So, what do you do when your kid takes a chunk out of his fatherâ€™s finger, then kicks him in the crotch because Pa had the audacity to take Juniorâ€™s iPod as punishment for disobedience?
Why, you jump pell-mell into the fray and punch your husband in the face because â€śheâ€™s being too strict.â€ť
Or at least thatâ€™s 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, Iâ€™m not talking to the family dogs.
An old story I found online, plucked from the archives of the Seattle Times (I just couldnâ€™t help but write my own commentary) reported that the impatient teenager wanted to download songs to his iPod, but didnâ€™t want to wait for his father to finish on the computer. According to the Kitsap County Sheriffâ€™s 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 kidâ€™s 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 â€śrescueâ€ť of her offspring and punched her husband several times in the face, took their son and left, according to sheriffâ€™s deputies.
The woman told deputies that she thought her husband of 20-years was too strict with their son and shouldnâ€™t have taken away the iPod, police said. Mom went on a taxpayer paid vacation to Kitsap County Jail for fourth-degree assault, and the teenâ€™s involvement in the fight was reported to prosecutors with the Kitsap County Juvenile Division.
Granted, I know nothing about this family, and I havenâ€™t heard it straight from the mouth of those involved (I like my flesh attached to my bones, thanks). Maybe thereâ€™s 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 thereâ€™s a lesson here for everybody.
Donâ€™t call the cops after you assault someone. Wifezilla and Hell Spawn could have gotten away Scott free!
Okay, just kidding.