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Fucking Kids These Days...

To the 12-year-old friends planning to build themselves a den, the cherry tree seemed an inviting source of material.

But the afternoon adventure turned into a frightening ordeal for Sam Cannon, Amy Higgins and Katy Smith after they climbed into the 20ft tree - then found themselves hauled into a police station and locked in cells for up to two hours.

Their shoes were removed and mugshots, DNA samples and mouth swabs were taken.

Officers told the children they had been seen damaging the tree which is in a wooded area of public land near their homes.


That's pretty fucked up isn't it?

I'm sure this won't be as popular as the last post, but goddamn, I never got DNA tested as a kid. Am I appalled, or do I just feel left out?


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Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
I'm too flabbergasted to even formulate a good response.

Geez, Ben.

It makes me want to lie down in traffic.

Talk about being out of touch with the community you're supposed to be helping...

You know, my favorite quote, ever, about police came from a tv show called THE COMMISH. (Michael Chiklis before THE SHIELD.)

He basically explained to a charater that the job of the police wasn't to enforce the law - their job was to help regulate human behavior.

If those idiot cops had talked to the kids and their parents (as I would hope would happen around my community), then that might have been the end of it. Mug shots and DNA swabs?

Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
it's pretty insane, really. i keep thinking to myself, 'how do you justify this? and what kind of neighbour calls because kids at getting branches?' i decided it was all real fucked up and a sign that, as people, we're getting more and more fucked up...
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
What a ludicrous response by the police. Those poor kids. Maybe it's a sign I'm getting old, but I so want to respond to this story by starting with "In my day..."

Oh what the hell. In my day, climbing trees and making treehouses and breaking a branch or two was normal kid stuff. As was walking to school, riding bikes without helmets and all the rest. The only time the cops ever approached me for anything was when I and some mates were playing with a plastic toy gun in a paddock near home, and someone called the cops. When the cops came and saw it was a toy gun, they left us alone.

Which reminds me a favourite story I heard from an older bloke who grew up in a country town. When he was a kid, he and a mate used to go rabbit shooting. One day he was cycling home through town after hunting, doubling his mate on his bike. They had dead bunnies strung over the handlebars and he and his mate each had a rifle or shotgun slung over their shoulders. The local copper stopped them and gave them a stern talking to... for riding a bike on the footpath.

Times change, and not always for the better.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
heh. funny.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Honestly though, I climbed trees when I was a kid and I didn't get DNA testing for that.

I want DNA testing. =/
Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
yes. i also want mug shots.
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