Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Future Democrat Voter

In only 5 years this boy will be a registered democrat:

13-year-old racks up 128 charges during alleged crime spree

The multitude of charges filed recently against a Nelsonville teen has astonished prosecutors, some of whom have practiced law since before he was born.

Andrew Riley, 13, is charged with 128 felonies, in Athens County Juvenile Court. They include burglary, theft, vandalism and witness intimidation. The delinquency charges stem from a crime spree that has lasted more than a year, authorities said.


Anonymous blake said...

Andrew Riley is one mean kid. Can't help wondering where his parents were during this time? They must have known something was wrong, No kid is good enough to keep all the facts hidden from parents. Or perhaps he has no parents or guardian. Either way, he is old enough to know right from wrong. At least he will be in juvenile detention cell for a long time. That will protect the citizens of this small town for a while.

March 14, 2007 5:06 PM  
Blogger hashfanatic said...

sounds more like rethug behavior to me

perhaps he was homeschooled

March 15, 2007 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Many homeschooled kids have parents who teach their kids good life values and to know right from wrong. Don't know where the idea of homeschooling would cause such behavour. Our public schools unfortunately are full of violence, maybe that's where he went wrong? Any more guesses anyone??

March 16, 2007 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Les said...

Gotta agree with Jane on this one. While I'm a strong supporter of our public education system, I firmly believe homeschooled children have as many educational opportunities as those who attend public schools. It depends, of course, on the willingness of the parents to make a concerted effort to involve their children in social activities so they can properly adjust to interaction in the real world when they reach adulthood. This isn't difficult, as long as parents commit themselves to it.

How do I know this? Because I, myself, homeschooled for a year when my family and I moved out of state when I was a boy. It was definitely an adjustment to make, but my folks did a great job of getting me involved in social activities that included other homeschooled kids as well. Don't get me wrong - I certainly preferred going to school like most kids do, but I can't really support the idea that homeschooling inevitably breeds ideological clones, as I believe Hashfanatic is implying. On the contrary, my albeit brief experience with homeschooling proved quite the opposite. My mother - a very Christian, conservative woman - went out of her way to include materials that in no way conformed to the lesson plans provided by my parents' curriculum of choice. Her reasoning? She felt it unwise to unleash a child into the world without at least giving that child access to information that may have contradicted her own personal opinions. Does her decision undermine the notion that the destiny of homeschooled kids is pre-determined? I believe so.

And granted, I only did it for a year. Yet as I mentioned, I saw firsthand proof that homeschooling is not as isolated as one might think. Quite honestly, I was surprised when I realized how many families actually do it, and how many different social activities are available for the kids. Again, it's just up to the parents to maintain involvement in their kids' all-important social development, should they choose the homeschooling option.

March 18, 2007 2:07 PM  
Blogger hashfanatic said...

and if we eliminate the so-called "homeschooling" option. your parents will be imprisoned, you will be made into a ward of the court, or you can go to school like all the other kids, be educated in something other than the rapture, and you can become part of our future's brightest generation

or move to saudi arabia

your choice

March 19, 2007 11:34 PM  
Anonymous blake said...

The remarks of Les on homeschooling are true to form of the people I've known who are homeschooled. I was in public school but can appreciate the value of homeschooling when it comes to morals, which sadly are missing in many public schools.

March 23, 2007 9:40 PM  

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