Tuesday, February 27, 2007

His Parents Must Be So Proud

Asshat was a term coined by our good blogger friend Admiral Pooper Scooper to describe persons capable of any variety of ridiculous, disturbing or offensive behavior. Soon after, Attila the Mom created an award given to the most outrageous Asshat each week. Although I realize I may be violating her intellectual property rights by posting this, after reading this article I couldn’t resist.

So it is with great respect, and apologies, that I submit my nomination for Asshat of the Week.

It was reported today in the (other) local paper that a 16-year-old in Cloquet, MN. found it so amusing when he dumped a pitcher of ice water on a 90-year-old nursing home resident in June that he returned and did it twice more, in December and again last month. And then bragged about it to his buddies at school.

In the story the boy is quoted as saying,

“Me and [another teenager] were like, this is gonna be hilarious, 'cause this lady was talking to herself and she was yelling and stuff so we threw it on her," the 16-year-old boy told police, describing the first incident. “She started screaming and freaking out so we thought this was hilariously funny, and we were all talking about it in school and everyone was laughing about it."

Funny?!? Really?!?

Not to those of us with 90-year-old grandmothers. On any other reasonable human being, for that matter. I can’t even begin to count the different kinds of crap that this kid should have kicked out of him.

Fortunately, due some diligent investigation on the part of the nursing home administrator, the kid was charged last week with felony stalking.

For 10 days after the third incident, (the administrator) drove through school parking lots looking for the license plate, finally finding it at the school in Proctor. "The principal knew right away whose car it was," he said. "I told the police, 'Look, I know who that kid is, who his dad is and where the dad works. Do something, because we've got staff and families who are just waiting, and if those kids come back, somebody's going to jump them.'"

The County Attorney will ask the judge next week to certify the boy as an adult which exempts him from certain protections but is an insult to adults everywhere (except maybe Tom Green).

Now I like to think of myself as a forgiving person but I’m finding it really, really hard to muster and compassion for kid. I spent several years developing a community-based Restorative Justice Program in my community and truly believe in the power of forgiveness but, this one pushes me to the limit. I think of my own grandmother and how she might react. And what I might do as a result. Anything short of an Alabama Ass Whuppin' is too good for this turd.

Ask me tomorrow and I may have calmed down a bit. But not today.


Meg said...

When that kid turns 80 I'll hunt him down and see how he likes it!

I miss the Admiral. *sniff*

Sven said...

Sixty-four years is a long time to wait. Kind of reminds me of the old Cosby story about Junior Barnes.

I miss the Admiral as well.

Attila The Mom said...

OMG, that is absolutely appalling. I hope he gets a good sound kick in the asshat.

Sophia said...


And ditto to missing the Admiral.

Nikki said...

I can not believe this kid.

I miss the Admiral too.

OneEar said...

I agree with you. This kind of treatment should be reserved for winning football coaches.

Superstar said...

As a former SW in an Elderly assisted living/nursing home, I am equally outraged at this teen agers actions. It's a felony. Elder abuse. Not just stalking. This teen BROKE into her HOME and caused emotional and physical harm. We wouldn't think twice if it was a cat, dog or other animal...This is the behavior when Identified as a sociopath...Get the kid help ASAP!!!

Hope the 90 year old is ok.

Good for that administrator! ~claps hands wildly~
Slap the book at him!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

This is just shocking. The lad needs to be locked up for a very long time if this is his idea of entertainment.