I grew up in a high rise building. My parents should have bough stock in a poultry farm, I threw so many eggs.
My oldest son and a couple of his friends used to sneak out at night and stand 1/2 block from my house, throwing eggs at cars. I wasn't aware of this because I was usually asleep at 3 AM, and because the friends brought eggs from their own houses so I wouldn't catch them.
One night, I heard a car engine revving, brakes squealing and doors slamming...so went flying down the stairs and out the back door in time to see my kid and his friends come charging up the alley into the yard. It seems one of the cars they hit was driven by someone bent on catching them...though they managed to get away.
To my knowledge, this never happened again, because I grounded my kid for several weeks and made him do quite a few extra chores...and didn't let the friends come back for a long, long time, either.
To have my kid shot in the head over this prank would have been entirely out of proportion to any damage done. To have put me in jail for it, ditto. By the time the city and/or county paid for my room&board, and my kid's room&board, and put my other kids up somewhere, it would have cost far more than damage done.
Having my kid spend the next 6 weeks washing cars would have been completely appropriate, and I would have absolutely supported that.
To me, the funniest part of this whole thing was the change in my kid's attitude the first time HIS precious red Mustang was egged. He was furious! :D (I'm afraid I laughed at him...which didn't help. :D)
While the punishment was over the top, actions have consequences. Sometimes dire ones. Pranks backfire at times and you have to be ready to pay the price and sometimes the price winds up being way too high.
I don't advocate shooting a kid for throwing eggs. On the other side, it ought to be impressed on kids that a simple egg can have serious consequences.
I worked a motor vehicle accident - or crash as they call them today - involving egg throwing. A woman was driving home from somewhere and had a child in the back, about 3 yrs old. An egg hit the windshield, scaring and distracting her, and obstructing her view. She hit her brakes and was rear ended by a car behind her.
In any case, the child suffered permanent brain damage. This was in the days before infant carriers.
Probably just a good old fashioned monkey stomping would have been enough. ;)
What's the "sweet natured boy" who "stays out of trouble" and "growing up to be a good man" doing out running the streets at 3 a.m.?Family members said Burton, who was a junior at Westland High School, was a sweet-natured boy who stayed out of trouble, McEntyre reported.
"He was a good boy, growing up to be a good man," said Patti Burton.
Where you at parents??
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