Resolved: that it should be generally illegal to strike a child when one is not the child's parent.
Further resolved: notwithstanding the foregoing, some children should be beaten to within an inch of their lives, and those who administer the beating should be given a medal.
The daughter of a Second World War RAF pilot who reprimanded a teenager who she accused of vandalising a war memorial has been convicted of assault.
To be clear, "reprimanded" as used by the Daily Mail is a euphemism for beating.
Magistrates heard that when she grabbed his shirt collar, he said: 'That's assault'.
Mrs Lake claimed she was performing a 'moral obligation' following months of anti-social behaviour and vandalism at the memorial.
For following her moral obligations after years of complaining to the police and receiving no assistance in keeping the memorial free of vandalism, Mrs. Lake has been convicted of "assault, criminal damage and a public order offence." [sic]
She told how the gang surrounded her, pushed her and shouted: 'You can't touch us, we're 15, we can do what the f*** we like.'
When the 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was questioned in court about the war memorial, he replied: "It means nothing to me, I guess it's for some people who died in the war.'
It's probably a good thing, from the 15-year-old's perspective, that he remains anonymous, because otherwise the whole world would know that he got beaten up by an old lady.
Funny, it wasn't too long ago that Mrs. Lake wouldn't have had to strike young hooligans who vandalize war memorials. The police would be doing it for her, and deservedly so. While it would probably set a bad example to actually give her a medal, the most she should have gotten is a strong warning, delivered with a smile.
Shame on the child's parents, for allowing their son to run wild like a beast in the streets, and shame on the prosecutors who brought charges against her.
Via Michael Williams