Boy arrested for angry football throw

When a 14-year-old boy “angrily” threw a football at another boy’s leg, middle school officials called the police, who arrested the boy for assault. The other boy was not injured. From the Mountain View (CA) Voice:

There was no real explanation as to why the incident was considered serious enough to involve police. The police report states that the unnamed juvenile suspect appeared “angry.”

There must be a back story here, but it’s hard to imagine what would justify calling the police and giving this boy a police record.

In Boston, a single mother called the police to get her 14-year-old son to stop playing Grand Theft Auto and go to sleep. The police persuaded him to obey his mother without arresting him.

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  1. I think he should be arrested. It was assault. Though no bones were broken. it probably hurt a lot.

    If he shoplifted at Target, he would have been arrested.

    Schools shouldn’t be impunity zones.

  2. Unless there’s much more to the story, school administrators should have been cited for filing a frivolous police report.

  3. First, if a back story exists, then ignore. Second, if Robert was being funny, then ignore.

    I have two daughters who are older now, but when they were 10 & 11 they once got into a fight. Great young ladies otherwise–one fight their entire childhood. So according to Robert I should have called the police? No impunity at home either? Assault is assault, right? Oh, and that football tackle was a little too aggressive, or that soccer foul, or that basketball charge, arrest them all. No impunity on the playing field either. OK, I’m sure you’ve got my rant by now. If there isn’t a back story, then they are…..oh, wait I better not write that, too aggressive, might hurt feeling, etc.

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