The Electric Commentary

Monday, June 20, 2005

MADDness

Cracking down on responsible parenting, here.

2 Comments:

  • Hold on, Paul. Of course it's utterly ridiculous that these people got 27 months in prison, more than many violent criminals get. But I'd hardly call hosting a party with 60 drunk minors and lying to their parents about whether alcohol would be served responsible parenting.

    By Blogger MDS, at 11:13 AM  

  • I call providing a safe drinking environment when there would otherwise be unsafe drinking to be responsible. I also have no objection to 16 year olds drinking in the proper context. I do have a problem with the lying to other parents, they should have more widely publicized the truth (and gotten permission slips), but I am also of the opinion that some parents are engaging in willful ignorance here. And I'll bet that most knew of it. 90 days would have been about right for lying. I would have simply fined them.

    However, my main point is that the kids didn't do anything wrong, and therefore the parents should not be punished.

    The Lying wasn't a responsible action, but the party was. And they were punished for the party:

    In sentencing the Robinsons to eight years, Juvenile Judge Dwight D. Johnson expressed anger that the couple gave alcohol to the teens a month after a classmate of their son had been killed on her way home from another party that included underage drinking.

    The Robinsons have acknowledged a mistake in judgment but said they decided to provide alcohol in a safe environment to make sure that no one at the party would be driving under the influence of alcohol.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:29 AM  

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