Rubber Penis lands Teenager in Hot water and Court...How do you react?9:44 AM
Warning: Some may find parts of this post offensive, if you think you will find it offensive, please do not continue reading, it is a perspective post and based on fact and opinion.
If your kid was charged with waving a rubber penis out of a car, how would you feel? First, I am not saying what he did was right at all, small children could have seen this, and many people I am sure were offended. Personally, I would have laughed if it were Just Chris & I in the car or even my older kids, obviously, they already know what a penis is. Had my younger kids have seen it, well, I am sure they would have also known what it is, they start teaching Sex Ed in 4th, 5th & 6th grade here and I can just imagine the ewwww that's gross remarks, and the questions that would follow with what is a rubber penis. No something I would care to explain to a 12 year old for sure, however, I would have attempted to answer each question without laughing so hard I would have cried. . At the same time, even with kids in the car, I would not have called the police but would have instead came back and wrote a post like this.
So this kid, yes, I say kid, even though he was 18, was charged with disorderly conduct. Not a huge charge but being 18 , it is a charge that will stay on his record unless he somehow manages to use pretrial diversion to keep it off his record and do 2-3 years probation and hundreds of hours of community service and pay outrageous fines, court cost & probation cost. Maybe when he goes to court, the judge will dismiss the case and make him pay cost plus fines and community service. A teenage prank gone wrong. Honestly, I could see many of my friends at that age doing the same thing, but, being from a small town, the car would have been pulled over, the Rubber penis in question would have been taken away, the kids parents would have been told and the kid would have gotten a tough warning. At that point he would not see the inside of a court room because of this, but he will have still learned a lesson. Even as a legal adult, an 18 year old is still a kid, testing the limits of their newly found status as an official adult trapped in a kids body.
This incident happened in Unity Township, PA. The "kid" in question was a backseat passenger, he had the "rubber penis" held out on top of the car waving it at passing motorist. I can feel some of you already disagreeing with my earlier statements above now that you have read this far down. However, feel free to stop reading at this point, or feel free to voice your opinion at the end of the post in the comments, because I still have a lot more to say on this matter.
Photo Credit: Chris Ghrist and CBS Pittsburg
The article I read did not give many details, so I was determined to find out more about this. using my detective skills, I looked up the police Department online & gave them a call, fully expecting not to get more than a "no comment" but wow, they gave me their version of events right down to the kids name, which I have no intention of saying.Although if you are really curious and want to know the name of the kid, you can easily google teen charged in rubber Penis Incident and find his name. I ask if the kid have any previous arrest or incidents, was told no, his first offense.
The Incident happened at a little after 6pm in Unity Township on Route 30 ( not that I know where that is) A passing motorist called in the complaint ( they even offered to send me a copy of the recording) really? that's okay, I am writing an opinion post, but in said words, the motorist has his 14 year old Daughter with them and they were embarrassed, very upset and felt this was a crime . At this point, I think to myself, okay, either the 14 year old Daughter has never had sex ed or the parents really are living in oblivion. A 14 girl knows exactly what it was and am sure she was doing all she could do to hold back her laughter. I think my kids would have been laughing to the point of tears , would be my guess and yes, I was have been a tad bit upset, maybe even a bit embarrassed at seeing this ungodly rubber Penis hanging out a car window.
Now, back to the Rubber Penis. Personally, I am in total disagreement of this kid being charged with disorderly conduct. I could see a traffic ticket possibly, even though he wasn't driving, but I really disagree with something that could stay on this kid's record personally. Obviously, the kid will not lie, after all they have pictures, and I can see some sort of punishment for this,at the same time, I can see a court room full of on lookers laughing until they cry when this goes in front of a judge. I am sure in the little town of Unity Township, this will go down in the history books and be told year after year and never forgotten, .
I even considered a petition to have the charges dropped and the kids do numerous hours of community service and pay a small fine instead of making a mockery out of the justice system. I am sure many of you disagree with me on this. However, I have 7 kids, 6 of those are teenagers, one of the six is mentally disabled, but I guarantee even she would have been laughing uncontrollably. Now, the 12 year old would have been like ewww, yuck, that's gross, and started asking questions, but as a parent, it would be up to me on how to handle those questions and I would think I would have taken that as an opportunity to talk about the "Birds & The Bee's" after all, she is in 7th grade and 3 girls at her school are Pregnant. It is a subject I have been wanting to talk to her about anyway and have tried to find the opportune moment to bring it up, I think that would have been a good time to come home, grab some s'mores, bring her in my bedroom and have the talk. It would have also been a great time to remind my 4 older boys that live with us still to use precautions and remind them of what happens, even though one of those said boys is 21, has a child,works 5 days a week, see's his child daily ,pays rent for his Child's mother plus child support, diapers & utilities, yet he & the Mother cannot get a long so he moved back home. yet again, another blog post that I have strong opinions about, which one would include Welfare fraud. Again, save that in your mind for later because I may just air some family drama just to get some opinions on that subject.
So, in retrospect, my personal opinion , and that of two other adults I just ask as well as several comments I read on the original FB post about this and the subsequent article I read and the talking with the police Department, I disagree with how this was handled. Many of you may disagree with me, and that's okay. I would love to hear your opinions, but I would ask that you keep those opinions clean, as we are not hre to offend anyone, but welcome to state your opinions, as a matter a fact, I welcome to hear what you have to say as I am sure many of you may disagree with me.
Is a rubber penis cause for a lifelong charge on your record?