A trial concluded recently in Southern California. A 13-year-old boy was found guilty of murder. He clubbed a fellow baseball player in the knees and then over the head with a baseball bat. The sentence hasn't been handed down yet, but he'll probably get the maximum of 12 years.
The convicted boy was wrong, of course. But, based on testimony, the circumstances leading up to the incident demonstrate some of the points I've been making over the past several months regarding discipline and following the rules. Apparently, again based on testimony for the defense, and reported by local news media, the victim was alleged to be a bully. He was known to throw his baseball helmet. He was known to throw his bat at infielders. He was known to double flip off umpires if he didn't like a call. If you read the reports, it appears that he got away with much of these antics without repercussions. Apparently, the victim was picking on the 13-year-old and this boy couldn't take any more.
When I played baseball, if I threw my helmet, I was suspended for one game. If the manager didn't do it, then my dad did it for him. If I had flipped off an umpire? Well, let's just say I would have been reading a lot of books that summer.
As I've stated many times before, and I know it makes me sound like a republican, but rules are too lax now and people are taking advantage of it -- young and old. Racing through red lights, even with baby strollers in the crosswalk, firecrackers going off from 3 July to 5 July in fire danger zones, and so on.
We need to get some order in the house.