Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beware of Ice Pops . . . and Other Weapons

A headline from one of our local television news websites:


It seems a 20-year-old woman is being charged with two counts of simple assault after she allegedly punched a 17-year-old in the face and hit him in the head with an ice pop. (I'm thinking they must be brother and sister. This sounds too much like the squabbles my kids get into.)

I understand why you'd be charged with assault for punching someone in the face, but an ice pop? Really?

A police lieutenant explained to the local newspaper that "if it's frozen, it can hurt."

Well, maybe a little, but I have to tell you that if this happened in our house, the "offender" would get a time out on general principle, but I wouldn't be very sympathetic if the "victim" (who probably would have instigated it) told me that it hurt. It's an ice pop, for Pete's sake.

But this has gotten me to thinking. If hitting someone with an ice pop really constitutes assault, I figure my husband and I are at risk of being charged with harboring fugitives -- and my kids might just be spending the next several years of their lives in jail.

I'm not sure an ice pop has ever been the "weapon" of choice in our home, but plenty of other things have:
books
Tonka trucks
Barbies
the remote control
train tracks
. . .  and probably countless other things that I don't even know about.

Who knew they were risking criminal charges? (And they think time out is bad.)

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