Sunday, July 29, 2007

Steyn On Sunday

Mark Steyn has the truly unbelievable story of two middle school boys -- that's MIDDLE SCHOOL -- who are being prosecuted as sex offenders for swatting a few of their classmates' behinds.

These are 7TH GRADERS. Possibly not even teenagers yet.

The boys -- whose parents now owe attorneys thousands of dollars -- have been offered a plea if they don't want to risk a trial: "...that would mean pleading guilty in return for probation. The terms of probation would with younger children, which would mean they couldn't be left with their younger siblings."

Steyn's conclusion: "A world that requires handcuffs and judges and district attorneys for what took not just a failed education system but an entire society that's losing any sense of proportion. Without which, civilized life becomes impossible... A society that looses the state to criminalize schoolroom horseplay is guilty not only of punishing children as grown-ups but of the infantilization of the entire citizenry."

One of my thoughts is: What kind of a message does it send young people if it's communicated to them that parents and teachers are inadequate to deal with such a minor offense? What an undermining of the authority of parents and others who are responsible to guide young people.

The entire article is a must-read. It truly can't be believed, and I hope Oregon citizens will be speaking out against the heavy-handed reaction of their government employees, including the principal and the prosecutor.

One could easily question which of the people involved in this sad story are the real juveniles.


Blogger Retro Roger said...

And when these boys go home and turn on the television, they'll be feted by endless hours of the most vile pornographic shows, the creators of which will spend six months of the years handing out awards to each other at black-tie gala functions and patting each other on the back at Democratic fundraisers.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Dennis Prager has also been on this topic. I haven't checked because I've had other stuff going on, but I believe he had talked about setting up a defense fund for these two boys.

By the way, when did prosecutors become the bad guys?

2:59 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

One doesn't have to actively promote homeschooling, do they - just let the news do it for ya!

6:29 PM  
Blogger UGN said...

Ah, rebel ratt beat me too it. I have for years found it highly ironic that someone could be sued, prosecuted, fired, etc. for doing exactly as they are being taught via the media onslaught.

By the way, I just saw a Reeses commercial the other day that went something like this: Chocolate, peanut butter, and you--the ultimate 3-way. I think I am going to write them about that.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Ugh, I hope you do write them. That commercial is a sad example of the decline of basic good manners and our society's descent into tackiness and an "anything goes" mentality...


4:39 PM  

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