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Ohio boy accused of trying scooter holdup with toy gun

Published: Thu, July 30, 2009 @ 12:35 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An 11-year-old boy has been accused of trying to hijack two boys’ scooters with a toy gun in an Ohio park. The father of the two boys, Rich Harrison, said it was a frightening experience because it wasn’t clear that the gun was a toy. His boys are ages 8 and 10.

Cincinnati police said the 11-year-old pointed the toy gun, saying he wanted to take one of the silver push scooters, and then chased the brothers as they raced away.

Police took the boy to the Hamilton County juvenile center, where he faces an Aug. 7 hearing. A public defender doubts the boy could understand the consequences of his behavior.


1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

It is only enough that the boy understood that holding a "gun" up to someone and demanding their property is wrong. Unless the 11-year old was mentally disabled he certainly understands that we live in a society where robbing people at gunpoint is wrong.
As long as he intended to hold that gun up to the other boys and intended to obtain their scooters through this action, he is guilty.
Hem him up, at least so he learns a life lesson. If he walks away from this, what has he learned?

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

At this young age kicking off a career in armed robbery, his family and friends are no doubt proud of him. It is but a matter of time before he scores in his new profession and really does them proud.

Mainstream institutions, rules, and norms, which constitute the platform upon which social and economic exchanges take place and upon which the social identity of the middle class gets constructed, are at best irrelevant to most of the ghetto

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3Visions(8 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Stan..............where in this article does it say they were in the Ghetto? Is this your natural assumption?
Sounds rather racist doesn't it?

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4andersonathan(682 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

OMG a crime wave of pre-teen criminals, maybe this is the result of TV babysitters, missing dads and the new generation of crack heads having kids.

What ever the problem is, it seems it is happening more and more.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago


Usually a racist brings up the racist angle. Here is where I got the clip. However I don't consider anything happening in the ghetto as crime. The politically correct terminology is opportunity being taken advantage of.


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6Eric(198 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Stan, how did your response even remotely answer Visions' question? Of course, unless you are saying you are a racist, so that is why you said they were in the Ghetto.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

So I take it that you weren't capable of reading the web page ?

There should be no natural assumption that the area where an 11 year old uses a gun to rob other kids of their scooters is a ghetto or in close proximity to one. Assuming that anything is a crime is based on the norms of society. What is abnormal to one group may be normal to another.

Now then, I should not assume that your rules for normal behavior don't parallel mine. Nor should you assume that a clip from an article in the past could see into a place into the future and address it. So then any reflection on the future is merely coincidental.

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