We just returned from court, where my 15 year old son , who is now a common criminal, received his punishment for the Egg Incident. It was an interesting process, really.
We show up at Juvenile Court at the assigned time. Problem is – 50 other kids with their parents show up for court at the same assigned time. We sign in – and then they start calling each kid and their parents up in front of the judge.
We sit through about an hour of other juvenile court hearings before they get to us. The other offenses range in everything from truancy to shoplifting.
As we’re listening – I’m finding the fines and consequences to be somewhat interesting. The following offenses carried these types of fines:
- Telling a teacher to fuck off: Disorderly Conduct charge – $100.00 fine.
- Shoplifting a necklace from Claire’s: Retail Theft Charge – $75.00 fine
- Throwing a snowball at school that hit a teacher in the head – Disorderly Conduct charge – $83.00 fine
- Truancy – Truancy charge – $83.50 charge
- Habitual Truancy – Truancy/Habitual charge – $250.00 fine
Oh – and one final charge that I won’t soon forget:
Throwing egg in school hallway – Disorderly Conduct charge – $100.00 fine plus $11 Restitution.
Thankfully, because Ben is still too young to work – they have a program called “Project Payback” – where the kid can work off his fine by doing community service.
So, the school punished him by making him, and his friend, do 40 hours of after-school janitorial work.
The judge punished him with a Disorderly Conduct charge on his record, plus however many hours of community service it will take for him to payoff the $100 fine, plus restitution.
And the kid had the enormous balls to ask me if I would pay the fine FOR HIM and let him work it off around the house.
I’m smarter than that, said I. We’ll be giving “Project Payback” a call first thing tomorrow morning.
Moral of the story: Can’t do the time? Don’t do the crime.
But my favorite? : Don’t start none . . won’t be none.