South Bend boy sentenced for gun

South Bend boy sentenced for gun

There are 44 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 6, 2008, titled South Bend boy sentenced for gun. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

An 11-year-old boy who brought a gun to school will be placed in a state academy in Arizona to complete a program for juvenile offenders.

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trosmok

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Feb 6, 2008
More guns = More irresponsible gun owners
Independent Voter

United States

#2 Feb 6, 2008
trosmok wrote:
More guns = More irresponsible gun owners
More alcohol, more irresponsible drinkers--------there are many more family and crime problems associated with alcohol than guns. Let's ban alcohol-------Oh wait, that has been tried before. Well then, let's ban recreational drugs--------Oh wait, they are already banned and illegal to possess or use.
Cold One

Reston, VA

#3 Feb 6, 2008
Come on, an 11-year-old? The kid didn't hurt anybody. Give him probation if you must and let him go home. He's a child fer Pete's sake.

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Since: Oct 07

Sasparilla

#4 Feb 6, 2008
Pretty harsh for an 11 year old boy. And how much jail time did daddy get for not properly securing his firearm?

I believe in the second amendment STRONGLY. But I also believe in RESPONSIBLE gun ownership. I think EVERY firearm should require a permit and you should have to pass a test/course in order to apply for one.

This gun owner could have cost some kid his/her life. He should be the one going to Arizona for a program!
George

Duncan, OK

#5 Feb 6, 2008
But I thought that it was illegal for a minor child to be in possession of a handgun? And isn't it also illegal to have any kind of firearm on school/bus property?

I mean, it's preposterous that someone would break these laws! It's like...it's like the words on the law books' pages didn't mean anything. I can't imagine, words on a page don't deter those people who are bent on breaking the rules? Who'd have thought?
Charlton Heston

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Feb 6, 2008
Guns don't kill people. Apes with guns kill people.
asdf

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Feb 6, 2008
Cold One wrote:
Come on, an 11-year-old? The kid didn't hurt anybody. Give him probation if you must and let him go home. He's a child fer Pete's sake.
Who brought a loaded hand gun to school. Give him a break? Are you serious?

Giving this child a break now = some more serious crime later on in life. How is this kid supposed to learn from his actions if the judge "gives him a break."
Unreal

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Feb 6, 2008
11 year olds know the difference between right and wrong. For those of you who think that this is too harsh of a sentence, you are wrong. Actually, not only wrong but ridiculous.
pat

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 6, 2008
I agree with alot of the views on this one but, really Arizona?he is only 11 years old and doing this will probabbly only make him scared and then angry so yeah he might be worse off after this. I agree with probation and some kind of program but please do not send this CHILD to Arizona.
B Monkey Power

New York, NY

#10 Feb 6, 2008
That's right! Send the kid from northern Indiana to Az in the middle of winter for a vacation.
Not First Offense

Pittsboro, IN

#11 Feb 6, 2008
This is not the first time this young man has been in serious trouble. He has been given several chances to correct his behavior. By the way, wasn't his original story something to the effect of, he found the gun and was taking it to the school to give to a security guard? Or at least that was the best his mother could think of at the time. She has enabled this type of behavior and continues blame others for her and her childs troubled ways.

Since: Nov 07

Noblesville Indiana

#12 Feb 6, 2008
why isn't there an school like the one in Arizona here in Indiana?
Chad

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Feb 6, 2008
Unreal wrote:
11 year olds know the difference between right and wrong. For those of you who think that this is too harsh of a sentence, you are wrong. Actually, not only wrong but ridiculous.
This was way too harsh, he did not threaten anyone. make the punishment fit the crime.
Judy

Duncan, OK

#14 Feb 6, 2008
I assume the taxpayers are getting stuck with the bill for this. Good placement but the parents should pay for it.

Since: Jan 08

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Feb 6, 2008
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Corbin Leape wrote:
Pretty harsh for an 11 year old boy. And how much jail time did daddy get for not properly securing his firearm?
I completely agree, except it should be mommy/daddy, not just daddy.
Corbin Leape wrote:
I believe in the second amendment STRONGLY. But I also believe in RESPONSIBLE gun ownership. I think EVERY firearm should require a permit and you should have to pass a test/course in order to apply for one.
Would you say a person needs a permit and training to use a pen or typewriter? How about a permit to go to church? How about any other right guaranteed under the Bill Of Rights? I agree people SHOULD get training, but requiring it would be an infringement of a right.
Corbin Leape wrote:
This gun owner could have cost some kid his/her life. He should be the one going to Arizona for a program!
Agreed, and the gun owner and/or parent(s) should be punished, along with this kid.

Since: Dec 07

Indianapolis

#16 Feb 6, 2008
asdf wrote:
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Who brought a loaded hand gun to school. Give him a break? Are you serious?
Giving this child a break now = some more serious crime later on in life. How is this kid supposed to learn from his actions if the judge "gives him a break."
Putting a child! 11 yrs old in a youth prison= more crime! Giving a child probation,councling(for child and parents!) makes more sense!!!! And Charging the parents with neglect,TAKING AWAY THEIR(NOT MINE) RIGHTS TO OWN ARMS=justice

Since: Dec 07

Indianapolis

#17 Feb 6, 2008
INDY-RN wrote:
why isn't there an school like the one in Arizona here in Indiana?
Do some research- these are schools. They r prison(that children/inmates are dying in. Check out some webb sites-they are scary!

Since: Dec 07

Indianapolis

#18 Feb 6, 2008
that should read "these arent schools

Since: Dec 07

Indianapolis

#19 Feb 6, 2008
Corbin Leape wrote:
Pretty harsh for an 11 year old boy. And how much jail time did daddy get for not properly securing his firearm?
I believe in the second amendment STRONGLY. But I also believe in RESPONSIBLE gun ownership. I think EVERY firearm should require a permit and you should have to pass a test/course in order to apply for one.
This gun owner could have cost some kid his/her life. He should be the one going to Arizona for a program!
You are so right-the owner(parent/parents? should be sent to jail,the child needs help,not school/prison
Jackson

Duncan, OK

#20 Feb 6, 2008
Displaced Buckeye wrote:
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I completely agree, except it should be mommy/daddy, not just daddy.
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Would you say a person needs a permit and training to use a pen or typewriter? How about a permit to go to church? How about any other right guaranteed under the Bill Of Rights? I agree people SHOULD get training, but requiring it would be an infringement of a right.
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Agreed, and the gun owner and/or parent(s) should be punished, along with this kid.
...dont forget, a permit to reproduce...

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