Police, kids, underage drinking
By Karen Hollywood
October 12, 2006
Concerning the underage drinking: I don't know the truth about
that one instance, so I am not judging your son, the police,
or that situation in particular.
In general, I am OK with most of our police force, AND the way
they handle things. After one of my older sons was caught minor
consuming [more than once], I must say, I'm grateful for the
way it's dealt with.
I also have to say, IS SHE KIDDING? A heavy fine, hours and
hours of community service, and going to court is NOTHING compared
to what some of us parents would have happen to our repeat offenders.
I asked the poice why we couldn't leave him in jail for a day
or two to teach him a lesson, and was told it would be considered
child abandoment. I would like to know why spending a couple
of cold, lonely days in a stainless steel, bright, loud, scary
place is so unacceptable, considering the consequences of becoming
a habitual offender. I told the police officers I'd rather him
stay there overnight now, than end up in prison later with a
'girlfriend named Bubba'.
My son told me he couldn't believe when he walked into court,
that the atmosphere was more like a party than a serious legal
situation. I went with him when he was still 17, and everyone
was laughing, talking, text messaging, and saying "Hey"
to each other, with the parents being more worried than the kids.
They did quiet down when the judge entered, but I noticed that
few of them sat up straight, and few of them were dressed in
a respectfully 'nice' way [does anyone out there watch TV? Do
you not notice how the lawyers dress the clients to show repect
for the court? Do you not see the attorneys wearing suits??].
I'm not saying you should all take a shower and dress in your
Sunday best [like we did as kids when going to the doctor, plane
trip, or court], but COME ON! If you think you are being treated
too harshly, how about showing some respect, some manners, some
remorse, and offering an apology? That judge is not blind.
He can read body language, and considering YOU BROKE THE LAW,
AND SOME PEOPLE KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE DRUNK, you
are getting off easy. It is a known fact that the human brain
is not fully developed until near the age of 25, so what makes
you think you are OK when drinking under 21?
My son is paying his "debts", and only time will tell
if he'll continue drinking & if it will become a real problem
for him. As for his 'troubles', he credits his manners to the
good treatment he has recieved at the hands of the officers,
judge, and the system in general. He said he has an apology
to make to one person still. Thankfully, he understands that
growing up is tough, and he'll need to learn how to behave as
an adult is expected to behave to succeed in our society. Our
job is to teach them that life isn't fair, and we reap what we
sow. Telling him he got a raw deal doesn't help his attitude.
Received October 12, 2006 - Published October 12, 2006
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