Mr. Obvious, you said this boy was innocent and should be let go since he didn't
take anything. If you read the article it did say, that he was drinking HER
alcohol and took some of HER jewlrey. NOT HIS! That is stealing. What is
innocent about breaking and entering, and rummaging through someone else's
I know Jenn and she is amazing! She is so full of spunk and energy, and it
doesn't surprise me that she did this! Good for you Jenn! Keep it up! I need
to take self defense from you!
One American still realizes that our freedom isn't and hasn't ever been free. We
get the world we are willing to accept.
Mr Obvious, I hope you are being sarcastic because if you aren't then you
evidently don't understand the social crisis that is upon us. Crime is
increasing because people like Jennifer don't stand up for themselves.As I read the entire post, I can see that Mr. Obvious is not being sarcastic.
He is part of the problem. Mr Obvious would probably say it is okay for a
school to hand out birth control without telling the parents. If
children don't learn their social responsibilities at home then they will learn
from the school of hard knocks. This is such a case. If he has been in trouble
before, he may be judged to be an adult in this case. If not, then he will have
a chance to have his record sealed and will not be adversely affected, unless he
doesn't learn from this experience.
Mr. Obvious doesn't get it. What is so innocent about a 17 year old boy who
smokes, is expelled from school and violates another's property? If the kid is
"troubled", haul his parents in too. Make them take parenting classes while the
boy does his time in juvie.
Why would she even consider doing this action to an innocent young man, who had
just made a mistake? As long as he didn't take anything, why not just let him
go and consider herself lucky? This boy is just 17, and now her actions will
cause him to have a rough start to adult life. The people calling for him to be
tried as an adult are the typical judgemental Utah folk, who want to crucify the
people who are not like themselves. He had just gotten expelled from school,
and is obviously having life issues. He is the real victim in this story, and
Jennifer is lucky that the title to this article was not something like " Local
woman in critical condition after idiotic attempt to stop burglar".
give it a break something your not use to unless it's a person in your ward or
stake. Justice is something that we all must face someday, so don't just put em
all away as they might stay.
Right on Jen.and bless your heart for not breaking his arm. where mercy is
shown so it will be given. The pile driver and "juvey" will be fine. To the
person who said he needs "hard time" and try him as an adult. You need help. He
would only turn hard and learn how to do crimes like an adult. this was a
foolish kid thing he did and he should be punished like a foolish kid. Jenny you
are a great example are you single? (I like a strong woman who knows how to hold
(on to) her liquor)
Here is what I am proposing. Let's start a domino affect. If you are reading
thing, start a neighborhood watche, get to know the law enforcement in your area
to help them, make a call to the police if there is something suspicious. If it
becomes known, street by street, town by town across this nation that crime will
not go unnoticed then maybe we can detour the criminals.
We have become so engrossed in political correctness, finding blame for why
situations occur or why people behave as they do. I feel this is due to the fact
that a large majority of people have become to "busy" to really pay attention to
those around them that they are not related to, work with or in cases have
community ties to. I am guilty, I can't say I know all my neighbors, but I try
to. What I know is this; We have to start caring again. We need to
start telling kids no, there needs to be punishment for bad behavior, and there
needs to be acountability. We cannot leave this to schools, prisons, or any
other institutions. We cannot blame the media: it can be turned it off. We
cannot blame the "today's culture": We created it and we have to live in it. We
are allowing society to degrade to a point were it is going to be unrecoverable.
Thank you all for your kind words. Never did I expect that one, what I consider
small, act would become such a large social topic. While I
acknowledge that what I did could have had a very different ending and was
potentially dangerous, there is a moment where reaction just kicked in. Many
times I have thought while watching the news about stories like this what I
would do. I got my answer. I do know what my limits are.I would like
everyone to know is that, while this may have looked reckless, I made a decision
long ago that if my life would benifit the greater good then that is it. This
country was founded on the principal of giving one's life for what we believe
in. In this day and age seldom are we seeing normal everyday people taking a
stand against what is going on with our streets, our cities and nations.
I'm glad Jennifer wasn't hurt. I'm sad the 17 y/o thought he had the right to
invade someone's home. Prison will be hard enough on him...he'll be prosecuted
Just as "Lawsuit isn't likely" has said. The guy broke into her home. He was
lucky she didn't break anything. She did the right thing. And she kept her
cool. Highly, Highly unlikely they will file a lawsuit. If they do...it will
get thrown out. He broke the law, she didn't.Again...way to go!!!!
And so glad you are safe.
Way to go Jennifer! Your instincts have served you well. Always be physically
ready for a fight, but avoid danger when you can. If you have to fight, defend
yourself fiercely. Attacker beware!
to Devil's Advocate: That kid got what he deserved, not necessarily what he
needs - what that kid deserved by breaking in to the house was a good smack down
- and that's what he got. If he needs emotional help, he needs to get it from
somewhere other than someone else's house. Props to this woman for defending
herself and her home / property.
Thank goodness she didn't pull out a handgun, otherwise this story wouldn't have
I would have done the same thing. However, he got off too easy. I would have
made him hurt. WAY TO GO JENNIFER!!!Connie
It is better not to confront a criminal always has been and always will be the
police's official stance on these types of situations. If they say anything
else, and then someone gets hurt, the police get sued. But I am sure they love
situations like this when the creep gets what he deserves and everyone else is
For those concerned about the boy's family suing her for damages, it's not
likely under Utah law.Utah's version of the "Make my Day" law states
that homeowners who use reasonable force, including deadly force, to defend
themselves from home invaders are automatically protected from both civil and
You didn't read my comment carefully. If the guy was big
or on drugs, what makes you think he couldn't has surprised and over powered
her?I'm all for fighting back, when it makes sense. Even when
you carry a concealed weapon, you are still taught to get away when you can
unless your life is in danger.I tell my wife and daughters to fight
back but if you have a choice get away and don't confront anyone. If you walk
into your house and you suspect danger, get out. If you can't get away then
fight back with everything you have.I'm happy it turned out well but
she was lucky
Who knows what kind of emotional/psychological trauma the kid is going through.
Maybe he needs more help than punishment. My guess is he needs both.Also, he could have had a weapon. Glad Jennifer is safe.
I'm now waiting for this boy's family to sue the victum since she probable
messed up his throwing shoulder and risked his chances of getting a scholarship
to play ball comewhere.Awesome job and I might of even slipped and
accidently dislocate his shoulder during the fight.
You go girl! Now will the judicial system appropriately punish this young thief
or will they slap him on the wrist and let him go? I'd of had a hard time not
kicking his butt by the time the police showed up. You deserve a metal
girlfriend for protecting your family and the items you've worked so hard for.
Thank God that HE protected you throughout this entire nightmare.
Way to go girl? Reading the article, I wonder if you were drunk? He could have
What a great story! Kudos to Jennifer, that is a scary situation and I'm glad
she didn't get hurt and this young punk will hopefully get what's coming to him.
Jennifer Have you thought about teaching a self-defense class? My daughters and
I would be the first to sign up!
Rolling over for criminals is a selfish move. It may benefit you individually,
but it is hurting society as a whole. Police can't respond quickly enough to
most situations, and when they do, things often escalate way too fast and turn
into even more dangerous and destructive situations.I'm sure if
Jennifer had seen a 250-lb man rather than the kid, she would have booked it out
of her house and gotten to a safe location. My point is, you
shouldn't automatically believe that the best course of action is to let the
criminal get away.
The SL county police recently issued a statement saying that it's not a good
idea to fight criminals and that normally you should just give them whatever
they want. This story is yet another case (about the 5th in the last 2 weeks)
of potential victims making life difficult for criminals, and I think most
people can see that the method works well. Why let the creep get away so he can
victimize and traumatize someone else? I agree with whomever said
she should have broken his arm. The way the court system works and the prison
overcrowding in our state, there's a good chance he'll be out and about in no
time. Plus, she would have been covered under the "castle doctrine" laws or
whatever they're called.
Are you busy Saturdays? Notre Dame could use some help! That punk should
really be embarrassed. Put his sorry picture in the paper so everyone can see
the end result turned out safely....
I like catching the kid as much as the next person but in this case the smarter
move would have been to leave house and all for help as soon as she smelled the
smoke.What if the the kid would have turned out to be a 250 lb pound
guy on crack? and maybe with a gun?
The NFL will be calling to find out about that tackle!! Jennifer - You were
lucky as it was a teenage thief, but please be safe! You never know who else
could be lurking around the next basement window. As for the kid, there is
something to be learned here. Breaking and entering, stealing someone else's
property will not fix your problem. YOU need to fix it and fix it properly.
Own up and be a man. Do the next right thing. Good Luck!
I like Jennifer!!!! I think she and I could be friends!!!! someone tried to
steal my purse once and I didn't let them get away with it. I then yelled at
them they were stupid because I had a car and they laughed at me. I jumped in
it and gunned the engine. Those boys took off running as I zoomed across the
parking lot towards them when I floored it. Unfortunately they got away into
the projects. which I wasn't afraid to drive through. a couple of weeks later
they got caught and I helped id them. I didn't regret giving them what they
deserved.... oh I could have run into them with my car, I had the chance but I
knew I would have been arrested so I choose to just scary them to death! WOO
I'm thrilled that she did what she did so take this next comment as I mean it. I
laughed at the pile-driver comment. Isn't that WWF not NFL (not saying football
players wouldn't try to get away with it).
Well done, Jennifer! Maybe if other "wanna-be" criminals hear about this, they
will think twice about getting what that kid got.
Beware, he might sue you for assault. I know it sounds ridiculous but it has
happened before, and the crook has won!
You're my HERO! You should start you own self defense classes, I'd send my
daughters! The only thing....you should of broke the little creeps arm! It would
of gave him something to think about in jail!
YOU ARE MY HERO!!! I always pray that I will have the insight and the guts to
do just what you did in a similar situation! Wow! Karen you said it best! YOU
Hogan said she comes from a small town but also talks about being an angry irish
woman from Boston. Last time I checked, Boston wasn't so small.
wow woman you are brave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU GO, girlfriend!
This is what we need more of. People taking responsibility for problems and
Good for you, I hope the punk learned a lesson!
We need more people like you. Great job!
Try him as an adult with hard time. Maybe the cycle can be broken.
Good for you. Glad you are safe.
Hilarious ending to a scary and dangerous situation! Good for you,
Jennifer--glad it turned out so well!