Teacher files charges vs. kid over gu...

Teacher files charges vs. kid over gun sketch

There are 7 comments on the Boston Herald story from Jun 13, 2008, titled Teacher files charges vs. kid over gun sketch. In it, Boston Herald reports that:

Taunton teacher is pressing criminal charges against a 10-year-old student after she caught the fifth-grader drawing a menacing picture that depicts him, a gun and a figure of her with a "bullet whole" in her ...

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Palo Alto, CA

#1 Jun 15, 2008
Pressing criminal charges? Good God! Why not simply amputate a hand or two for violating your right to not be offended? Or how about this, grow a backbone and do your friggin' job. You are supposedly a teacher, right? Quit your damned whining and teach this child. He needs to be instructed, not incarcerated. Or better yet, get away from this child and every other child. And I pray that you aren't raising any of your own. You're part of the problem. Honestly, many of you people make me physically sick.

Palo Alto, CA

#2 Jun 15, 2008
How about a public stoning in the playground? And while we're at it, let's go after every other person that's responsible for creating or displaying disturbing images. Artists, film directors, news agencies, etc. Dumbest damn thing that I've read this year.
Accept responsibility

Wayland, MA

#3 Jun 16, 2008
No matter how young they are we should be teaching our children to accept responsibility for their actions.If I was informed by the school of a drawing with my daughter's picture in it with a "bullet whole" in her head I would not be amused.Obviously you would laugh!And would you still be laughing when this child brought in a gun from home?And would you agree with his equally clueless mother that it was an accident when he shot a few other students?

Palo Alto, CA

#4 Jun 17, 2008
I whole heartedly support and practice teaching children. Criminal prosecution at ten over a drawing? Give me a break. Let's jerk the little thug out of school, incarcerate him for a while, ostacize from society, and then whine we he turns out to be a 'real' criminal. How about bustin' his ass and sending him to school to apologize for his bad behavior. Reassure him that a reoccurence will insure punishment again. I'm not advocating or making light of this child's actions. All that I am stating is that knee jerk reactions to a situation is seldom the proper or intelligent course of action. We need to stop and actually think sometimes. Not criminalize every opportunity that becomes available. Instruct.

Palo Alto, CA

#5 Jun 18, 2008
Sarah Wunsch, an attorney for the Massachusetts ACLU, called the accusations “appalling.”

“This is sad that a teacher felt she needed to draw a child into the criminal justice system,” she said, adding she believes the charge won’t stand up in court because it doesn’t constitute a threat.“Everybody tells us this is not a kid who has serious problems.”

Experts in school safety generally agree that filing criminal charges against kids should be a last resort.

Dr. Ronald Stephens, head of the National School Safety Center in Westlake Village, Calif., said schools should have a team that includes counselors and police to evaluate perceived threats from children.

Swansea, MA

#6 Jun 20, 2008
My my - look at all the people sticking up for this punk of a little shit kid (and his mother) who obviously has no respect for anyone!! I say send him and his mother, who thinks he did no wrong, to jail for a few days, then put him in front of the entire school faculty to apologize for what he has done!! This si what is wrong with this world - a slap on the hand and kids just keep on getting away with everything. Its pathetic and makes me kinda nervous about my own boys. THIS WORLD IS SO SCARY with WAY TO MUCH VIOLENCE!! STOMACH SICKENING!!!!
Slightly Amused

Palo Alto, CA

#7 Jun 23, 2008
So I can assume that you would advocate criminal charges against one of your angels over a drawing. Get real. There is much about this story that we don't know, and I'm definately not "sticking up" for this kid, but criminalizing a drawing is bullshit. He should be punished. If I had pulled a stunt like this as a child I would have looked forward to an ass whooping at school and at home, but I seriously doubt that I would have faced a court room. Regardless, the behavior would have been corrected. What is wrong with that approach.

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