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Cuff Him

On Tuesday, I came across the following story on the AP wire.  It involved a mom in South Carolina who had her own 12-year-old son arrested - because he unwrapped a Christmas present early.  The following article appeared in a newspaper called the Rock Hill Herald:

A 12-year-old Rock Hill boy wouldn’t wait to unwrap his Christmas present. But his defiance landed him in trouble with the law after his mother and great-grandmother called police.

The boy’s great-grandmother had told him not to open his Nintendo Game Boy Advance, which she had wrapped and placed beneath the Christmas tree, according to a police report.

But Sunday morning, she found the box of the popular hand-held game console unwrapped and opened. Both the great-grandmother and the mother said they asked the boy where the present was. He said he didn’t know. When the mother threatened to call the police, the boy got the Game Boy from his room, the report said.

The 27-year-old mother called the police anyway, she said Monday, because she didn’t feel she had any other option in dealing with the child she says “can’t stand authority.”

“He took it without permission. He wanted it. He just took it,” the 63-year-old great-grandmother said. The boy was arrested on petty larceny charges, taken to the Rock Hill police station in handcuffs and held until his mother picked him up after church.

That's about as far as the story went when I read it on the AP wire.  However, the newspaper article goes further, saying that the mother is a single mom who also has a 7-year-old daughter.  The 12-year-old boy has been diagnosed with ADHD, but his medicine doesn't seem to help.

The mother, the article says, is putting herself through college and is at her wit's end as far as her son is concerned.  According to the article, the boy was arrested last month at his "alternative" school when he took a swing at a police officer.  The mother says that neither that arrest nor this one seemed to phase him.  He apparently gets off on the attention.  It will be up to the juvenile courts in South Carolina to decide what happens to the boy now.

The mother hopes he can be "scared straight."  I say this boy won't scare easily.

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