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.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.
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.
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.”[sputter][sputter]
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.