One teen’s noise

Teens who play music too loudly in Fort Lupton, Colorado, may be sentenced to listen to other people’s music, including Barney the Dinosaur and Barry Manilow.

“These people should have to listen to music they don’t like,” said Judge Paul Sacco.

Ten years ago, Judge Sacco noticed something that bothered him. It wasn’t just the fact that so many of the faces in his courtroom were so very familiar to him. There were a lot of repeat offenders.

No, what really irked him was the idea that many of them were teenagers who simply came equipped with their parent’s cash in hand to help them pay off the fines that he would inevitably impose.

Now that an hour of Barney and Barry is the punishment, there are few repeat offenders of the noise ordinance.

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  1. I like it.

  2. Catch Thirty-Thr33 says:

    I read of something like this years ago: for detention, students were forced to listen to Frank Sinatra. (If I can find the story – it is in one of my almanacs – I’ll come back and post it.) I think this punishment could work for some. For me, it would be a total failure.

    It also reminds me of the story of a world renowned Canadian poet and percussionist who did a lot of “drumming” with pens and pencils in a class once upon a time in Ontario – St. Catherine’s, if I remember correctly. His punishment, as he recalls the story in his book, “Traveling Music”? To drum as such throughout detention. As he sneered in his book, “Some punishment!”

  3. Downtowner says:

    I have a CD of children’s TV theme songs. When I taught middle school, I would use it from time to time when we studied advertising methods for language arts (seventh grade curriculum). The kids hated it because they found themselves singing along. As they put it, the songs stuck in their heads for days.

    I can see where this could be a very effective punishment for those who are musically inclined.