalism and theft. Two of these were five and six …