Yes - I guess 30 days in the clink is a start. The problem is not only the public schools, but it's the permissiveness and lack of respect which occurs IN THE HOME. Undoubtedly, this girl is following the example (or lack thereof) of her parent(s) in her failure to respect authority figures.
When society breaks down, the solution is not more police, fewer guns, more mood-altering drugs. It's a restoration of traditional values and discipline in the upbringing of chidren. I'm sad to say that I probably won't see it in my lifetime.
This is what happens when we tolerate bad behavior, disrespect, low standards and no accountability for our actions.
I listen to a police scanner on a daily basis! Parents call the police because they are scared to spank their child. If you don't call police and spank your child, child calls police and parent goes to jail! Then DFACS gets involved...I'm scared to ask, can we get anymore screwed up?
Yes - when the lawyers start advertising their ability to represent children in lawsuits against their parents. The lawsuits are already happening around the country; it's only the advertising we're lacking. With some of the TV ads I see every day, it's not too much of a stretch to see them working this issue. The only reason you might not see it is that it's still a bit complicated to arrange the FEES when representing minors. But once they get that figured out (HEY - how 'bout we get the GOVERNMENT to pay for it!?!?!?), then it'll be "Katie bar the door."
But "scannin'" is great fun. I've had my Bearcat since 2002. Every scanning session is like a box of chocolates.
BTW: Ms. Soto has avoided additional jail time. Yesterday, she made a tearful apology; blamed her actions on drugs; and got her 30-day jail sentence vacated:
(If I were the judge, I would have been tempted to listen to her apology; then give HER "the finger"; and say "Request denied." If she asked why, I'd say: "The Devil made me do it."