Ok - I'll step up as Devil's Advocate here:
A factor not mentioned that might have been influential in the rather "harsh" sentence and cuffing of the young boys:
The young mens attitudes towards the entire affair.
Perhaps they were the standard "but I always get away with everything", "don't you know who my (insert relative here) is" or "whatever" types
of young men whose fathers don't make much of a presence in home disciplinarian issues, does not present a positive role model, or isn't even there.
Or, perhaps: the kinds of kids who believe that their good looks, material affluence of their parents, and so on, is enough to justify any act of
indiscretion they may have.
(I'm the first to admit I don't know the background of these kids and there are very few such details in cases involving minors anyway - remember,
news is all "about the shock value", right?)
Back to point:
Perhaps the officers stepped in to levy a punishment that really broke through these kids egos and self righteous worldviews (if they indeed had one
to begin with) and really drive the lesson home?
I don't know about these young men in particular, but there is an alarming trend in the cavaliier attitudes and liberties taken by todays youth that
far surpasses anything my generation ever dreamed up...and this is coming from a girl who when she went to school in the second grade avoided wearing
dresses on Friday because it was the day all the creative young boys would run around flipping the skirts of girls up over their heads.
Now granted, that's second grade and many eons ago...but if the trends of aggression, sexual promiscuity and bullying in the schoolyard these days is
anything compared to what I've seen online....well, I can't blame the generations above me for getting a little heavy handed in their judgement
Catch them while they're young - levy a harsh punishment, drive the lesson home. CERTAIN BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
I can't say for sure, I wasn't there. Just a thought concerning the missing details of this news snippet. Not claiming I'm right, or saying
this is my ultimate opinion and conclusion on the issue (like I said, I don't have enough of the details to come to a conclusion)...just playing the
Devil's Advocate to see how the soup thickens.
Now, I know this is going to get me a lot of flak from some members out there - and, forgive the fact that I may not be able to attend this post as
lovingly as I do my daily routine and real world responsibilities...but flame away if you so desire...flame away, flame away.
[edit on 25-7-2007 by GENERAL EYES]