I don't even swear, but this had me on the verge.
I can't believe I hadn't heard about this until I was visiting egghead's blog (which I highly recommend). It begs the question, what in the heck are they thinking over in Oregon? I have a 13 year old boy. His judgement isn't always the best...which is to be expected...he's 13. He hasn't smacked a girl on the butt (to my knowledge) yet, but I wouldn't be all that surprised if he had. I can't believe these kids are being treated like criminals for fairly typical juvenile behavior. I can't believe they were handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention. I can't even believe they alerted authorities in the first place. What should have been a simple matter of a visit to the principal's office accompanied by a lecture on inappropriate behavior has turned into multiple charges of sex abuse with the potential of a lifelong placement on a list of sexual offenders. I don't see how anyone can look at this and not be outraged. Now, if we were to turn this around and a couple of 13 year old girls had smacked some boys on the butt, I wonder what the reaction would have been. My guess is nothing. Chances are the boys wouldn't even had said anything, but if they had, I can guarantee you the girls wouldn't be sitting at home terrified that they'd end up registered sex offenders. To think they actually charged the boys with multiple FELONY counts...it's truly a disgrace. The only possible good of this travesty? It's outrageous enough to make people stop and take notice. Yamhill County, Ore., District Attorney Bradley Berry's opinion on the matter? "From our perspective and the perspective of the victims, this was not just horseplay....People may disagree, and I understand that.'' Here's Mr. Berry's e-mail address in case anyone...disagrees.
It's our job as a society to protect our children...ALL our children. Mr. Berry needs to realize that the greatest injustice of all would be for those boys' lives to be ruined over this.