Sunday, July 8, 2007

Let's Be Proud: The Antics Of Our Pre-Teen Children

Is it the news? Is it video games? Hmmmm. Two recent news stories seem to indicate where the future of our country is going to be in a few years - JAIL! I can't believe this crap. In Alabama, an 11-year-old Florida girl has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after she led police on a high-speed chase. And in Enid, Oklahoma, a pair of pre-teen sisters were accused of kidnapping an infant on Thursday. Yes folks, you read that right...pre-teen...DUI...kidnapping. Read On...

Police who chased a car for miles along a highway at speeds up to 100 mph said the driver was drunk, hardly a rarity in this resort town. But there was more: When they looked inside the flipped vehicle with guns drawn, they found an 11-year-old girl at the wheel. The girl, who was slightly injured in the crash, is now charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident. Duck said she sideswiped another vehicle during the roughly eight-mile chase. nvestigators found no alcohol in the car but believe the girl drank before getting behind the wheel of the car, which belongs to relatives.

"You go up there thinking it's a felon you're dealing with," assistant police Chief Greg Duck said. The chase began around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when a patrol officer near the Florida line saw the car speeding west along a beach highway, Duck said. When the officer flicked on his lights, the driver sped up. The girl rolled the car just inside the Gulf Shores city limit. Duck said the girl, whose name was not released because of her age, told police she was on her way to pick up her sister at a concert. Duck declined to release the girl's blood alcohol level but said a blood test at the hospital showed it was higher than .02, the legal limit for minors.

How did any legislature ever come up with a .02 alcohol limit for a pre-teen kid? And where were the parents of this girl? Probably out doing some crystal meth with their grandparents. But hey, this is only the beginning of our pre-teen news stories...

Enid, Oklahoma police arrested two girls, neighborhood sisters ages 12 and 10, who are accused of breaking into a home, taking a child and leaving a note demanding $200,000. The girls allegedly told their mother they had “found the baby on the corner” when she noticed them with the child, according to Enid police. Their mother said she knew there was something ‘fishy’ about it and recognized the boy as the child of one of her neighbors a block away. At least she had some common sense.

Officers said the girls not only took the baby boy from a crib in which he was sleeping, they also took assorted baby items, $20 in cash and left a ransom note telling the mother of the baby that "if you want to see your son again, then you won't call police and report him missing, and you will leave $200,000 on the sofa tonight, and we will return your son back safe." The note was signed “the kidnappers.”

Detectives interviewed the girls and placed them under arrest on suspicion of kidnapping, extortion and first-degree burglary. Neither of the juveniles allegedly would give detectives any explanation as to why they took the baby. I guess they just couldn't afford to get a doll from the American Girl store!

There isn't much that anyone can really say about these two stories. But there is one thing that should be obvious about these three pre-teen delinquints...

We need to add these kids to the list of those grounded for life!