Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nanny state justice and thin skinned nincompoops.

No one has any common sense anymore. And everyone is always offended by something. Whenever something happens, someone must be at fault no matter what, even if it is something stupid.

Take this latest story for instance.

When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn't expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he'd be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record.

The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of race, prosecutorial zeal and the post-Columbine mindset in a small Indiana town and around the country, The Indianapolis Star reported in its Tuesday editions.

Legal experts question the appropriateness of the charges against Morton, and law professor Jonathan Turley at George Washington University posed a wider question about Morton's case on his legal blog.

"The question is what type of society we are creating when our children have to fear that a prank (could) lead them to jail for almost a decade. What type of citizens are we creating who fear the arbitrary use of criminal charges by their government?"

In the wake of the OJ Simpson trial Round 2, I read this and I have to ask myself...what is wrong with our justice system?

Or perhaps it is a bigger, broader problem at the root of our society. We live in a day and age here in America where common sense can no longer be found. Simplicity and reason have vanished into thin air. Like I said at the top of the post, even for something as simple as a high school prank, someone has to be at fault. Well have you ever thought of it this way....that maybe there are some instances where no one is at fault? We saw the same crapola last year when a teenage prankster was charged with "bias intimidation" after pulling a seemingly innocent, though foolish, prank at Walmart.



Unknown said...

So true and very poignient. Look at the story of the Atlanta school system teachers and officials giving passing test scores to students in order to get government grants. Our priorities are skewed. Political correctness rules the halls and achievement is deemed old fasioned or nonessential.

Gorges Smythe said...

We, as a people, elect these morons or the folks who appoint them. That's why I think the cause is already lost.