Friday, February 12, 2010
Both the Times Union and the Saratogian report today in headlines that teenagers were arrested at Saratoga High School on weapons charges.
In this case that Saratogian went with a more reasonable headline that explained it was a rather mundane BB gun.
While the TU went with the more sinister.
“Saratoga students arrested on weapons charges”
Both stories explain how 3 teenagers in the “crime ridden” Saratoga burg of Geyser Crest were “seen” loading a weapon by an alert neighbor at 2 in the afternoon. They quickly alerted authorities who promptly set up surveillance at the high school and apprehended the teens without incident. Two were charged with a “violation” and the only girl involved was given a free pass but was suspended from school along with the two males. No word yet about how much the Police officers son is enjoying his new toy.
Now I’m not going to defend these three brain challenged youth. Frankly teenagers and BB guns are a bad combination and I only hope their plans for the weapon did not include shooting small animals or their classmates. I also believe the police response was correct and measured, considering that the gun might have been real.
But why do I find the behavior of this neighbor who called the police so creepy. Maybe I’m missing something or these were neighborhood trouble makers but the idea of someone sitting in the Crest all day watching the neighbors just disturbs me.
Maybe it’s just that people are frightened or that deep down they have a great fear of our youth.But the truth is the kid was 19 and could legally buy and have a BB gun in his trunk. He only broke the law when he pulled onto School grounds.
So before anyone uses this as an excuse to bring back the DARE program or augue for a Police Armored car just sit back breath and remember Junior across the street is not going to slit your throat in the night. Or maybe he is?