High-profile stories of violence: Do they lead to overreaction?

There is no question that incidents like the Sandy Hook shooting, the Aurora theater shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing and more are all serious acts of violence that ended in tragedy. Naturally, lawmakers and the general public react strongly to such acts, whether it is through crafting legislative proposals, the support of those proposal or in-home efforts to promote anti-violence among one’s children.

There are also the school-based efforts that are supposed to prevent violence. Some might be effective and logical, but critics of a recent out-of-state incident worry whether school officials didn’t overreact to a seemingly innocent game between two young students. This story suggests that kids might be at-risk of being accused of juvenile offenses for what used to be considered common kid behavior.

Two 7-year-olds claim that they were playing at school. Pencils were a part of the game, with the boys using them as pretend guns. No impact involving the pencils occurred, and no one was hurt. As a result of the game, however, both boys were suspended from their Virginia school. Was this a reasonable response to the boy’s actions? At least one parent of one of the boys disagrees with the way the school handled the matter.

Criminal accusations can stem from a variety of conditions. Maybe an act of violence did take place and a criminal charge is warranted. Sometimes, allegations are the results of a misunderstanding. Sometimes, they are an unreasonable reaction to an incident. It is up for the school and the parents involved in this situation to get to a place regarding the matter that they all are comfortable with. Schools tend to have their own policies in place that the school officials will vigilantly defend.

When an incident, misunderstanding or overreaction lands a child in trouble with the law, his parents shouldn’t wait to get help from a juvenile defense lawyer in their area.

Source: 99.1 FM, “2 Va. Boys Suspended For Using Pencils As Guns,” May 7, 2013

About Eric Anaya

Eric S. AnyaEric Anaya has been practicing criminal law for over a decade. While attending law school, Eric was appointed to the University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents by the Governor of New Mexico. Eric decided to move to Colorado to accept a position in the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted hundreds of cases in County Court, but quickly was promoted to prosecute felonies. Eric made the conscious decision to change his practice and his life to defending those wrongly accused. Eric has successfully handled hundreds of cases.

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