posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 07:29 PM
My mother would relate a story to me about the time my two older sisters, then 4 and 5 years old, conspired to play a "joke" on Mom. The 5 yr old
ran into the house one day, crying that sister had been hit by a car, whereupon Mom panicked and rushed outside to find the girls laughing, all a
hoax. Even at that age, after a good spanking by Mom, they understood the "joke" was not a joke.
A hoax where the end result is people enjoy the joke, or act with mild anger, or at the worst suffer no financial, mental or physical harm, is one
thing. And above all, as my two sisters learned, you don't joke about a child being in danger!
So, to me, the parents violated what a hoax should be about and crossed a line violating a law (the felony and misdemeanor). They should have had more
presence of mind to involve the public in a hoax about the life and death of a child. My sisters sure learned!
They are being held accountable for the legal violations, the public money spent on the hoax, and as a deterrent to any imitators. Apparently, the
jail time was to deter similar hoaxes. I think the sentence is a fitting "public spanking".