I'll attach an article or two to give you a little background...
...but here's the lowdown...in a Sydney suburb, a 12 year old was stopped by cops for throwing rocks at vehicles and damaging buses in the process. The mother of the kid started videoing thinking she'd make it "go viral" to show police abuse. Actually, it's gone viral for other reasons...watch the video above...
Article 2 - that includes a video of the mother defending her son because, of course, he didn't do anything wrong.
What a disgusting display of a lack of respect for authority. With this mentality, this mother will also accuse teachers of being in the wrong when her son is given detention, employers out to get her son when he is fired from a job, the probation officer being unfair when her son is recommended for a jail term, the judicial system being corrupt when her son is given a jail sentence, the prison system being abusive when her son is put into solitary confinement for spitting and throwing urine on staff............sadly, this all is likely to happen.
I hope she enjoys visiting her children in prison because that's where they will most likely end up. Years ago, I was a caseworker at an institution for incarcerated youth. I knew kids (and parents) exactly like this.
The kid was throwing rocks at cars and caused damage to buses. People have died from the actions of such pranks. When you are throwing rocks at cars that potentially cause damage and/or injury, you are committing a crime. On the video, threats of violence are made as well. For the safety of the youth, police, and other children around, handcuffs (unfortunately) appear to be a sensible use of force in this scenario.
This mother is an embarrassment to any other parents who are trying to raise their children with values and to learn to differentiate between right and wrong. As for the kids, well, sadly, I'm thinking Australian taxpayers will sooner or later be paying for his accommodation, food, and healthcare in a prison.
Harsh? Yes. Judgemental? Yes. Do I hope one day there is a 60 Minutes special on this kid ten years from now focusing on how he turned his life around and is a positive force in society? Absolutely.
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It's my first time participating in this link-up, and I enjoy the "anything goes" element to it...so why not link-up something somewhat controversial to get this party started???