Boy Grasses Up Mother for Marijuana Possession!

Whoops! A mother who was in possession of marijuana has been turned into the cops… by her eleven-year-old son. The smell had become so repugnant to her son that the young boy took pictures of his mother’s “crops” and had forwarded them to the police.

A raid on the Dakota County, Minnesota home turned up eight pounds of cannabis, stuffed into supermarket carrier bags. The mother, Heidi Christine Siebenaler, 40, a probation supervisor, has been charged with fifth-degree possession of marijuana while her husband, Mark Siebenlar, 40, is charged with possession with intent to distribute. Mr. Siebenlar claimed that the drugs were for medicinal purposes due to a brain injury he suffered 20 years ago. The couple claimed that Mrs. Siebenlar didn’t know about the drugs and that the marijuana was kept away from the children.

Heidi’s son had forwarded pictures of the loot to his biological father. The father then contacted the appropriate authorities.

Mrs. Siebenlar said: “They said my son couldn’t escape the smell of marijuana and had to go outside for a breather. That’s not true. I live in this house. Never smelled it before. It makes me sick.”

But her eleven-year-old son told police that the house regularly smelled of marijuana smoke.

A search warrant said “Often times, he is unable to escape the smell without going outside.”

It’s great to see a young man take the high road and he should be commended for his bravery in this matter. Usually when I report on children, it’s about some horrible deed they’ve done. But not this time. Well done young man!

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Teacher Forces Six-Year-Olds to Rub Her Feet.

From time to time I find myself blogging about incidents that involve the school system. Usually the news pieces centre around the bad behaviour of students, but today’s post is about the misdoings of a teacher. A South Carolina teacher of Batesburg Leesville Primary School has been accused of forcing her first-grade pupils to rub her feet.

Brenda Norris, the grandmother of one of the students, became aware of the questionable behaviour when her granddaughter came to her and begged not to be sent to school. The six-year old girl then revealed that the cause of this was that she hated to rub her teacher’s feet.

“It’s just painful, just to know that this woman would have them touching her feet. What was going through her mind?” said Norris. “My granddaughter has nightmares, she cries. She said ‘I have three wishes, Grandma. One of them was not to go to school today.'”

Lexington School District Three Superintendent Dr. Chester Floyd says an investigation has been launched into the matter and meetings have been held with the teacher and the parents and all necessary actions have been taken. The district hasn’t specified what these actions were though.

“The administration took immediate action. Immediately began an investigation, took appropriate action, rectified the situation, had a follow-up meeting with the parent who brought the incident to our attention. We took very stern and appropriate action and that situation has been rectified,” said Floyd. He says the incident was not racially or sexually motivated.

As of yet, no charges have been filed against the teacher so the teacher’s name has not been released.

WTF? Why was this lazy cow of a teacher asking six-year-olds to rub her feet? Did she think it was an acceptable request? Sure, this isn’t a scandal the magnitude of the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State situation but I am just shocked and flabbergasted at this news. This little girl only just started school around four months ago and already her trust in teachers has been destroyed. What a stupid, stupid woman. She should lose her job if she proved guilty and should no longer be allowed to work in the education system.

10-Year-Old Girl Attacks & Threatens Her Teacher.

Back on November 1, I wrote a blog about a 9-year-old Florida girl who was arrested for, among other things, assaulting a policeman and school bus driver over a matter of candy. The school bus driver had told her not to eat candy on the bus which made her go ballistic. Well, on the news-wires today is a very similar tale, once again set in Florida.

10-year-old Florida girl, Miesha Bryant attacked teacher Kelly Sanchez after Sanchez had confiscated a bag of Hallowe’en candy. Bryant went on a rampage, hitting her teacher and threatening her life.

According to an Orange County sheriff’s report, Sanchez told investigators that she was holding the candy until the end of the day. She said the girl “went behind her desk and took the bag of candy without her permission.” Bryant then started pelting classmates with the said candy. After Ms. Sanchez once again seized the candy, Bryant started throwing items from the teachers desk. While waiting for a school resource officer, Sanchez was struck in the stomach by Bryant and was told by Bryant that she would “kill Ms. Sanchez and her family.” When police arrived, Miesha, being held in the assistant principals office, was cuffed and taken to a juvenile detention centre, where she was later released into her mother’s custody.

In a TV interview, Sebrina Bryant, the mother, said she was angered over Miesha being arrested for the incident and didn’t believe her daughter was capable of such behaviour. But when the WFTV reported asked the child why she threatened the teacher, she piped up and said, “I was mad.”

I think that last paragraph speaks volumes here. The mother, instead of reprimanding her child, went into self-defense mode. It’s not a parents place to stick up for their child when they know full well that he/she has done wrong. Children need consequences for bad behaviour and Miesha’s mother’s reaction was teaching her that she can get anyway with anything. Discipline should have been the first item on the agenda. Children need to learn accountability and I fear it may be too late for this little girl.

“Find a Pox Party in Your Area” Controversy!

A Facebook page named “Find a Pox Party in Your Area” is currently under-fire by the media and medical experts alike over it’s unethical practices. What is a “pox party” I hear you ask? Well it’s a community of parents who try and willingly infect their children with chicken pox by exposing them to belongings of children that are currently infected by the illness. The FB users request items such as used lollipops/suckers covered with infected saliva, items of clothing and even wet rags covered in infected saliva. Yuck!

The theory is that by allowing them to contract the illness naturally, it will help increase their immune systems. Vaccines are available for the illness, but some parents are choosing to let them catch it the old fashioned way because they believe giving kids too many vaccinations is bad for them. The problem is, by mailing people the virus they’re actually breaking the law. Here are a couple of posts left on the page’s wall:

One post reads: “I got a Pox Package in mail just moments ago. I have two lollipops and a wet rag and spit.”

A mom chimes in: “This is a federal offense to intentionally mail a contagion.”

Another woman offers up some advice, “Tuck it inside a zip lock baggy and then put the baggy in the envelope :) Don’t put anything identifying it as pox.”

Experts have this to say on the subject:

“If you have a young child over to your house specifically to get chicken pox, I don’t think anyone would like to really consider what would happen if that child ended up being hospitalized,” Elizabeth Jacobs from the University of Arizona

College of Public Health said.“This is dangerous,” Dr. A.D. Jacobson, the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital said. Dr. Jacobson added that chicken pox is extremely contagious and that it’s unwise to send it via mail.

It really is a strange story. I think as a society today we tend to wrap up our children in bubble wrap and shelter them from germs too much. When I was a child I was always playing in the dirt and getting messy. And I’m sure it made me sick from time to time. Heck, I even had chicken pox as a kid and I believe I’m better for it. As a vaccine-trigger-happy society I think we’re opening up problems to today’s young-uns to where they may have weaker immune systems when they grow older. I’m not basing this on any particular medical study, this is just how I see things.

But I have to admit that the idea repulses me. Sending viruses in a jiffy bag? Shoving secondhand lollipops into a child’s mouth that has been slobbered on by a sick kid? No thanks! I think their hearts are in the right place, they’re just a little misguided.

The Texas Child Abuse Viral Video Controversy.

I’m trying something a little different today. Normally I like to dig up some tasty piece of offbeat news for your reading pleasure, but today I would like to comment on a mainstream news item. It’s the child abuse case that has come out of Dallas, Texas where a 2004 video shows a sixteen-year-old girl, Hillary Adams, being whipped within an inch of her life with her father’s belt. The father, Aransas County, Texas, Court-At-Law Judge William Adams is being investigated over these charges.

If you haven’t seen the video, it’s very harrowing. The daughter has allegedly been caught downloading illegal MP3s, among other things, and her the father is infuriated. He commands his wife to go get his belt (“the big one”) then starts to lash her with it. As she screams in pain he keeps telling her to lay down face-first on the bed so he could “get a lick in”. Basically he wants to whip her across the bum. And when he gets done, her mother comes into the room and gets a “lick” in herself. What the heck, people?

It’s a totally disgusting video. And I for one am totally against the hitting of children in the first place. I’m originally from England but I now live in the United States. In England, there are some very strict laws in place against hitting children. And I believe that’s the way it should be. Children need protection from idiots like Mr. Adams. It was quite a shock to me when I first came to America and started hearing people talk about the practice of “whipping” their kids. It’s disgusting. Some parents find it acceptable to beat there children as punishment. There’s the method of having the child choose a “switch” from outside (basically a long, thin tree limb) with which the parent will then whip the child with. I’m totally against this. Another practice (as seen in the aforementioned video) is to whip children with a belt. Wow! Are you kidding me? Needless to say I found this all quite shocking when I first came over here.

Now let me get this straight, I’m not accusing all of America with this. I’m just commenting that I know these practices really do happen. It’s commonplace in some areas and I think it needs to be stopped. All you have to do is watch the video to see that. It was going on in 2004 and it’s still going on to this day. Get a grip people, it’s wrong!

When it comes to disciplining my six-year-old niece, I use the method of time-outs. She does something wrong, she gets a time-out (she has to sit there quietly for a few minutes). And it works a treat. She hates having her wings clipped. The secret is not to threaten punishment then not go through with it. All the time I hear parents telling their children “You’d better get over here before I count to three! 1…2…2 and a half…” This nonsense sends mixed signals to children. If you want to impose authority on them, the best thing to do is to stick to your guns. If you say something, you have to mean it.

There’s a science to raising kids the right way. And this Texas douche-bag is an absolute idiot. Give me five minutes with him and make sure you bring me his “big belt”.

Click here to view the video. Be forewarned though, it’s quite disturbing…

Violent 9-Year-Old Charged With 4 Felonies!

Aren’t children lovely these days? Well, not all children. Especially this nine-year-old girl who made the news today after being arrested for four felonies. And what was the cause? A bag of candy.

The Florida girl, unnamed due to legal reasons, was eating candy on the way home from the Fort Myers’ Royal Palm School yesterday when the bus driver asked her to stop doing so. Not an unfair request in my books. The rules are the rules. But instead of packing her sweeties away in her school bag, she instead went on a tirade against bus driver, Robert Middleton. There’s nothing quite like having respect for your elders, eh? But the fun and games didn’t end there. After threatening the other kids on the bus, the classy fourth-grader then spat on Middleton as she exited the bus. When outside the busshe then continued her verbal tirade against the driver while throwing asphalt into the vehicle.

“F— you! F— you!” she yelled, “Shut the f— up. I will f—–‘ kill you.”

What a lovely wee lass. When Lee County police arrived on the scene, instead of her simmering down things just became more escalated. She is said to have hurled an “aluminum patio chair” at one of the deputies then continued on with her verbal tirade. A cop then restrained the child but the girl attempted to bite his arm, yelling “I am going to kill you, get off of me!”

It’s reported that this tiny-terror has been charged with battery on a public school employee, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, and throwing missiles into an occupied vehicle.

What a little bugger. There is a right way to bring kids up and there’s a wrong way. I think the parents have clearly let this child down. There’s absolutely no excuse for this behaviour. However I’m in no way defending the actions of this little scoundrel. We should all take blame for our own actions, and it’s plain to see this little girl might possibly be a lost cause. Was she acting in a way that she might have seen played out in a movie? Perhaps. Whatever the reason, somebody needs to step in and nip this in the bud. Otherwise, she’s going to be a lost cause.

The girl was released into her parent’s custody last night and placed on home detention for 21 days.

14-Year Old Crook Laundered $200,000!

A New South Wales youngster is at the heart of a huge court case being contested in Australia right now. His mother is taking the four major Australian banks (Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac and NAB) to court for damages in a case that has seen her son go from your average teenager to a Richie Rich-esque crook.

In a nut shell, since the age of 14, this little “entrepreneur” has bucked the system to launder oodles of cash by less than honorable means. The youth, now 19, has netted around $200,000 (Australian) in total, with a number of under-handed schemes. It started with eBay. He would list fictitious items such as laptops, cell phones and watches then he’d watch the money roll in from scammed eBay customers. It is said he was making as much as $6,000 per day at one stage. From there he took his conniving practices to the banks. Armed with a birth certificate and a co-signing friend as his guardian, he would walk into banks and open new accounts. When he received his debit cards he would then use the overdraft protection rule as a means to steal more cash. Most of the banks had a $1,500 overdraft protection rule in place, so he’d basically keep drawing out money until the well ran dry. He did this to several different establishments.

So what does a youngster do with so many ill-gotten gains? He spends it of course! He dined in the finest restaurants. He wore the finest clothes. And he stayed in the finest hotels (including one that overlooked the Sydney Harbour Bridge that cost a whopping $4,300 per night). And there was I, aged 14, struggling with my £2 pocket money.

My first reaction to all this was to rip his mother a new one. How can she not be held responsible for allowing her son to get away with all this under her watch. How dare she blame the banks for the actions of her son when it was her job to raise him. But after a little further research into this, it turns out she has a legit ax to grind with them. On many occasions she had contacted the banks pleading them to shut down her son’s accounts. But the banks had a Privacy Act in place that prevented them from discussing her child’s accounts.

“He was an intelligent boy who worked out how to cheat the system and play it for all it was worth,” she said. “As his parent and legal guardian, I begged the banks to stop giving him accounts and debit cards but each time I got nowhere because of the Privacy Act.”

As a result of all his underhanded schemes, the lad (who remains unnamed due to legal reasons), has spent the majority of his time in juvenile detention centers. His poor old mum has actually had to hand him over to police on 15 separate occasions.

Normally I like to end my WordPress posts with something witty, but this story is just gob-smacking. What the heck?

Is Sarcasm Genetic?

So is sarcasm genetic? I guess you could make a case for that being true, but I think it’s generally taught. My five-year old niece (who you will be familiar with if you’re a regular reader of my blog) is walking evidence that this may not be the case.

A lil background on me. I’m a 32 year old English male who has been living in the United States for nine years. If you grew up in my household, you should have a firm grasp on sarcasm. Myself, my brother and sister were always jibing at each other growing up. I have to feel sorry for my poor mum. I’d always pick at her with my sarcastic humour. Not in a malicious way though. She actually enjoyed it in some kind of twisted way. So you see, I had a firm base in sarcastic humour, and when I moved to the States all those years back, I faced the task of having to adapt my humour style to mesh with your average American citizen.

Chalk and cheese. Oil and water. Ice cream and horse manure. Somethings just aren’t compatible. And it turned out my sense of humour wasn’t tailor-made for the Stateside peeps. Besides having to slow down my thick Norfolk accent, I had to figure out how to connect with them on a humour level. This blog is in no way a dig at the American people. The English have their ways and the Americans have theirs.

Case in point. One time I was working a concession stand with a girl who is a close friend of my wife and I. She made the comment that whenever she hears me talk, she pictures me as somebody drinking tea with a little teacup, wearing a bowler hat and carrying an umbrella. My natural sarcasm kicked in and I exclaimed “That is so racist!” I waited for her to laugh. It never came. Instead she apologized to me and asked if she had offended me. I said of course not, but I could really see that she felt bad about it. I tried to reassure her it was okay, but the damage was done. Whoops!

So what about my little niece? Well, I’ve been there for her since she was born and have babysat her on numerous occasions. I’ve taught her how to draw, colour, read the alphabet and many other things. One other thing is that she’s learned from me is my sarcastic sense of humour. Say that I trip over. She laughs at my misfortune. In response I quickly snap “Why are you laughing?! Did somebody tell a joke?!” Does she feel bad and apologize profusely? Nope. She just quips back “Because you just fell on your butt!”

Now genetically her and I are no relation. Meaning that my sarcastic streak has not been genetically passed down to her. But through nurture, instead of nature, she’s picked up sarcasm. This is why I think sarcasm is not genetic. It’s brought on by learning through example at a young age. And boy did my little niece ever learn it!

Bert & Ernie: No Gay Wedding

Back in August, 2011, a Facebook petition came together asking to have Bert & Ernie, two of Sesame Street’s most recognizable characters, enter into a same-sex marriage. The petition picked up a lot of steam and before all was said and done people in their thousands had signed their names. But the makers of Sesame Street read the petition and turned it down, choosing not to go in the same-sex union direction.

So why did this issue ever come about? The LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) groups believed that a union between the two males Muppets would save the futures of a lot of LGBT children. Homosexual and transgendered kids have a tough life growing up and there is a high suicide rate among teens that are either the victims of bullying or harbour guilt about their sexuality.

So what was the theory about how  a same-sex marriage between the two Muppets could make a difference? The theory was that by having a couple of children’s TV characters getting married on a show would raise generation of kids that would be more tolerant to people living a LGBT lifestyle. Sort of a “teach kids tolerance while their minds are most impressionable” deal. Sesame Street is extremely clever about teaching children their ABCs through repetition. They could use this same power of repetition to embed knowledge of the LGBT lifestyle into the brains of children. The petitioners believe if the idea of a same-sex relationship acceptable on Sesame Street, kids watching it will grow up believing it’s acceptable.

This is where I think the idea was flawed. Now the idea, at it’s heart, is not a bad idea. Saving a young person from bullying and/or suicide is a good thing. A very noble cause. But I don’t think having the backdrop of Sesame Street is ideal for pro-LGBT propaganda. I actually think it would be quite exploitative to use Sesame Street to teach this subject to our tots. Young viewers watch to learn their ABCs. True, there are moral messages in there, but bringing the issue of same-sex marriage to them is a little heavy in my opinion. Since when has Sesame Street ever been about sexuality? The Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) has never explained why men are attracted to women and vice versa. It’s just kind of there. Why, all of a sudden, do they have to explain why a man loves a man or a woman loves a woman? It’s just not necessary. Let kids be kids. Let them watch Sesame Street and learn from and enjoy it as we did as kids. Let’s not complicate it with issues of a sexual variety.

I, Snuffleupagus

Dreams are weird things, aren’t they? I’m forever waking up remembering the weird dreams I had the night before. Last night was no different. My dream definitely resided in Weird Town, population me.

In it, I was flicking through a fancy dress catalogue, looking for something new to wear. Now bear in mind, it wasn’t a case of picking out a Hallowe’en costume, this was just me looking for an any-time outlandish costume. So, after flicking through the pages for a while, I settled upon a Mr. Snuffleupagus costume from Sesame Street. Yep, pretty strange eh? So my costume came in and I couldn’t wait to try it on. I tore the box open, pulled on the body suit, then my Dad and sister helped me put on the head. I’m not sure if it had the blinking eyelashes that the real deal Mr. Snuffleupagus had, but the costume was flippin’ cool! Before long I was running up and down the road outside my house trying to make people double take and jump at the site of Snuffy cavorting around Winterton-on-sea (my English home).

The dream concluded with my dad, sister and I cooking up a plan to scare my younger brother. My dad would sneak into his room with his camcorder and wait on me to enter the room. I would sneak in and stand over my brother. My sister would then call to him so he’d wake up, scream, and my dad would capture it all on video.

Sadly, before I could pull off the practical joke of the century… I woke up. Doncha hate it when that happens?

But this kind of makes me wonder. Am I a furry, suppressing my feelings? Surely this is the kind of dream that furries have? I may have to seek counselling!