Juvenile charged with aggravated assault

Juvenile charged with aggravated assault

There are 27 comments on the Public Opinion story from Mar 20, 2009, titled Juvenile charged with aggravated assault. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

An 11-year-old was charged with aggravated assault Thursday, after allegedly kicking a teaching assistant at Franklin Learning Center.

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Grandma Jo

Harrisburg, PA

#1 Mar 20, 2009
It's a sad commentary on life in the USA that we want to charge kids with aggravated assault when they are only 11 years old. Brats have always been known to hit and kick out of petulance or anger, but the most severe punishment they deserve should be meeted out by their parents or teachers. A child should always be compelled to face the consequences of their bad behavior. Calling the police into the classroom for something like this is crazy.
Time to end

United States

#2 Mar 20, 2009
Grandma Jo wrote:
It's a sad commentary on life in the USA that we want to charge kids with aggravated assault when they are only 11 years old. Brats have always been known to hit and kick out of petulance or anger, but the most severe punishment they deserve should be meeted out by their parents or teachers. A child should always be compelled to face the consequences of their bad behavior. Calling the police into the classroom for something like this is crazy.
Thanks Grandma Jo, but your name says it all. This world has changed, kids bring guns inot school and shoot people. Hitting someone is not right and If I hit you I would have the police called on me. Age does not matter.
Rob

Morton, PA

#3 Mar 20, 2009
i agree with grandma jo....it is pretty crazy to call the cops and charge an 11 yr old with aggravated assault for kicking a teacher. the kid probably just had a temper tantrum and kicked the teacher in the shins....big whoop...i hope the parents beat the kid's ass.

but the school is pretty ridiculous...they're showing that they can't handle an 11 yr old mentally challenged kid. what good are they if they can't handle what they're supposed to handle? i mean, these people have been doing this for YEARS...it's a pretty old school and only deal with challenged students.

bunch of crybabies...it's really sad when adults don't know how to handle kids anymore, especially authority figures like teachers and parents. that's a one way ticket for this country to go to hell REAL quick.
George

Disputanta, VA

#4 Mar 20, 2009
Time to end wrote:
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Hitting someone is not right and If I hit you I would have the police called on me.
If you're an adult, you bet the police should be called on you. If you're a teenager (14 and up) definitely call the cops. If you're an 11-year old kid, maybe, maybe not. If you're 8 years old or younger, definitely not.

The problem is that many parents don't want to parent anymore, and those who do are prevented from doing so because of the child abuse laws.
MyKidsWereDiscip lined

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Mar 20, 2009
Rob, It's not that they can't handle the students, they are NOT ALLOWED to handle the students. If the children were taught that there are repercussions for their actions this would not have to happen. Unfortunately, disciplining children has been taken out of the hands of teachers and parents alike. The only option they have is to call the police and let someone else be responsible.
Obits

New Albany, PA

#6 Mar 20, 2009
Time to end wrote:
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Thanks Grandma Jo, but your name says it all. This world has changed, kids bring guns inot school and shoot people. Hitting someone is not right and if I hit you I would have the police called on me. Age does not matter.
How long do I have to file assault charges against my three year old for throwing his supper on me? Should I do it now or can I wait till he grows up and understands what he did before I have him sent away? I suspect you are one of those people who would rather have someone else in authority raise and discipline your children than take responsibility for the job yourself. Franklin Learning Center is for kids with disabilities,such as autism, mental retardation, emotional problems and as such they should not always be treated with your "one-size fits all" disciplinary mindset.
Rob

Morton, PA

#7 Mar 20, 2009
MyKidsWereDisciplined wrote:
Rob, It's not that they can't handle the students, they are NOT ALLOWED to handle the students. If the children were taught that there are repercussions for their actions this would not have to happen. Unfortunately, disciplining children has been taken out of the hands of teachers and parents alike. The only option they have is to call the police and let someone else be responsible.
But the school surely can handle an 11yr old retarded kid...I was probably too harsh saying the parents beat the kid's ass...but the school handles the mentally challenged...why can't they handle an 11yr old? It'd be just as stupid to call the cops on an old man diagnosed with dementia because the nursing home couldn't handle it...they are equipped and trained to handle that and the old man wouldn't understand what's going on...does this kid understand what he did? Probably not since that's why he's in a school for the mentally challenged...right?
concerned

Gettysburg, PA

#8 Mar 20, 2009
The school also so handles some classes where the kids are problemed it is not that they are mentally challenged. These kids know what they are doing. the have are hard to handle they are sent there because they can not be controled in the public school.
LocalBiker

Harrisburg, PA

#9 Mar 20, 2009
The fact is if a teacher touches a kid even if it is in self defense, that teacher will be suspended from work pending investigation (possibly without pay). With so many of you teacher haters out there it is difficult to prove that you did not go above and beyond in your contact with the child...End result, teacher loses job and certification...America lost this debate when the good old fashioned As%-Whoopin' was taken away from parents and from schools....It's a kinder, gentler country....a bunch of weak crybabies who can't imagine a little physical change of direction...This works well for the power hungry socialists...the weaker they are, the easier they'll fall...
Sam

Waterford, MI

#10 Mar 20, 2009
seems perfect reasonable to me, it may be the only way for the school to remove him. When parents refuse to see how dangerous their special needs child is but demand others try to teach him at risk to their own safety then thye have no choice but to file charges so they can proceed to remove him from the school.
Right

Newville, PA

#11 Mar 20, 2009
Rob wrote:
i agree with grandma jo....it is pretty crazy to call the cops and charge an 11 yr old with aggravated assault for kicking a teacher. the kid probably just had a temper tantrum and kicked the teacher in the shins....big whoop...i hope the parents beat the kid's ****.
but the school is pretty ridiculous...they're showing that they can't handle an 11 yr old mentally challenged kid. what good are they if they can't handle what they're supposed to handle? i mean, these people have been doing this for YEARS...it's a pretty old school and only deal with challenged students.
bunch of crybabies...it's really sad when adults don't know how to handle kids anymore, especially authority figures like teachers and parents. that's a one way ticket for this country to go to hell REAL quick.
It is not any worse than if I yell at a highschool referee I can get charged and fined now days. It is the whole mentality we live in. A minister is not even safe in the House Of God anymore.
MyKidsWereDiscip lined

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Mar 20, 2009
I know of an 8 yr old (yes I said 8), that kicked a teacher in the chest because he wanted to go home. He was taken to the office, he kicked and punched the priciple, the counselor, and the secretary (all the while yelling the "f" word). He finally pushed his way out the door, one teacher HAD to follow on foot, another in her car, because THE SCHOOL is responsible for his safety, but they are NOT allowed to lay a hand on him to detain him. The ONLY option was to call the police. I'm sure they would have rather handled it themselves but our bleeding heart society won't allow it. Oh, by the way Rob, he wasn't retarded.
Kurt

Plainfield, NJ

#13 Mar 20, 2009
Obits wrote:
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How long do I have to file assault charges against my three year old for throwing his supper on me? Should I do it now or can I wait till he grows up and understands what he did before I have him sent away? I suspect you are one of those people who would rather have someone else in authority raise and discipline your children than take responsibility for the job yourself. Franklin Learning Center is for kids with disabilities,such as autism, mental retardation, emotional problems and as such they should not always be treated with your "one-size fits all" disciplinary mindset.
Humma, humma!
Moe

Plainfield, NJ

#14 Mar 20, 2009
Solution: send the kicking kid to SSVC. He can be the one getting slapped in their next YouTube video.

Since: Aug 08

Chambersburg, PA

#15 Mar 20, 2009
When my child enters school... I'll gladly sign a waiver that state the school principle can kick my child's ass if he/she deserves it.

Since: Mar 09

Shippensburg

#16 Mar 20, 2009
LocalBiker wrote:
The fact is if a teacher touches a kid even if it is in self defense, that teacher will be suspended from work pending investigation (possibly without pay). With so many of you teacher haters out there it is difficult to prove that you did not go above and beyond in your contact with the child...End result, teacher loses job and certification...America lost this debate when the good old fashioned As%-Whoopin' was taken away from parents and from schools....It's a kinder, gentler country....a bunch of weak crybabies who can't imagine a little physical change of direction...This works well for the power hungry socialists...the weaker they are, the easier they'll fall...
I couldn't agree more.
Peppermint Patty

Gettysburg, PA

#17 Mar 20, 2009
Franklin COunty learning center does alot for schools in Franklin County! Not everyone is retarted who goes there or who migh thave a teacher who works in our locals schools with them.

Would you sooner have the teachers grab a hold of your child and beat the tar out of them ? I'm sure you will say yeagh if they need it. I'm here to tell you I bet you would be the first in line to sue that teacher to.
They have a system they follow. so I'm sure this is not the first time the child has done this for them to call the police.
I Feel Your Pain

Landisburg, PA

#18 Mar 20, 2009
Whatever happened to "assumed risk"? As a vet tech, groomer and shelter employee, I ethically could not hold an owner responsible if I was bitten or kicked by an animal. By taking a job as a professional handler of animals, I was assuming the risk of being bitten, as it is understood that I, as a trained professional, should be capable of handling the animal entrusted to my care. Shouldn't teachers and school officials in a setting where mentally, physically and emotionally challenged individuals are cared for be professional and trained enough to handle kids who might become violent or frustrated? That job is NOT easy. It is very hard, and I doubt I could do it, but if you choose to, wouldn't you think to expect some trying cases?
Smoke and Sunshine

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#19 Mar 20, 2009
When corporal punishment was taken out of the schools this kind of behavior escalated. Kids are told in school that if their parents hit them they should call 911. I do not condone smacking your child up long side the head; however, spanking a child's behind when they misbehave should not be considered abuse unless the child has huge bruises resulting from it.

I've tried the old time out routine. Oh yea, that works well, NOT! My children know what a paddle is and all I need to do is mention the word and they straighten up. To some of you this may sound cruel but it works for me and my children are very well behaved. Rarely do I have to mention the "P" word in my house.
whatever

Wilmington, DE

#20 Mar 20, 2009
MyKidsWereDisciplined wrote:
I know of an 8 yr old (yes I said 8), that kicked a teacher in the chest because he wanted to go home. He was taken to the office, he kicked and punched the priciple, the counselor, and the secretary (all the while yelling the "f" word). He finally pushed his way out the door, one teacher HAD to follow on foot, another in her car, because THE SCHOOL is responsible for his safety, but they are NOT allowed to lay a hand on him to detain him. The ONLY option was to call the police. I'm sure they would have rather handled it themselves but our bleeding heart society won't allow it. Oh, by the way Rob, he wasn't retarded.
you must be an idiot, how the **** did the 8 year old kick the teacher in the chest, I'll bet the teacher was on their knees in front of the 8 yr old, had to be because we all know an 8yr old can't possibly kick high enough to reach someones chest, nice story, next time make it believable, you are pathetic

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