2. Man who hosted 'whites-only' party gets 30-day jail term
Punishment includes 100 hours of community service, letters of apology
Whites-only party wasn't the problem. It was everything he did in the article. 30 days jail isn't enough. Humiliated a 16 year old kid, put signs with swasticas in the yard, scratched a swastica into a car, and had a live weapon (shotgun)? I'd say at least 6 months to a year easily in the pokey.
6 months? For what? Humiliated a 16 year old? I don't know exactly what he did, but is that against the law? Don't think so. Signs with swasticas in the yard? So what? Is that against the law? Honestly I'm not sure but I can't imagine it is. Scratched a swastica in a car; punsih him for vandalism. Had a live weapon; is that against the law in Texas? I know you're a big proponent of anybody and everybody carrying guns, but I'm not sure of the laws. Is that illegal? If so, punsih him for that. Humiliating a kid and having swasticas on your lawn is perfectly fine, legally, IMO.
Intimidation of a child by an adult is NOT legal. Is it legal in Canada to go out and corner a 16 year old kid and degrade him by making him say racial slurs? I think not. It is in fact illegal. The signs are simply in poor taste, and not real sure about the actual illegality of it, but certainly doesn't help his cause. Vandalism is noted. The whole live weapon argument is moot since he had no permit. Yes, I'm certainly for people being able to responsibly handle a firearm for protection, but they also need to be licensed and registered. License and registration is also required in Texas. That's not the same as what this guy did. He instigated a problem and then illegally armed himself.
I happened to Google myself and came across this discussion you were all having on my littel screw up back in 2000. Im glad you all have opinions regarding this matter, and some of you really make some good points! I would like to inform everyone that yes, I spent 30 days in county jail on work-release. I was 18 and stupid, mistakes happen. Blame my parents all you want, however, they had nothing to do with it. I was a rebel and still am.
Just for the record, I spent 30 days in county jail, 3 years on probabtion with bi-weekly visits to the probation office, DID write those letters of apology, paid all restitution and also had to PAY to be on probabtion, which came to about $900 for those 3 years. I lost my job at the airport when they did a random security check and found I was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon. I am now in the active duty Army because I couldnt get a job for the life of me that would have been able to pay my bills and support my daughter. So I enlisted. I still to this day cannot get a security clearance, which keeps me from going Special Forces, which I wanted to do. So now, 8 years after the fact, I am still barred from owning a handgun or getting any kind of security related job. Even though I have served in the 82nd Airborne Division honorably for 4 years, achieved the rank of Sergeant, and spent over 20 months deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan I am still suffering from my one single mistake back in high school which I only did because I was hanging with the wrong group of guys, who never really put me up to anything besides the party, but none the less I wanted so bad to impress.
So everyone here that holds the rightous attitude of "they should all burn for their crimes", let me be the one to tell you that I have spent my time, more than my time, and am still paying the consequences of something stupid I did just after I turned 18. My fault, I was misguided back then, but do I really deserve all this??? 8 years later and I still pay the price daily......all because I had a pocket knife on me while going to a redneck country bumpkin school where EVERYBODY had a pick-up truck and a knife.
Oh, and by the way, there was no shotgun involved, ever, so take your news stories with a grain of salt. And it isnt illegal to own a shotgun anyway. You just have to be 18 to PURCHASE one. Humiliating a 16 year old? And saying a 16 year old is a CHILD??!! Come on people, you know for a fact that a 16 year BELIEVES in his heart and mind that he is an adult and usually tries to act like one. That "CHILD" used to push me down the steps for fun because he was bigger than me. The person who actually humiliated him was a friend of mine who happened to be standing up for me, so again, failure of the media to report what REALLY happened. I do not condone what I did, however, the news article blew the entire incident WAY out of proportion. Remember, you may make judgements all you want on people's lives, but if you dont actually know the WHOLE story or werent there, cut some of these "kids" some slack. Granted not all of them are good kids gone wrong, but you cannot hang everyone just because one year he's 16, and the next he turns 17. Do YOU remember what it was like to be 17??????