Police Cite Middle Schooler for Stealing Two Cookies
What's the proper response to a child that steals two cookies? Can it really be calling the police to issue her a citation?
Police cited a [14-year-old female]Bethlehem middle school student for stealing two cookies worth 50 cents from the cafeteria at the request of one of the student's parents, school officials said today.
True, she was on suspension for having stolen candy from a teacher's desk, and it was her parent who asked the school to call in the police, but this doesn't seem to me to be appropriate intervention.
It reminds me of a time years ago I was in juvie court waiting for my client's case to be called, when the judge called the case of another kid, whom I just happened to know because he went to school with the TL kid. It was a curfew violation, and the judge issued the typical punishment...a deferred with community service. Then his mother, standing next to him, said to the Judge, "Can't you give him more than that?"
It's not necessary or desirable to involve the criminal justice system for every misdeed.
What would be better for the cookie heister? I'd suggest the parent insist she hand write a note of apology and then the parent accompany her on a visit to the person she stole from to deliver it in person.
[hat tip Scribe]
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