The first couple of links I presented to you all were crimes that minors have committed in the past 6 to 8 months. All different states, different races, but under the age of 21. All of them faced fairly serious charges for their crimes.
The young man in Texas was 16 and was given 10 years probation. The judge’s decision was based on a so-called social disease called “Affluenza.” I spoke on that in a different post but I’ll give a summary of what it is. Affluenza is when rich kids can get away with whatever they want to because they didn’t know that they would be held accountable for their actions because they have money and figure they can pay for it to go away. That’s not the textbook definition, but it’s good enough. And in actuality, it’s true. On one hand, yeah 10 years of probation is pretty steep. And hopefully, if justice decides to prevail, if the kid messes up in those 10 years he’ll do jail time. However, what’s to prevent another situation of “affluenza” occurring for him in the future and him just accumulating probation time? He will never learn self-responsibility. He was a minor in possession of alcohol and consumed it. He got behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired. He killed four people as a result of his actions. 10 years probation is lenient to me.
The second young man was an inner city black kid from Detroit, who attend(s)(ed) Cass Tech. He is (was) a Michigan State University recruit. He body slammed a security guard. My take, the security guard deserved it. The kid was leaving school for the day (because school had just let out) and it was COLD outside, so he put his hood or his hoodie on his head. The security told him to take it off, several times, and then approached him. For what reason? I don’t know. Maybe security guard man was having a bad day? Maybe he truly believed he was more than just the SCHOOL security guard. Whatever the case may be, he was slammed and Kym Worthy had the boy charged as an adult with felonious assault. This case is still in court, but the likelihood of their being lesser charges (unless he PLEADS) is null.
The third young man, will be having his day in court. He went on a stabbing sprees in Philadelphia. Injured 20 plus people and I believe four people are dead. He is being charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. Of course this all “alleged” even though the knife was in his hands, people were clearly running from him….. oh and his lawyer is seeking to have him tried as a juvenile. Apparently his family is like the Brady Bunch (aka square). I tried looking up information on pte father and the mother, nothing is coming up. Maybe if I lived closer. If they have money, which I assume they do, then this will be another case where a kid can go off and just get a slap on the wrist.
The fourth young woman is black and from Florida. I really didn’t want to post anything about Florida, because currently we ALL know that FLORIDA has issues with young black people. She basically made a homemade bomb on school grounds and it went off, didn’t hurt anyone and she was expelled and faces felonious charges of possession of a weapon on school grounds and (though it wasn’t specific in anything I’ve read) vandalism for damage caused. She’s apparently a good student who loves science.
In these four cases. We’ve seen one get off with a slap on the wrist. One not get the benefit of the doubt and two facing judges relatively soon. If the Detroit kid had money, would he have been charged with a misdemeanor assault charge? If the kid in Texas had no money, would he be held in a Juvenile detention center until he was 21 (or 18 in some states) and then transferred to another adult facility to fulfill the rest of his sentence?
Are the kids wrong? Without a shadow of a doubt. The kid in TX shouldn’t be drinking. And his parents should be in trouble as well. The kid in Detroit, should have controlled his temper. And the security guard should have backed up. WE ALL know how cold it was this winter. The Philly kid………. well you know. And no, the girl in Florida shouldn’t have been experimenting with bomb making on school grounds. (aluminum foil and draino.) The real question is, will there be leniency for the one where there were no injuries and severity for the one where there were many? Or vice versa? And what will become of the Detroit kid?
When will someone stand up for those with little money and defend them? And when will those with money realize that they need to be held accountable for their actions?