Monday, August 10, 2015

The Atlantic: The Crimes of Children By Dylan Walsh

A MUST Read!


The Crimes of Children, August 10, 2015
The juvenile justice system was designed to “hide youthful errors from the full gaze of the public.” But the extra penalties attached to these sentences have ruined many lives.
By Dylan Walsh
Round Rock High School, just north of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, sprawls over 88 acres. It feels like a small liberal-arts college: There is a junior R.O.T.C. Training center. There are basketball courts, a gymnastics facility, a swimming pool, a football field, soccer fields, and a baseball diamond that, along its outfield fence, bears a faded sign commemorating the school’s 1997 state championship victory.
In January 2007, the principal called 17-year-old Jean Karlo Ponzanelli out of first-period history class and down to the office to join a waiting detective who took him to the local station for questioning. A girl he knew had run away from home and the police were curious about her whereabouts. They also suspected domestic abuse. (The girl declined a request for an interview, so her name has been withheld to protect her privacy.)

Ponzanelli had known this girl since the last day of 2005, when he attended a New Year’s Party at her home. “We go to the same high school,” he remembers her telling him in the kitchen.

John Oliver Show: Sex Education in America is Failing Our Kids

 August 9, 2015 John Oliver HBO Show

I know this video isn’t about Sex Offender Laws or Registries but the knowledge our kids are given or aren’t given in the U.S. can lead to them becoming “Sex Offenders”. Face it parents aren’t doing the job of sex education so the schools need to and when they do……… it needs to be consistent, factual and involve no shaming, belittling or suggesting they are "damaged goods" of no value or an evil-doer !!!!!!! 

So before those of you who don’t like John Oliver completely ignore the above video consider this……. Most kids/teens aren't aware of the age of consent laws in their own state or a neighboring state that their girlfriend or boyfriend may reside in OR that if they take, send, receive or share a sexual image (Sexting) of, from or with ANYONE under the age of 18 years old they’ve just violated Federal and most likely State Child Pornography laws. Plus online solicitation of a minor (talking about having sex or asking for sex) OR lying about your age when an older teen or 18 year old asks you prior to engaging in sex with them.