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(News) Stone Throwing Girls

A few weeks ago I mentioned an 11-year old girl in California who was arrested by a combo of police cars and helicopters for throwing a rock at a group of other kids who had been harrassing her. Well, as a follow up, the BBC have an update on that story....

Stone-Throwing Girl Escapes Trial (BBC News Online; Wednesday 3rd August 2005)


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Aug. 4th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
Hmm. Over reaction in the methods of her arrest, certainly, but if she did throw a 2lb rock, well, that was an over reaction on her part too. Water ballons might be horrible but they don't hurt, they just make you cold and wet. Mind you, I still don't think it merited 5 days in detention for her but making them talk it out is a very good idea. She has little English though, so this should be interesting.

Perhaps there should also be a reprimand for the boys for pelting her in the first place.
Aug. 4th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
I agree. Although, to be honest, her throwing a 2lb rock at someone at the age of 11 just screams help needed to me.

Yes it's a childish crime etc and not a felony really, but tbh, if a kid of mine threw a rock that size at someone and hit them they wouldn't just get a slap on the wrist. Punsihment and re-education time plus an extended apology to the kid in question should be the minimal reaction imho.

Water ballons are at least relatively harmless. 2lb rocks can do a lot of damage to someone. She should, at 11, really should be able to tell the difference. I hesitate to say bad parenting but an 11 year old should know not to do something like that. A 2lb rock could do serious damage to someone, ie almost kill them or blind them etc, if they were unlucky and hit in the wrong place. Unlikely but it could happen. Thus why kids shouldn't do it.

Still, a felony is insane in this case. It's the parents who need to be assessed, and talked to. Let them handle it and take responsibility for it happening. She's 11, she (probably) couldn't grasp what a felony charge would mean for her future.
Aug. 4th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
Actually, I would like it if the police took the local kids' habit of throwing half-bricks at each other, other people, and anything else nearby more seriously, but I think 5 days detention is perhaps a little much.
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