Arrested for Wishing?

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    Are we really arresting children for wishing now? The thought police seem to be winning. Unless there is alot more to this story this country is in serious trouble.
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    Bullied Elementary Student Arrested After Wishing For Gun
    YUBA CITY —
    When 11-year-old Brenton Peraita got sent to the office of his elementary school, he knew he was in big trouble. But then... "I was just sitting in one of the chairs in the office, waiting. And I saw a police officer. And I was like, 'Oh No,'" Brenton said.

    Police arrested Brenton for making criminal threats after he said he wished he had a gun to get rid of some other students- students that, he says, had been bullying and abusing him.
    Elementary Student Arrested After Wishing For Gun in Yuba City - KTXL
     
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    Are teachers not allowed to ream kids out for being bullies anymore?

    "Jose Peraita acknowledges that, in the present context of school violence and tragedy on campuses around the country, threats need to be taken seriously. But he says he thinks that should have happened long ago when his son first felt threatened by the bullies."

    Sad that nothing was doing prior to this kid blurting out about the gun. Fail on the school's part.
     
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    Or the parents...what kind of kid thinks shooting people is a way to solve problems?
     
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    While not arguing the incidents leading up to the arrest, I just find it odd that in our brave new world you can have a guy tell his wife, "If you leave me I'll come back and kill you bitch" and have the police tell the wife that they're sorry, they have to wait until the guy actually DOES something before they can act, and yet we arrest a child for saying I WISH I could kill you.
     
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    I don't understand why the police were involved, but that "wish" certainly is a serious matter. There is always more to the story when minors and schools are involved. As Judge Judy would say "If it doesn't make sense, it's probably not true". I'd love to know the whole story. Chances are that kid is truly disturbed.
     
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    The majority of these storys are kids of color bulling white kids.
     
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    While the child wishing his schoolmates dead is certainly serious and needs to be addressed, the bigger matter to me is that we've crossed a line in that we have someone being punished simply for expressing a desire to commit a crime. How many people in this world have played the game of "What would I do if I knew I wouldn't get caught?" When did we reach a point where we criminalize our thoughts?
     
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    Just to note.. there is a sub-forum on USMB dealing with race relations. Would you be so kind as to confine your irrelevant racial diatribes there please?
     
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    You can ignore whatever you want, don't ask me to.

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    We haven't. At least not in NJ. Here a "terroristic threat" must be credible - including both intent and means to carry it out. That's why I suspect we are getting half the story. The other half may onclude "my dads got a gun and I know how to use it" I'm not sure about the law in that state, but I still think it was more than a "wish"
     

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