Friday, April 07, 2006

Has everyone gone completely nuts?!?

Four teen boys are being held right now for plotting to murder classmates and teachers in their school cafeteria. They are currently in the dispositional phase of the proceedings to decide whether they will be tried as juveniles or adults. What is perhaps most striking about this story is not the reactions of the kids, but the reactions of some of the adults in the story:
DiCamillo said the court counselors who had interviewed the teens Wednesday recommended they not be released to their parents' care until a full picture of their mental conditions could be learned.

Public defenders for the teens argued that they should have been able to go home with their parents. "My client is rather frail and vulnerable," public defender Ruth Ann Mandell, who was representing a 14-year-old, told the judge. "No one was hurt in this case."

...Frail and vulnerable? Give me a friggen break. And "No one was hurt in this case"?? Well that's a horse of a different color, then, isn't it? Ahhh what the hell. Just let 'em go! And one of the parents is travelling so far down that long river in Egypt that it's gonna take Joseph friggen Conrad to find him:
Authorities said the boys did not have any weapons to carry out the alleged plot. But one law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the teens attempted to buy a handgun.

DiCamillo on Thursday also disclosed that some of the teens charged have had brushes with the law in the past. Two of them were charged with fighting while they were still in elementary school; both cases were diverted out of the court system.

The 14-year-old was charged Wednesday with grabbing a girl by the neck and threatening to kill her.

The father of one of the 15-year-old boys said after the hearing Thursday that the charges were a mistake. "I think it's just kids hanging out together and having a little wild time, that's all," he said.

So plotting to snuff your classmates and teachers is "having a little wild time," huh?

I'm sure Klebold's and Harris' parents said the same thing. 


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