Child Arrested After Opening Holiday Gift Early

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Child Arrested After Opening Holiday Gift EarlyWhat is the penalty for opening your Christmas presents too early?For one South Carolina 12-year-old, the penalty was arrest.A Rock Hill, S.C., woman called police and asked them to arrest her son who opened a Christmas present early after being told not to, the Rock Hill Herald reported. Police went to the house and arrested the boy and charged him with petty larceny.The paper reported that the boy's great-grandmother had specifically told him not to open his present, which contained a Nintendo Game Boy Advance. It was wrapped and lying under the Christmas tree, the police report stated.But on Sunday morning, the gift was unwrapped and the box was empty. So when the boy's mother found out, she alerted police, the paper reported."He took it without permission. He wanted it. He just took it," the 63-year-old
great-grandmother told the Herald.The women said that the boy lied to them at first, saying he was unaware of where the video game system was. After threat of calling the police, the boy apparently gave the toy back to his mother, the paper reported. But the upset mother called police anyway.Two officers responded and charged the child as a juvenile with petty larceny, although he was not jailed.The mother told the Herald that she didn't know what else to do with her son, so she called police. The paper reported she is a single mother and has been struggling with constant behavior problems from the boy. She said her son still showed no remorse when the police came."I'm trying to get him some kind of help," the 27-year-old mother told the paper. "He's the type of kid who doesn't believe anything until it happens."She said he has shoplifted, stolen money from her, punched a police officer and is
nearing expulsion from school. She told the paper that she hopes this arrest will be a wake-up call for her son, because she worries about getting a call someday telling her he's been killed.The mother plans to have her son placed with the state Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia at his court appearance, the Herald reported.
this is just F'ed up all the way and damn ,the kids 12 and the mom is 27, that menas she was 15 when he was born. Kids raising kid, that's a whole other issse.

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Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Dec 14, 2006 10:21 pm

Amen to that!

That is truly one ****** up story.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Dec 15, 2006 06:19 am

good use of our public servants time...

jeezuz

Czar of Cheese
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Since: Jun 09, 2004


Dec 15, 2006 09:31 am

I've got a student similar to this kid.

I applaud the mother's actions in this story. She finally stood up to the kid and made him responsible for his actions. (A little too late, I'm afraid...)

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Dec 15, 2006 09:34 am

Kid 12, mom 27...I am guessing the apple isn't falling far from the tree. This was in no way a police issue, this should be handled in the house with a belt like it would have been in my house. Complete and total waste of tax payers money.

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Dec 15, 2006 09:46 am

I'm with Jim, my neighbor lady is like this. 3 kids quick when she was teen aged. Now there's no father figure, except for the looser boyfriend that likes to get the three boys more angry at the world.

She won't (or can't) correct these hooligan's bad angry behavior, so if the county cops have to get involved, then so be it.

I see your point dB, but if there's nobody that will introduce the 'belt' therapy*, then the problem should be dealt with somehow, better sooner than later.

And, I'll add another angle on this, the young girl shouldn't be getting knocked up when she's a teenager. I blame bad parenting first, but then society's take on the issue (both pro and con) don't help either.



* by belt therapy, i'm not necessarily condoning violence, as I don't think that corrects behavior after a certain age, but I'm implying strong and firm discipline.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Dec 15, 2006 09:51 am

I am certainly not condoning child abuse, but I am less condoning of todays sissy methods of disciplines..."timeouts" and "good talkings to" don't do it. Spare the rod, spoil the child...

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Dec 15, 2006 09:59 am

I didn't think you were, but just wanted to clarify so others don't think so either.

I agree, strong discipline, enacted with understanding, seems to work very well. No hard feelings from the kids, plus they learn why things work as they do.

Czar of Cheese
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Since: Jun 09, 2004


Dec 15, 2006 10:51 am

I don't disagree with dB at all. I fully agree that strong discipline at home is necessary (just ask my kids...)

However, strong discipline didn't happen at this kid's house. Typically, your average 15 or 16 year-old girl still needs discipline herself, let alone trying to discipline children.

A visit or two from the police now might save the taxpayers money in the long run. The way our society works is that when parents don't do their jobs, then it becomes everyone's responsibility to raise their children. I'm not saying I like that, but that's a reality. I see it everyday, and quite frankly I'm tired of it.

Poor parenting is a vicious cycle...

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Since: Aug 13, 2005


Dec 15, 2006 11:33 am

Yes,a quiet word with the lad might help,if not put him in the stocks and birch the brat.

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Dec 15, 2006 12:24 pm

the great grandmother of the twelve year old is only 63. it looks like there is a multi generational history of teenage parents in this family.


Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Dec 15, 2006 03:04 pm

coolo, I think you hit it on the head.

I agree that something should have been done sooner, but obviously no one cared or maybe even noticed. I can attest from recent personal experience that even though stern parenting and total and complete honesty and truth about the issues and ramifications does not always work. And the cost in the end will either be a human life or monetary losses to someone. There are just too many forces that we cannot control or monitor when it comes to our children. We think we have a complete grip and have filled in all the gory detail's, but there are those out there that will do anything to give them reason's to make the wrong turn. And some do make that wrong turn. Luckily there are those of us that will go to great lengths, including involving the law if that is what it takes. So ya, maybe I agree with the part Jim states of saving the taxpayers money in the long run.

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Dec 15, 2006 04:07 pm

At 12 years old to have a kid arrested is rediculas for a Christmas present...

Czar of Cheese
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Since: Jun 09, 2004


Dec 15, 2006 05:34 pm

Ridiculous in what sense? I have known several 12 year-olds whose parents should have had them arrested...and then the parents should have been locked up with them.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Dec 15, 2006 05:41 pm

I agree, I know some 12 years old that should be too, but hey, we are talking about a Christmass present here he didn't beat anyone's dog, hurt another kid or anything that involved anyone outside the house.

It's most rediculas in the way that he wasn't jailed...he wasn't arrested when is hit a cop, wasn't when he shoplifted...so they pick to do it over a Christmas present?

This kid needs a good old fashioned *** kickin...and I am laying odds he'll get it, juvi would be a place to start.

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Dec 15, 2006 06:11 pm

I remember reading this on another board somewhere (Techdirt I think) and I remember it being mentioned that part of the story was left out and that was that he had broken into his grandmother's house to get the present.

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Since: Jan 18, 2003


Dec 16, 2006 07:30 am

the only thing this will teach the kid is that his mother is absolutely insane. it won't have the desired effect, because it's not a rational thing to do. calling the cops for something like this. if anything it's just gonna make the kid be more rebellious because he'll see authority figures as capricious and insane henceforth.



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