I got a little ticked-off today when I read in the news about a man who has been charged with child endangerment for capturing a 14-year-old who was doorbell ditching. The boy, with 3 of his friends, pounded on the man’s door and took off running when he came to the door.
Now, I doorbell ditched when I was a kid. And, once, on Halloween, I got the cops called on me. (The irony here is, we weren’t doorbell ditching, but ringing the doorbell because we were hoping to get some candy. The lady was drunk and probably didn’t realize it was HALLOWEEN.)
Anyway, back to these kids…
So, the guy is getting charged with child endangerment and harassment.
Wait, the guy was in his underwear about to go to bed when he hears this loud pounding on his door. Having been there as a homeowner, when someone pounds on the door, your heart starts pounding and your adrenaline starts pumping. As you go to the door, you’re wondering what might be going on. You are scared and the fright-or-flight reflexes kick in. And, when it turns out to be a prank, you’re somewhat relieved, but you’re also angry for having been scared like that.
Oh, I should add that they were pounding on his BACK, not the front, door.
So, who was harassing whom?
No charges have been brought against the teenagers. But, I think the real perp here is the district attorney for Bethlehem, New York (Albany County D.A. Office). Mr. P. David Soares, in my mind, shouldn’t be in office. I know I don’t have all the details of the case, but the fact that charges are being filed at all boggles the mind. In my day, the cops called to the scene might have said something like, “Mr. Brown (don’t know the kid’s real name), if you don’t give your boy a good spanking, I will. Make sure your kid knows he’s lucky Mr. Van Plew didn’t pull out a gun and shoot him. How was he to know it wasn’t a mugger or robber at the door? Now, take your kid home and I hope I don’t get called out here again.”
Here’s his phone number if you want to call Mr. Soares: (518) 487-5460
I called and left a message. It will be interesting to see what their response is, if any.
I just hope the judge over the case throws it out. A more recent story says that the father of the child agreed to press charges after having been asked by the police if he would like to press charges. Shame on that police officer and that father. What type of message does this send to the ding-dong-ditching son?
That brings me to this…
There should be a law that says, anything that happens to you while committing a crime is your own darn fault and you have no recourses financially or otherwise.
I’m sick of hearing about criminals who get hurt while committing a crime and then sue for whatever reason. Granted, this kids offense was minor, it was still wrong. WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. And, what Mr. Van Plew did was normal and not excessive.