So, what do you do when your kid takes a chunk out of his fatherâs finger, then kicks him in the crotch because Pa had the audacity to take Juniorâs iPod as punishment for disobedience?
Why, you jump pell-mell into the fray and punch your husband in the face because âheâs being too strict.â
Or at least thatâs the reasoning for a 44-year old mother who was arrested after helping her 13-year-old son assault his dad.
Heel boy! Down girl! And no, Iâm not talking to the family dogs.
An old story I found online, plucked from the archives of the Seattle Times (I just couldnât help but write my own commentary) reported that the impatient teenager wanted to download songs to his iPod, but didnât want to wait for his father to finish on the computer. According to the Kitsap County Sheriffâs Office, the 46-year-old father refused to let his son use the computer until he was finished, but when he left the room for a moment, his son took over the computer and began downloading songs.
When dad took the iPod away as punishment for his kidâs seeming inability to take turns, the boy attacked him, biting a chunk of skin off his finger and kicking him in the groin several times.
I can see the headline now (in big, bold letters with an exclamation mark): When Teenagers Attack!
So, wanting to present a united front in parental discipline, mother leapt to the ârescueâ of her offspring and punched her husband several times in the face, took their son and left, according to sheriffâs deputies.
The woman told deputies that she thought her husband of 20-years was too strict with their son and shouldnât have taken away the iPod, police said. Mom went on a taxpayer paid vacation to Kitsap County Jail for fourth-degree assault, and the teenâs involvement in the fight was reported to prosecutors with the Kitsap County Juvenile Division.
Granted, I know nothing about this family, and I havenât heard it straight from the mouth of those involved (I like my flesh attached to my bones, thanks). Maybe thereâs a history of verbal or physical abuse here, or perhaps a mental disorder (not to mention a killer overbite and a kick best left for field goals), but thereâs a lesson here for everybody.
Donât call the cops after you assault someone. Wifezilla and Hell Spawn could have gotten away Scott free!
Okay, just kidding.