Kids will be kids

Remember back in the day when you were a kid?  We all did silly things  on the playground and they were mostly harmless.  It seems that harmless kiddie antics now warrant the calling of police.

Yes a school in Florida called the police because a couple of 12 year olds snuck a kiss on the playground.  What the police?  Okay I guess I should say the school started out with the Department of Children and Families that for once actually displayed a bit of common sense.  By not responding to the report but then DCF passed the buck telling the school to call the police.

I think back to my days in Elementary school.   Boys and girls displayed their interest in all sorts of silly ways.  Yes there was kiss stealing, accusations of being infested with cooties, throwing balls at each other and even name calling.   But none of it was considered a basis for calling in the police.  I think most of my teachers and principals would have been embarrassed at the thought.  They were of the opinion that if you are going to work with kids you needed the skills to deal with them.  If you didn’t have those skills then you needed to find a different career.

The thing that gets me here is that this situation could have gone in a completely different direction with a different officer responding.  In this case the officer correctly saw it for what it was innocent childhood hijinks.

But schools seem to be calling police more and more often to handle what should be the job of school administrators and teachers.  Police respond and question children, arrest children and detain children on school property without the knowledge of parents.  It’s to the point that your child needs an attorney as much as if not more than the parents do.

LegalShield members don’t have to worry about this issue.  They know that their children have legal representation through that membership.  A LegalShield family membership covers not only the parents but the children  also, including 24 hour emergency access.


Do you have a law degree from Court TV?

Judge Wapner.  You could say that he was the spark that led to the abundance of ‘celebrity’ judges.  Judge Judy, Judge Mathis, Judge Hatchett, Judge Maybelline; the list goes on and on.  TV Court shows that give us a glimpse into the courtroom.  It is good that we see at least a part of how the justice system works, but do you think watching a television show means that you know the law?

What we see on court shows is television-entertainment.  What we don’t see is actual courtroom cases.  Every courtroom based TV show carries a disclaimer that the parties involved have dismissed their cases opting to have them settled on the show.   Since they are not being settled in an actual courtroom, you are not really seeing the whole picture, just a glimpse that has been recorded and edited to result in ratings.

Some people watch the various court shows and suddenly think that they know the law from that one little edited glimpse.  What you don’t see is the research done into the cases.  And you definitely don’t see the research done into the applicable laws.  It’s like picking up a book and reading the preface and assuming you know everything about the book.  You are missing all of the plot twists and surprises that propel the story forward from beginning to end.

So if you think that you know the law from watching Judge Judy, think again.  All you know is the complaint and the ending.  You really don’t know everything that went into reaching that judgement.

This is why attorneys are so vital in our lives, they know the law.  They  read the book and follow the plot twists and surprises to the ending.  They understand how we are affected by the law even when we do not.