Boy, 10, Arrested In Burbank For Pointing Toy Gun At Woman

BURBANK (CBS) — A 10-year-old boy was arrested Sunday after reportedly pointing a toy gun at a woman who believed it was a real weapon.

The boy knocked on the front door of the woman’s house and allegedly pointed the plastic gun at a 67-year-old woman who answered the door, according to the Burbank Leader. The boy picked the house because the woman’s grandson reportedly beat up his friend at school, Burbank police Lt. John Dilibert told the paper.

The boy yelled “you suck” at the woman while pointing the gun at her, then running away, Dilibert said.

Police determined the gun was a toy after speaking with the child’s mother and searching their home.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon, but was released to his parents, Dilibert said.

The toy looks like an Airsoft gun, which come in silver and black, with an orange tip that some children take off or cover with black marker, he said. Dilibert did not see if the orange tip of the toy gun in question was removed or colored over.

“They’re replicas,” Dilibert said. “They look just like the real thing. It shoots soft pellets, like a BB gun.”

The toy was likely booked as evidence, he said. Photos of the toy would not be released.

The boy’s identity was not released because he is a minor. He was issued a citation and will have to appear in court within 30 days.

  • hhh

    another future “inmate” how cute..

    • potraitor

      At this point your all $$$$ to the police it doesn’t matter who you are.
      If it was a MISDEMEANOR offense and police make an arrest they can be charged with false arrest.

      • Brian

        you can be arrested for a misdemeanor offense providing there is a reason a medermeanor has occured ie smoking one joint is a misdemeanor a roach clip is not a misdemeanor the arrest for one joint is called in posseion of a control substance that would the charge for an arrest less then one gram of coke will get you a fine 1 gram of coke will get you 5 years 1 10.00 rock of crack will get you almost life that comes from the Fed in which the state has overall different senctenecne lawa

    • Mark

      And in the same location we have monster teachers taking S&M photo’s of kid’s he has abused….

      LA is a poice state where the citizen ( 10 year old) is overcriminalzied while the state allows or perpetuates real crimes (A teacher) against the citizen.


    • Santino Vannozzi

      Sounds to me like something all together a little bit more traditional. The police talked to the parents of the boy and then later released him to the parents. Unfortunately there are gaping holes in the story. How long was the child held, were there any charges filed, was the toy gun recovered? That list can go on, but if there was a little bit of traditional “scare the child strait” and then release him, the boy might just turn out okay.

      • Mark

        Local LA news reports verify that he was indeed arrested.

      • freecheese

        dats how day train dem in da hood

      • Santino Vannozzi

        Unfortunately, leopards don’t change their spots, the boy is growing them right now.

      • Uncle Jeb

        STOP THE PRESSES! STOP THE PRESSES! 10 y.o. Boy arrested brandishing toy gun! This will go down as Burbank PD’s Finest Moments! They are all down at Jax’s Bar and Grill, throwin down Tall Boys and relishing in every permutation of how they stop CRIME! High Five me baby! That a way, nail the punk!
        This from a department that routinely understands Civil Rights!…NOT!

      • Bella

        He likely would have turned out okay anyway. He is a 10 year old boy.

      • PonyRunner

        Pointing a toy gun is not that big a deal. That’s what little boys do with toy guns. What is troubling is the 10 year old talking to an adult that way. Saying you suck to an adult, really? My parents would have whiipped my butt and grounded me for a month if I had spoken to an adult in that manner. If the news report is accurate then the parent/guardian needs to give the child a refresher course on manners.

    • Uncle Jeb

      Call a house at random, and ask for Gary. When they tell you that
      there’s no Gary there, call again a little while later. Do this at
      intervals about four times. Finally, when they’re fuming and about
      to scream bloody murder, call a fifth time, and say, “Hi, this is
      Gary. Are there any messages for me?”

      • Uncle Jeb


    • herman Mack

      A 10 year old kid gets arrested for brandishing a toy gun?? Probably one that “walked” during Operation Fast & Furious.
      Now, how about making some arrests in that case? Maybe start with Eric Holder?

      • Earl Hood

        We are sliding down into the pit of abyss by the liberal/ progressives. Government intervention into family matters is only going to get worse. Parents are not allowed to be parents anymore, now we are called caregivers. Raising Children are being raised without proper discipline (that’s child abuse) and being socially engineered by our schools. I pity anyone that’s raising children in this PC world.

  • NY9Solyndra

    Obama voter in training.

    • Sonia Lasnam

      Actually, he sounds more like a Republican touting his 2nd amendment rights

    • NY9Solyndra

      He’s got a future ahead of him at an OWS demonstration.

    • Gene Zippy

      Singular? You think he would vote only once?

  • John

    Seriously, how is this even news? Other than the old woman complaining to the cops, this is typical little kid stuff.

    • Joe Bloe

      No, this isn’t typical kid stuff. At first before I read this I thought it was, but he went over to this house with a gun, which he doctored to look even more real apparently, then pointed it at an old lady instead of the kids that beat up his friend. It was premeditated and he had intent to intimidate or scare. That’s a little advanced for a 10 y.o. He just needs to be scared straight about the seriousness of pointing guns at people.

      • Brian Bucklew

        People overreact to so many things, because they believe the stuff morons like you make up. The only thing you got from the story is that he pointed the toy gun at her, you fabricated the rest to suit yourself.

      • John

        Joe, how do you know the kid wasn’t playing with his TOY before he decided, on an impulse (since 10 year olds have little impulse control), to confront this older woman. If you want to be fair, where is the follow-up mentioning her grandson being arrested for assault for beating up the first kid’s friend? If one is liable and able to understand his actions like an adult, the other needs be held to the same standards. I’m sure doing a couple of years in Juvenal Detention will straighten them both out.

    • NY9Solyndra

      How was the woman to know that the gun was a toy?

      • CarryOpen

        I paint orange tips on ALL my REAL guns.

      • BadPenny

        Where I live, that kind of stunt from the kid who get him a few legally justified bullet holes in him.

      • James Graham

        The orange tip that is supposed to be on ALL toy guns… but that is not always common knowledge.

      • mac

        hey azz4013 – was she wounded by any projectiles ???

    • Mark Hillyard

      My friend in 1980’s was testing his black powder rifle without lead. As he was aiming up the driveway his elderly neighbor, walking in his driveway looked at my friend just as he pulled the trigger. Boom! Big cloud of smoke and the poor guy about died of fright.
      The kid should have been spanked on the butt when daddy got home. I’d also take him to an NRA class designed for kids to teach him about the proper use of guns.
      If he was doing Home Work for the Dumb I’d give him an A.

      • obozosux

        Assuming he has a daddy. That’s a leap.

    • makemyday

      The BIG problem is today you can’t do anything that once normal behavior by kids – as we are being “policed” and PC’d to death!!! NO common sense is being exercised anymore!!! The “authorities” are out-of-control!!

      • Kingfish

        Such a waste, he was just practicing for a job with homeland security

      • rjm2238

        I agree 100% with you. It is an utter shame what our society has become. I am embarrassed and angry at how we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. We need to do something, but I don’t quite know what, I just know that we no longer have the country we once had, it is gone. Our live styles are decaying rapidly and the days of our children having it better than we did are looking more like a long shot than a sure bet. I guess one could almost say the American dream is becoming a nightmare. What a shame for children and grandchildren.
        Rich in New Mexico.

      • john

        you sir, make more sense than anything else i have read so far. tosha…. i remember when ALL the toy guns looked real. my father took me to the store and bought me an awesome 38 snub nosed revolver for my birthday that was complete with realistic sounds via BIG Awesome cap loads and i pointed it at everything and pulled the triger too…… i was around 10 myself….. my father was a police sargeant……. Can’t be a kid around here anymore. SAD !!!!!!

      • Timmy Crowley

        It’s not normal behavior for a child to brandish a fake gun in that manner. This is the behavior of a sociopath. Interesting you find it “normal”.

  • A.C.Guard

    The problem is the woman and cops acting like little children in their response.

    • Morris

      Imagine for a moment that it was your mom and that she subsequently suffered a heart attack and died. Guess you’d bury her in a children’s cemetery.

      • Warner Raymond Hyde

        If it had been my mom she would have beat the snot out of that brat, and then taken him home to his mom….

    • nurture the thug

      Yeah. Should have kept their mouths shut about that boy coming to her door with a gun. He might feel bad about what he did otherwise.

      • rjm2238

        I am extremely sick and tired of these whining fear filled cowards ruining our planet like this. It was a plastic toy in the hands of a ten year old. What is the matter with you people? I’ll bet you never heard the saying, boys will be boys. You all talk like he took a shot at someone with a real pistol. It is not the little kid who is sick. He may need a talking to, if you know what I mean, but the people who are acting as though a major crime has been committed here should themselves be committed, the PC cowards, they are destroying this society and quite on purpose I suspect. If only the tables could be turned and whoever called the police about this could be locked up for filing a false report would go to jail and the police and/or the DA should be charged for prosecutorial misconduct and harassment.
        Rich in New Mexico.

  • James Andrews

    Cops are IDIOTS

    • MorganGray

      Oh, sure… it’s the fault of the police that they got a call about a kid pointing a gun at an elderly woman.
      Read the story Jimmy-boy. She believed it was a real weapon. Or do you have some insane notion that a real weapon in the hands of a 10 year old cannot kill? You wanna ask the guys who served in Vietnam about that?
      If I were to rob a bank using my daughter’s airsoft Walther P-99 look-alike, I would still be charged with armed robbery because the tellers believed it to be a real weapon.

      The way I read this is the police figured out pretty quick that it was a toy. Still, a law has been broken, it’s called “making terroristic threats”. They snagged the kid, took away his toy pistol and released him to his parents.

      And what if the old lady had seized up thinking she was about to be shot? Would the police be idiots then? Or would you be sitting there in your parents’ basement in your underwear, moaning about the ready availability of “deadly airsoft guns” and demanding more gun control? Would you be demanding government registration of all airsoft guns, and demanding that all 10 year olds who own such assault pistols be fingerprinted and have trackign chips implanted before they are allowed to own such weapons of mass destruction?

      No, Jimmy, there is only one idiot here and you see him in the mirror every morning.

      • Lois

        couldn’t have said it any better myself. why take it out on the grandma, confront the tormentor

      • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

        MorganGray, this is most intelligent comment I’m seen on the blogs for a month.

        I’m having a bad day, but after reading your comments…

        There just might be hope for this country yet!

        Now, if you could figure out some way to share your common sense with about 50 million of your fellow Americans, we just may be able to turn this wannabe CommieState around!

    • Bob

      The only idiot I see here is you.

  • Stella Baskomb

    NY9Solyndra asks the right question.

    In fact, how does anyone know that the boy actually pointed a “toy” gun at the woman – and not a real gun? How do YOU know?


    • Kingfish

      Maybe it was his mothers toy with a red tip.

    • Geezer

      Back in the bad days before men were emasculated by the PC pollice we knew the difference between toy and real guns. Every kid in the neighborhood pointed toy guns at everyone. And didn’t get arrested. Nor did the police shoot kiids with toy guns. What we didn’t do was fail to express our feelings when we were angry. We got into fights. We learned that if you hit someone, they would hit back. We did not touch the unlocked real weapons in the home because we knew we would get our butts whipped. We now live in a oountry where most people think a semi-automatic means a machine gun with a limitless supply of ammo because they only see guns on TV. I recall about 15 years ago where a couple of kids were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for shooting a lady in the butt with a bb gun. A generation earlier the kids were having bb gun fights on a regular basis and no one got arrested. It stung really good when you got hit. Yes, we coud have lost an eye. But no lawsuits, arrests or any of this garbage. In other countries kids as old as the one in this story are carrying assault weapons. Teaching kids how to handle weapons responsibly is a parental responsibility, just as important as teaching a child to swim. To do less is endangering the child. How does that happen when so many adults are afraid of firearms?

    • James Graham

      The orange tip that is supposed to be on ALL toy guns… but that is not always common knowledge. Plus, it is very simple to remove the piece. Bottom line, never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot, whether a toy or not. The parents have some work cut out for them if you ask me…

      • Morris

        Back when I was a kid (1950’s), if a 10 year old showed up at your door and pointed a gun, most would assume it was a toy. Today, not so much so!

      • JMurray

        Airsoft guns DO have orange tips and some are very realistic, especially to folks who aren’t familiar with guns. BB guns do not have orange tips.
        Parents surely should lay down some rules about how kids play with toy guns so they wont get into this kind of situation.

      • we

        There are no orange tips on air soft guns

  • Ben

    YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! Since when is a 10yo arrested? They couldnt just ‘speak’ to him about it?

    • thinkharder

      He pointed a gun at someone.

      • MorganGray

        For Reneie, Rev, and Kenneth;
        Once again, read the article. It is common for kids to either remove the orange tip, or to paint it black to obscure it.
        And, the lady in question believed it to be a real weapon.
        And AGAIN, if you walk into a bank with a realistic looking airsoft, point it at the teller and demand money, you are going to jail for armed robbery.
        Period. Full Stop.

        Yes, he’s a kid. But do you think for one moment that kids cannot kill? Does Vietnam ring any bells? How about Beirut? Afghanistan? Kids can kill, and often do.

        The way to prevent him from coming back with a real weapon is to demonstrate quite clearly that this kind of behavior is not acceptable in a civilized society. If being arrested, chastised and returned to his parents, minus his toy gun is what it takes, there was no harm done.

      • Kenneth Perry

        He pointed a “toy” at someone…. If had pushed his tonka truck into someones shin and run away…. would that be hit and run?? Get real. He’s a kid.

      • Rev. Richard

        It was a toy not a gun. Why not send him to jail for 20 years or so, will that satisfy you.

      • Reneie

        Toy guns, by law cannot look like real guns. I guess we’re just getting the younger generation prepared to obey the police state.

  • John C

    In many states, “justifiable homicide” is defined as using deadly force if you believe it is necessary to protect yourself or someone else from grave bodily harm. The 10-year-old boy is lucky she didn’t have a gun or she may have shot him dead.

    • CoolHead

      People like you are a danger to others around you. It was a TOY gun legally purchased in the United States. If it were a crime to point a toy gun at anyone, they would be illegal. If I point a toy gun at you and you shoot and kill me; you would go to jail for a very long time you psychopath.

      • MorganGray

        CoolHead, your argument is invalid on the face of it.

        Try it with one key word removed: “If it were a crime to point a gun at anyone, they would be illegal.” It is illegal to point a real weapon at someone, yet it is legal – protected by the Constitution, no matter how much you lefties hate it – to own and carry weapons.

        And… It’s broken record time…

        If you walk into a bank, aim a toy gun at a teller, demand money – you go to jail for armed robbery.

        It has nothing to do with the nature of the toy gun, but the criminality of pointing it at an individual with the intent of making them believe it is a real weapon.

        Let’s stop trying to shift the argument onto the object instead of dealing with the person holding the object.

        There have been a number of cases where kids holding realistic looking toy guns have been shot by both police and citizens. If I were confronted by someone holding what appeared to be a real weapon, I would respond with force – potentially with deadly force.

      • rjm2238

        Hi coolhead, just a response to “B” who responded that he couldn’t wait to shoot our ten year friend and challenged anyone else to test his aim so to speak. Well “B” here I am, Rich in New Mexico.

      • B

        Actually no, if you point a toy gun at me that looks real, you threaten me, and I respond with deadly force, I will not spend a second in jail. No charges will be filed against me. You do realize that gang bangers use BB guns and painted airsoft guns to commit crimes also right? If you’d like to test this assertion, please let me know…

  • Randall Covey

    Oh yes, I live in fear of stupid children with toy guns… Scotty, please beam me up.

  • Dan

    If it was truly a “TOY” it should have a bright red or orange muzzle. If it’s a BB gun, it’s still a weapon although not normally a deadly one.

  • Al

    In response to several comments above, whether or not charges are actually filed are up to the appropriate prosecutors (City or District Attorney), not the police. Also, the tips of toy guns are supposed to have orange tips on the barrel; however, despite the fact that this has been the law for at least a decade, maybe more, a lot of people don’t know this and if the toy is really old (i.e., a hand-me-down kind of thing from the parents), it may not have had the painted tip. No matter what, a ten year old pointing a gun at an old lady is unsatisfactory, and the kid should get some sort of punishment – – and it should also serve as a wake up call to his parents that maybe the kid needs something, whether it be a spanking, more supervision, probation or therapy.

    • Ian Cochran

      When I was 10 years old, we pointed our toy guns at everybody and they didn’t have orange tips and looked like real guns. We did not get detained, arrested, or charged. People didn’t even tell our mommies or daddies on us. They looked at us and either thought to themselves “what cute kids” or “little brats”. Progressives are doing everything they can to get rid of the Second Amendment to include publishing propaganda like this. PC police state out of control.

      • jerrykregle

        But WE didn’t go knocking on peoples doors pointing a gun at them telling them
        they suck

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  • Rationalist

    He’s lucky he lived to run away. Some neighborhoods, he wouldn’t have made it off the front porch without a real blast from behind.
    Suggest a good caning of the parents…

    • Kingfish

      Jerrykregle…Maybe he was gonna grow up to be a community organizer.

    • Yesenia

      LOL! Amen to that one! I know in my neighborhood… had that been my grandma… He would have been caught and beat… but then again… kids in my family know better than to go around bullying others… we have been taught and we have taught the next generation… you do things like that… their friends or family will retaliate!!!

  • fishfinder911

    aw i wonder if we can pet the little thug before he get’s teeth and starts biting harder? baby thugs!

  • The Bo bs ter

    Ten bucks says it was a ni q let.

  • Craig

    In 1975 I was 19 years old and sitting in the back seat with my friends driving down I-75 from Cincinnati towards a mall in Kentucky. I had a toy handgun (friend’s little brother’s) that I would shoot at drivers going past us or around us. I would even jerk the gun as if to indicate a recoil from the gun. Most drivers just looked at me like I was stupid. Some old ladies kind of look surprised. When we got to the mall I did it a few more times. When we came out of the mall there was a note that we should go see mall security or police. We talked with them. They basically said, “you shouldn’t do that”. End of discussion and end of story. Have times changed? You bet they have. In 1975 America was still the land of the free. Today we seem to be among the top countries in the world with the fewest freedoms. America has almost gone insane.

    • davec

      Youre EXACTLY right, now its a bunch of over caffeinated panty waisted Liberals crying with false complaints to the Police because society wont bow to their feet and kiss their ass.

      She should be arrested for filing a false complaint.

    • MorganGray

      Yes, times have changed:

      In 1975 we didn’t have such a problem with street gangs, which are recruiting younger and younger members to do the crimes, knowing that our liberal courts have instituted a catch and release program.
      We did not have a culture which tells kids it is alright to solve their problems by murdering those with whom you disagree, or with whom you have a dispute.
      We did not have a culture where people in the inner city have to sleep on the floor, or in their bathtubs because the gang-bangers know they own the streets and the laws do not apply to them.
      We did not have a culture where if a citizen defended themselves from one of these goblinoid thugs, the citizen would be arrested, jailed, charged, convicted and imprisoned.

      In short, we had a culture which understood right from wrong, and which rewarded the right and punished the wrong.
      Now we have a culture which glorifies evil and denigrates good.

      This is the result.

      And no, davec, she should not be arrested for filing a false complaint, she believed it to be a real weapon. See my prior comments about banks and toy guns.

  • Ian Cochran

    When I was 10 years old, we pointed our toy guns at everybody and they didn’t have orange tips and looked like real guns. We did not get detained, arrested, or charged. People didn’t even tell our mommies or daddies on us. They looked at us and either thought to themselves “what cute kids” or “little brats”. Progressives are doing everything they can to get rid of the Second Amendment to include publishing propaganda like this. PC police state out of control.

    • Yesenia

      I’m not sure where I fall… I am fiscally conservative but socially liberal, yet, I believe in the death penalty and am pro choice, yet feel it a sin to abort… and I believe in allowing kids to be creative and not be abusive to them but firm and whup their butts when needed…. we did the same, I was a girl and played with the boys and pointed our guns at everyone… until my dad saw us and he whupped my butt and my cousins… we never did it again, only to each other and in play time only….

      • Paladin

        I can tell you where you fall: the realm of confusion. Yes, it’s a sin to abort just as it’s a sin to commit rape or theft. And like rape and theft, abortion should be illegal. Or have you no problem with murder if you don’t actually see the person being killed?

        Oh, I should mention that I don’t feel it’s a sin to abort — I know it is. There’s a difference.

      • Kingfish

        That’s called going both ways, like a frugal tranny!

      • Jerry

        Reminds me of when I was a child and shot my sister in the a$$ with my BB gun. The old man heard about that and busted my gun in half and then busted my a$$. He taught me to never point a gun at people or anything I did not want to shoot. I disobeyed him that one and only time. Today if I point my gun at a person, you can rest assured that I intend to use it if I have to.

  • Yesenia

    Old lady had two choices:

    1. Talk to her neighbor to inform them of what their son did

    2. Talk to her own grandson about not being an abusive bully and whup his tail! YES IT IS HIS FAULT!!! You don’t go hitting a wasp nest without expecting the wasps to attack.

    3. Give that little bully a whupping of a lifetime to remember it’s NOT ok to go around beating up on kids in your class. neighborhood, school, etc. YES IT DOES WORK!!! All you “time outters” are failures! I see your kids at the mall talking back and sucking their teeth at you and being disrespectful when you should be taking them to a dresser or the bathroom and give little Susie or Billy a good ol’ fashioned beat down!

    And the parents had a choice also,

    They should give him a whipping that he’d remember for the rest of his natural born life and remind him… DO NOT POINT ANY WEAPON, REAL OR TOY AT ANYONE UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO HAVE SOMEONE KILLED AND BE JAILED FOR IT OR KILLED YOURSELF!!!

    Valuable lessons from my own youth. Thank you dad for always beating us down when we needed it… and when we didn’t because it reminded us there are times that we aren’t caught, but we still have to be held accountable… let’s all say it together.. ACCOUNTABLE!!!!

    • amanda

      the kid with the gun was the bully i know cause thats my cousin the one with the gun beat up my lil cousin for no reason n has been bothering him

      • Paladin


        Thank you for the inside information. However, you need to focus a bit on English composition when you seek to relate facts to others. You see, I had to read your post a few times in an effort to decipher what you were trying to say. It contains absolutely no punctuation and no capital letters to begin sentences. Frankly, it’s a nightmare.

        If you want people to take you seriously, you need to present yourself in a more literate fashion. So, come on, you can do better.

    • Veronica Anaya

      The boy didnt beat up his friend, The ladies grandson has been bullied for a while now by this kid and his friend. Last week the kids friend punched the old ladies grandson in the face so then thats why this kid defended himself and pushed him back. The kid who started the fight got in trouble…. that why they decided to go and threaten the old ladies grandson. So the kid with the gun isnt as innocent as this report makes it seem. This is a very serious bullying issue that the school hasnt been able to control! What if it had been a real gun? This kid is a bit mental and the school needs to do something about it.

    • Glenn Sipple

      Honestly, you LOOK at your child wrong these days, and child-welfare will “place” them…. R.I.P. my mother….she would’ve drug that boy down the street by his hair AS SHE WAS WHOOPIN HIM!!! Incarceration will only “train” him to be MORE OF A GANGSTER!!!

  • TexasForever

    Lets see California as THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of ILLEGAL ALIENS + THOUSANDS of GANG MEMBERS most of them ILLEGAL ALIENS and the nitwitted cops have nothing better to do than terrorist a ten years kid.
    Its no wonder California is going down the toliet!

    • Kenneth Perry

      Nope!!! No issues of illegal aliens and gang bangers in Texas…. Nope, just million dollar mansions and line dancing.Nope, you’ll never see a COPS episode ever filmed in Texas. Although I agree with your point about nitwitted cops.

  • Joe Dutra

    The article was in error when it said, “…released to his parents…” It is a single mother household. Daddy is long gone.

  • David Kramer

    Don’t pay attention to the real criminals, better to teach the sheeple they are to be controlled in every way.

  • Joel Lanuza

    All I have to type is LOL

  • jthc

    Not sure why anyone is upset in this thread. A little boy did what little boys do. The woman who answered the door mistakenly thought it was a real gun. The police came and cleared it all up.

    Sounds like people used common sense, talked it out, resolved the situation.

    Now, why is everyone here upset?

    • Gavin Snyder

      I wouldn’t say common sense was used, as the boy was arrested for brandishing a weapon AFTER police determined it was a toy?

  • 5thcommjarhead

    My dad taught me how to shoot when I was four years old. Along with that came very stern lectures on gun safety. Of course we played cops and robbers and cowboys and indians, and army, but that was play. But if I had gone up to an old lady’s door and done something like this, I would have had my bottom warmed up and I would have been mowing her lawn, raking her leaves, writing her a letter of apology etc. etc.

    The reason the cops get involved in child discipline today is because parents are not allowed to. In today’s society my dad would have been arrested for child abuse but there’s a huge difference between the discipline I received and true child abuse. I was never harmed, other than my feelings and I learned to respect others.

    • Paladin

      Bingo! Kudos to you, marine (I assume you are one). Yours is one of the most intelligent comments on the board.

    • MorganGray

      Semper Fi!

  • John McGraw

    Schools and police have gone just plain nuts.

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