Are you serious? Kids have been playing cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, and things like that forever. I allow my boys to play with nerf guns but I discuss with them that real guns are not toys and educate them on how guns are supposed to be used.
I mean you aren't going to stop boys from playing guns...it's natural. My son's daycare wouldn't allow the boys to play guns so they couldn't bring certain toys on show and share days but the boys would assemble legos to be guns, use the girls toy hair dryer as a gun, even their chicken nuggets if they were shaped right. Its just what many boys do...doesn't mean they are going to shoot up a school.
I agree with Paroquet. Kids take toys, phones, candy, and various other things to school without their parents knowing. I don't do a pat down or backpack search each morning to look for things like that and why would anyone else unless it has been a problem in the past already. And I understand the school system wants the kids to know the severity of pointing guns at classmates and such but I think a better way to handle it would be to correct the behavior by taking the toy, maybe giving him a time out because they should know not to play guns at school and then explaining it to the school as a whole and why its important to not do those things. He is 9, not 19, so I seriously doubt he knew what he was doing would cause such an issue. However I agree that suspension for a repeat offense would be acceptable.
The article states that “The boy who was watching the two-year-old said he fell asleep around 11 p.m. and did not hear the infant leave the apartment nor did hear deputies knocking on apartment doors trying to identify the child.” I believe this because my 13 year old falls asleep in his room with his tv up loud and often can't hear me when I'm yelling for him to wake up in the morning. I have to literally go into his room, turn off the tv, and shake him awake. There have also been times when he's been home sleeping during the day in the summer and his friend went over and banged on the door/rang the doorbell for like 10 minutes before he finally answered.
The Justice System definitely does not value the lives of children. People who torture, beat, rape, and murder children only get a fraction of what many non-violent offenders get. You can commit fraud on someone's bank account or credit card and get 5 years, you can get 5 years for marijuana possession, heck you can get 5 years for driving without a license too many times. If she wasn't charged with the possession of a controlled substance as well she would have probably gotten probation.
I don't see the issue with leaving a 13 year old in charge of a 2 year old as long as the 13 year old is mature enough to handle watching the child. In this case the 2 year old very well could have been asleep when the women left and how were they to know the child would wake up after the 13 year old was asleep, put on his jacket, and go outside?
Also for those of you who seem to think that shopping from 10pm to 4am isn't likely obviously haven't been shopping with women who enjoy shopping. I have certainly spent several hours at Wal-Mart myself...especially if I'm with one of my girlfriends. They could have went shopping at both Wal-Marts if one didn't have what they wanted. Or maybe they were doing that extreme couponing...I've seen that show where it took 2 hours for someone to check out.
But even if they were out partying or having fun who cares. They didn't leave the child alone or with a 7 year old...the sitter is 13 which is definitely old enough. If they were out partying maybe they are off on Thursdays so Wednesday is their night out. No one knows what happened but its reasonable to assume that they didn't intentionally do anything to harm, abuse, or neglect this child so they shouldn't be pusished. There are people out here who are actually abusing children and they don't take those kids away but let a curious child get out at night time and oh my gosh the parent is irresponsible and they take the kid away asap.
This woman is probably highly upset and going crazy thinking she'll never get her child back. That is punishment in itself and I'm betting she'll get some extra safety locks or something for the house and will leary of leaving the child with anyone but an adult from now on.
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