The infamous Oregon butt-slapping case…
Okay, so I, along with a lot of folks here in Oregon, have been watching the “Junior-High Butt-Slapping” case with morbid interest for several weeks now. I’ve refrained, to this point, from posting my opinions on this whole fiasco, but I was specifically asked to blog it by a friend, and so, here we go…
My opinion on these kids and their actions (which you’ll get as you read) aside, I thought it was ridiculous that charges of “sexual abuse” were brought against these boys. The idea that anyone would have to be listed as a “sex offender” for slapping someone’s rear-end, is (as it later became obvious) nothing more than political grandstanding in hope of furthering some scum-bag lawyer’s career. (Sorry for the redundancy there)
I’m usually dead set against the kind unending frivolous legal actions that are tying up our courts (…and tax dollars – don’t forget, YOU paid for all this!) all over our country.
However, it warmed my heart to hear that the families involved in this three-ring-circus are suing the DA’s office. Hopefully, whatever moron allowed this to get beyond the initial phone call stage will be serving coffee at Starbucks by this time next month.
Now, if I sound like I’m in camp with these “poor little victimized boys,” keep reading.
As I don’t feel that the responsibility for dealing with this was EVER that of Yamhill County District Attorney, Bradley Berry or Yamhill county itself, the only people I can (and do) hold responsible, are the boys themselves…and their parents.
Yes, I said their PARENTS. I know, I know, GOD FORBID that a parent have to take responsibility for the actions of the child that they have raised and instilled (or not) with certain values, morals, and understandings of respect. Send your hate mail if you will, but the parents of these boys are one very small step behind them in responsibility for their children’s blatant stupidity.
Okay, blame assigned, (for what it’s worth) what about punishment?
The charges brought against these two boys were asinine as, 1: they were completely out of scale for their actions, and 2: calling a couple of slaps on the butt “sexual abuse” makes light the type of filth in our community who actually DO commit sexual abuse.
Rapists, child molesters, ect…all of whom rate just below ebola-infected fecal matter, shouldn’t be allowed to have their names listed on the same page as a couple of immature and poorly raised pre-teen boys. (That’s one of a long list of things they shouldn’t be allowed, including their own reproductive organs…but that’s another post…)
So what SHOULD have been done? This is going to be even less popular than the whole parental responsibility comment…
I’m picturing my father being called at work, having to leave work, and having to come and meet with my principle at the school. (I can picture this very clearly, as THAT part happened more than once.)
THEN having to look him in the eye as he was told WHY he’d had to leave work and come get me…
THEN being driven home and having my bare butt spanked with his belt until I had to stand through my next several meals…
THEN being driven to these girl’s houses and apologizing to them and their families, AFTER I gave them a detailed explanation of my punishment.
Yeah, that about sums it up.
I guess I was just a poor, abused kid.
But then again, I never slapped any girls on the rear in my school hallways, I was never kicked out of school for harassment, and I was never brought up on charges of “sexual abuse” so maybe my old man was on to something…
It was called RESPECT. Respect for women, respect for my elders, and above all, respect for a good beating.
PS – This wouldn’t be a bad way to go with the DA, either.
PPS – Since I know Dinana is going to ask the question, “What would you do if this had been YOUR daughter,” I’ll answer in advance…
1. I would speak to the boy’s parents, and recommend the above. If that didn’t end satisfactorily, I would…
2. Have a private conversation with these boys, explaining exactly what would happen if they ever laid a finger on my daughter again.
3. If their parents took exception to #2, I would be happy to have the same conversation with them.
Whew…okay, your thoughts?