And not just the stoners, either.
At the same time that crime rates are down in every category, in practically every state, crimes by juveniles are becoming more spectacular. At the
same time, the public is becoming less and less tolerant of situations that "coddle" miscreants.
Part of this is due to a lack of punishment for minors.
There's another thread on ATS about the horrors of handcuffing minors. When I asked about what an acceptable response would look like, I was accused
of "baiting" the thread.
The problem is with a tiny minority of violent youth. As poor a job as we collectively do raising children, most of them turn out fine anyway. The
small group of real criminals realize that they probably won't be caught. Even if they are caught, they will not be punished in any way that
threatens their long-term freedom or happiness.
An aquaintance of mine told his high-school-age son that he needed to get good grades.
"What for?" was the teeanager's response.
"So you can get a good job" was the father's reply.
"I don't want a job. I don't want to work for a living" was the teen's rebuff.
At that point, I figure the battle is already lost. If the father was capable of summoning the courage needed to teach his son about consequence, he
would have done so a long time before this conversation took place.
My older kids already know what's coming. If I suspect them of having drugs in their rooms, I won't search the room. I'll call the cops and ask
them to bring their drug dogs over. I have lots of cop friends, and I'll be inviting them over for dinner when they are going on shift. And
inviting them over for a cup of coffee when they get a break.
Nothing unnerves your kids' hoodie friends like seeing squadcars in front of your house, or coming over for dinner and seeing a uniformed cop at the
You might think I'm exaggerating. But my kids know that I'm not bluffing; and they are the audience that matters.
That's right. I'm the national president of "Fathers against Fun."