How many of you participated in a food fight while in either middle-school or high school? I know I did, in both actually, and I was not arrested either time. However at the beginning of this month, students from the middle-school campus of Perspectives Charter Schools, in Chicago, were arrested for just that, a food fight.
The New York Times reported that 25 students, ages 11 to 15, were rounded up, arrested, taken from school and put in jail on charges of reckless conduct and a misdemeanor.
The article stated that the parents were questioning what seemed to them like the criminalization of age-old adolescent pranks, and the lasting legal and psychological impact of the arrests.
“They’re all scared,” Erica Russell, the mother of two eighth-grade girls who spent eight hours in jail. “They were handcuffed, slammed in a wagon, and their mug shuts taken and treated like real criminals.”
In my opinion, the only thing missing was real criminals. What are your thoughts?