Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mere Words Cannot Express How Wrong This Story Is...

Several folks sent this in. I'm still trying to adequately convey how fully and deeply this appalls me without degenerating into a string of obscenities that would make Carlin's ghost blanch.

Man Arrested For Protecting Home From Vandals
A New York man could be facing up to four years in jail after he captured four young boys vandalizing his father-in-law’s house – and held them inside a closet until the police arrived.

Jesse Daniels, of the Village of Clyde, is charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of children. Police say he threatened to hit the four boys with a hammer unless they got into the closet – a charge Daniels denies.
Go take a look at the pictures at the link. Those young boys TRASHED that house. This wasn't four young kids exploring a construction site on their way home from school. They were actively vandalizing this house -to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars - late on a Saturday night when they should have been home in bed.

That, sadly, is not the most shocking part of this story, though. The reaction of the boys' parents is:
“I understand they were in the wrong, but there are other ways to handle it,” parent Paul Bowler told WHAM. “He (Daniels) knew who the kids were. It’s not like they were strangers. And send the kids home and call the cops then. You don’t sit there and torment them and tell them you’re going to bash their skulls in with a hammer.”

The MOST they got on the guy is that he grabbed one of the kids by the back of the neck and left a mark. I don't buy that for a second. I suspect he might have said something along the lines of "you're lucky I don't hit you with this hammer"; even if he had threatened to "bash their skulls in", the fact remains that he DIDN'T. He kept them there until the police got there. The suggestion to send them home and call the cops is so incredibly ridiculous that I won't even justify it with a response.

Folks, if my kid were caught vandalizing a neighbor's house on a Saturday night, he had better PRAY that the neighbor KEEPS him in that closet.

I cannot BELIEVE the parents' response. I would be MORTIFIED. I would be APOPLECTIC at my kids. I would NOT be BLAMING THE DAMN NEIGHBOR. GAH.

THIS. This is every damn thing that is wrong with our society in a nutshell. Rather than apologize profusely, beat the damn brats until they can't sit for a month, and then work out a schedule by which the little monsters would make restitution, these dunderheads whine about how rough this guy treated their little snowflakes. Folks, my father would have beaten me to death - twice - for something like this, and I would have both expected and deserved it.

The parents complain that this guy knew the kids. Doesn't that make it like a THOUSAND times worse? They knew this person; this was someone in their neighborhood that they were doing this too. And when caught? Mommy and daddy get all mad about the mean man who said nasty things to their little angels - you know, after they destroyed his property and caused him financial ruin. Little things like that.

I can't even begin to catalog the failures here. There's the failure to instill the proper values in your children. There's the failure to respect private property. There's the failure to accept responsibility for one's actions. Failure to know where your damn kids are. Chronic hickory deficiency. Failure to know shame. Failure to instill shame. Failure to administer the holy mary mother of all beatings. I could go on, but I think you get my point.

Now, fear not. The one problem here, for the parents, is that they've made one critical mistake. By filing complaints with the police, they have already ADMITTED that their kids are guilty. They have ADMITTED that THEIR CHILDREN did this, and were caught at it. Unless they can PROVE that Mr. Daniels actually put the mark on the boys - and good luck with that - all they have is that he kept them in a closet until the police got there.

They, on the other hand, have failed to secure and account for their minor children. The prosecutor mentions that they may look at child endangerment charges on all the parents involved - while at the same time hinting that Mr. Daniels may not be prosecuted. If I were a betting man, I would say that Mr. Daniels was interviewed to get his side of the story, and all four boys were interviewed - separately - as well. It doesn't sound like he did anything wrong, and I suspect no charges will be filed.

The parents making all the noise, on the other hand, are going to wind up wishing they'd kept their damn mouths shut. There's damages done to the house - that were committed by the children that THEY admitted were there. Good luck getting out of paying for that. They might face charges themselves. They'll most likely get investigated by CPS - and rightfully so. Not knowing where your kids are in the middle of the night? I don't know about anyone else, but I hear my kids coughing during the night. To miss them actually getting out of the house?

In any case, this will bear watching - let's hope for a happy ending.

That is all.


Bräuista said...

sickening. our society is doomed.

Chasing Freedom said...

Reminds me of the sort story "The Destructors" by Graham Greene. Sickening.

instinct said...

Sounds like the parents are just pissed the the brats were caught at the scene instead of being sent home where mommy and daddy could swear their little angel was home all night.

Now all they can do is try to intimidate the good guys

Dave H said...

This happened just up the road from where I live. The father of one of the kids was interviewed on the radio and said he made no apologies for what his son did, but he felt that holding them there on what was basically a construction site was unsafe.

I don't buy it myself, and it sounds like the local DA (who was also interviewed) doesn't either. But I suspect he or the police probably felt it was a good idea to file a charge until they can investigate further, just to shut up the parents.

Daniel in Brookline said...


Did the father really say that he "made no apologies" for what his son did?

He bloody well OUGHT to apologize! If a child of mine did something remotely like that, I'd start out by apologizing personally to the other guy for what my kid had done -- and then I'd add "my kid will be making it up to you; you'll hear about the details shortly. Meanwhile, I'll be doing my thing at home to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Did the father perhaps say that he made no excuses for what his son did?

Jacqueline said...

My brother and several other boys, 12-13'ish wrote their names in wet cement in a new neighborhood (way back in the 70's). I remember the night my parents made him sit at the dinner table and write a proper apology letter to the builder and construction crew. He was also made available to do chores if they so required. The parents of all involved paid to have the driveway re-poured.

That's what the story should have been about; the homeowner receiving an apology and putting these kids to work cleaning up the damage they caused.

Dave H said...

Daniel: You are correct. He said he made no excuses for his son's behavior.

Sorry. Sometimes my fingers get ahead of my brain.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Dave: no biggie. Sorry, I just wanted to make sure I was criticizing the father for the right reasons.

Ruth said...

Thats not that far from me, infact, I'll be going right by there on Sunday when I take Apollo to a dog show. I hope the local authorities not only hit the kids with every charge they can come up with, but the parents too. The youngest was 8! That's entirely young enough that the parents ought to be held in his place.....

The Neophyte said...

If it had been one of my kids, the neighbor wouldn't have been the only one threatening him with a hammer.