ContEnforcement of a set of rules teaches children the inseperable nature
of choice and accountability. We create consequences to instill self-discipline
in the child. As they grow, the ability to create consequence diminishes and if
the child fails to learn the lesson through the artificially generated
consequence, ultimately they will learn through other, much harsher and
realistic means. This is why these kids are being charged with a serious
crime.So yes, a person nearly killing a child because of distracted
driving should be held to a higher standard. A person taking a swing at someone
should be held to the high standard. Neither should be charged with the actual
potential consequence, but with the high standard of violating the law. That is
what is happening here. They are not being charged with homicide or terrorism.
They are being charged with a lesser crime - but due to the serious nature of
the potential consequences, that crime is also serious. As it should be. To
suggest we look the other way or simply slap them on the wrist because it was an
innocent, youthful prank demonstrates the failure of our society to prepare our
children for life.
I think the author brings up a good point here, that intent needs to be
considered in passing judgment. However, the potential consequences must also
be considered. The primary issue here is the fact these kids were out having
"fun" in a potentially dangerous manner. One can nearly be certain the
consequences of their actions were not considered when they set out to do this.
I remember being a teenager, doing similar stupid things. Eventually I learned
the consequences of actions could not be removed from the choice of doing them
and I began to consider them when making a choice. This is a skill
seemingly lacking in young people today. They are taught through a lack of
discipline that there are no consequences to their actions and they can do
whatever they want. They do not learn this lesson until they are the ones faced
with tragedy. For this reason, the severity of the potential consequences must
be considered. Not just by law enforcement, but by parents who need to
establish discipline with their children. Such discipline, like punishment for
violating rules or laws, teaches the kids without the gravity of real
consequences doing so. (cont)
To Freedom Fighter:I would be floored beyond belief if an incident
like this involving a Muslim or minority were reported at all. When a Muslim
shoots 13 people and it is reported as a "workplace violence"
incident--I think we have a reporting problem in this country.To
bill of Canada:I think you nailed it--my letter was probably even an
overreaction.To Impartial:Again--Arab kids in New York
doing the same thing would not be reported. Period. The media makes sure to
edit race out of everything--unless white individuals are involved as the
perpetrators and then race is usually the headline.
I don't think they were out to kill people. They were out to do something
stupid (for some reason that's attractive to kids this age).I
hope we all learn a lesson from this. But I don't think we need to
destroy the rest of her life over it to do that.
If Miss Riverton had been a minority or Muslim, would this letter writer show
the same sympathy? Just curious.
This SHOULD be a story about how law enforcement and media exaggerate and spin a
story to the extreme. The kids are doing the equivalent of popping
balloons. Ok, and getting bleach on people's lawns. In reality, an
overinflated pop bottle is not an incendiary (that means creates fire by the
way) device and it is not 'detonated'. Youtube is full of videos of
kids (and some adults) doing the same and more dangerous things without being
hyped as 'bombers' doing 'potentially deadly' activities.
The headlines of 'Beauty Queen Detonating Bombs' has spread worldwide
when these kids have done nothing approaching a felony and certainly had not
intention to hurt anyone. The media have abrogated their responsibility in
questioning the language of the authorities and verifying the 'danger'
of small amounts of drano on people's lawns and loud noises. No wonder
the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world. I hope people come to
"Most involved", it doesn't matter any involvement in crime is not
right, she should lose her title.
These "kids" threw potentially deadly explosive devices, that actually
did explode, at innocent peoples homes, including an ex-girlfriend's.
It's not a stretch to have someone get hurt or killed. If these were Arab
"kids" doing the exact same thing in New York, would the writer be so
flippant about the consequences?
Not sure about the other people involved in this crime with "Miss
Riverton".....However, those who are entering beauty pageants in this
day and age have much that is expected of them. Beauty gets them noticed,
initially. Maturity, sound judgement, education, musical or another talent,
manners, public speaking skills, among other attributes are expected of one who
is aspiring for such a title.
I would want to be cared about and loved to have forgiveness. But, This
isn't like shooting illegal fireworks up in the air. I heard they used
drain o. That will burn and cause blindness. Intentions has a lot to do with