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Posted on 05/30/2014 7:22:35 PM PDT by grundle
A Hawaii man has been sentenced to a year of probation after making his son walk a mile home from school.
Robert Demond was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.
Demond explained that his son had been involved in some sort of rule-breaking at school. When Demond picked him up, he asked about it, but his son refused to respond. Demond then stopped the car and told his son to walk to rest of the way home to think about what he had done, reports the Garden Island.
The judge, Kathleen Watanabe, ruled that the punishment was old-fashioned and inappropriate. She said that it is dangerous for children to walk alongside the road due to potential pedophiles. It was a form of punishment no longer supported by the community.
Demond was sentenced to a $200 fine and a year of probation. His sons age was never revealed in court documents.
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Hawaii must be a really dangerous place.
Are you effing kidding me?! WTH is wrong with everyone to let the school systems interfere in the disciplining of our own children?
Well I am in it deep then.
I had someone call the cops on me because I was making a 10 year old do punishment exercises. The officer asked if I thought what I was doing was wrong. Of course I didn’t otherwise I wouldn’t do it. I pointed out that he had to do punishment exercises in the academy. My reasoning was it was highly unlikely that they would be engaging in illegal activity in the police academy.
I am alway entertained by people who think it is wrong to discipline a child through punishment or force and yet they call on someone to use force and punishment. Ironic.
I would assume the child was well under 14.
He had to walk a whole mile?
The other day I walked from our Boardwalk, over to Natural Bridges and then to Capitola Village.
Total distance? 18 miles
Views and quality of enjoyment - priceless
One mile. Pfffft! !!
Totally insane ruling by an obviously out-to-lunch judge.
Contact the court system here:
Commission on Judicial Conduct
Kapuaiwa Bldg., 426 Queen Street, Room 118
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-2914
Telephone: (808) 539-4790
Fax: (808) 539-4756
There are judges in this country that think they are our lords and masters. They need to be persuaded otherwise.
Hawaii is so full of leftist nuts and criminals that you could start your own country with just them as citizens.
Read the Hawai’i Free Press if you want to find out what is really going on there.
The Democrats in Hawaii are just as corrupt as those in Chicago, New York, Detroit, LA and Cleveland.
I bet she sentences parents whose children are obese for not making sure they get enough exercise.
Stupid idiotic judge. Should be retired. ASAP.
But we must tolerate those who have become fat and lazy.
A kid walking is a crime because there are so many pedophiles? Shouldn’t pedophilia be the crime that is punished? Reminds me of the law that used to be on the books in Chicago making it illegal to be a midget or dwarf alone on the street. The reasoning was you might get kidnapped by a circus.
Liberalism IS a mental disease.
The guys life is messed up for more than a year, and possibly his lifetime depending on where he wants to go with it. He has a record of child abuse now. His credibility with his kid is in ruin, and possibly with his family due unforeseen consequences of this judge’s edict.
This liberal judge has imposed her own unsupported perspectives onto this family that will never be undone.
The result of elevating bat dung crazy Leftists to leadership positions in our judicial, or governing entities.
yes...the new ways are much more effective (sarcasm)
My first day of Kindergarten, I insisted that I would walk home, and I did, it was well farther than a mile.
Mark Steyn on RUSH today said that Richard Branson’s parents cut him loose 200 miles from home when he was 5 years old.
My mother let me walk nearly 20 miles once in the middle of the night when I was about 14.
I earned it.
Wussification trumps Parenting, every time.
Son of a ****... we, used to walk a mile and a half or thereabouts to school and the same distance back every single day of the school year and the only “punishment” anybody ever spoke of relevant to that was the punishment God was likely to inflict on any kid too candy-assed to do that for whatever reason.
We had to walk 2 miles to catch the school bus each day for weeks one year when the bus drivers went on strike. I think I was in 4th grade.
Don't you people realize that liberals dominate the entire justice system?
Kauai is Hippie Heaven. Far left even by Hawaii standards.
I walked over a mile each way to school on city streets when I was well under 14.
Oh, and I found out daughter doesn’t like to walk to school not because of a perceived “danger” but because it leaves less time to do her hair!
The universe is constantly expanding; a mile is longer now than back in our day.
THAT is a very scary sentence. The judge rules against the dad not because he broke the law, but because he did something "no longer supported by the community"? What happened to law?
I don’t think this had anything to do with the school.
Exactly! For me, it wasn't city streets, but rather frozen-over Michigan dirt roads. We lived at the end of a private street (no bus service) that was at the end of a dirt road. When the dirt roads became the cause of a lot of service problems to the bus, they changed the route to only stop at the intersection of the paved roads and dirt roads.
Through rainstorms - walk. Through snow-storms - walk. Through ice storms, and ice-skating conditions on the roads - walk. A mile, in each direction.
Our country is going nuts. Absolutely nuts.
I guess you can't blame the judge for the father's stupidity. No jury of adults with children would have convicted him of anything. That was probably the lightest sentence she could have given him for the crime he basically pled guilty to.
If he had a lawyer, the lawyer should be disbarred.
We (Security) used to get University students complaining that they could not get a car park - the northern end of the campus had a massive car park that was never full (less than a mile walk) - I had several young fit looking males and females whine at me “But that is so far” - My retort was “Just think of all the money you will save not having to pay for a gym membership”. I also told them I was more than twice their age and would have to walk that distance 10 -20 times a day. Look on their face was always precious like they had finally realized they were a spoilt whimp!
We are getting larger too, and our steps are longer. The same mile takes the same number of steps, regardless of the expansion factor.
This is easy to prove if you simply think that the space remains the same, but the ruler gets shorter.
> I dont think this had anything to do with the school.
Maybe not but thats usually par for course on these types of situations.
Walked to school 1.3 miles at 7-8 years of age. Didn’t use a school bus.
Walked 4 miles per day and seven days a week after school and on weekends delivering newspapers at 10 to 13 years of age.
Frequently rode a bicycle distances of 10 to 20 miles at 8 to 15 years of age.
Rode my horse on saddle and bareback along roads and cross country distances of 10 to 20 miles starting at 11 years of age. Carried a rifle in the scabbard and a pistol on some occasions while riding. Drove horsedrawn racing sulky and wagons a number of miles too.
This judge needs to be immediately impeached before any further harm can be caused.
Thank you for that thought. The next time someone comments on my somewhat increased girth, I’ll have to claim that the universe is constantly expanding, hence their observation of me. That’s the ticket!
I just want to know specifically what law and penal code section he violated.
Old fashioned, inappropriate and no longer supported by the community aren’t any penal codes I have ever heard of.
Anyone remember the Emergency Drills in the 60’s?
Students in Grades 1 through 6, who lived within 2 miles of school, were told to walk home and not dawdle, and take note of the time.
Of course parents were informed and most had mother’s waiting at home for them.
And then there’s my Grandpa...nicknamed “12 mile Johnny”....horse and cart, as I recall the telling.
Ummm...I had to walk a mile from grade school. This was because I had walked TO grade school a mile that morning. IN ADDITION, we walked home to go to lunch AND...walked back to school (no school lunch program back then. Heck, no school lunchroom, period). When I was a kid, very few people had two cars and probably only 50% of the moms could actually even drive a car. I will admit, this was done on sidewalks in a safe suburban neighborhood in flat-as-a-board Chicago. The snow might not have been three feet deep (and then came the winter), and the walks might not have been uphill both ways, but it was darned cold a few months every year...you couldn’t ride a bike to school until sixth grade, as I recall.
I noted at my grade school’s 40-year (no, really, 40-year) reunion that not a single classmate had experienced a heart attack, and with only a few unrelated and explainable exceptions (drug overdose, type I congenital diabetes), no one died. I believe that exercise and activity, especially when you are young, was probably a factor.
Young people today aren’t going to be getting much of THAT that behind an Xbox and being chauffeured around.
“I just want to know specifically what law and penal code section he violated.”
Whatever one sticks.
I just checked the mileage on Google Maps between the house I grew up in and my elementary school. One mile exactly. I would routinely walk home from school beginning in the 3rd grade for sure, maybe the 2nd.
“It was a form of punishment no longer supported by the community.”
Yeah, a chill went down my spine when I read that.
Being Jewish was no longer supported by the German community in the 1930’s, as I have read.
I would do the same thing. I would also follow along behind. One mile isn’t even 30 minutes of excercise. He should have told the judge that he was taking Michelle Obama’s concern for obestiy seriously and trying to kill two birds with one stone.
IE: Excercise and Mental Meditation regarding actions and consequences. Studies have shown that walking outdoors works as well as or better than anti-depressants.
He must have had a lousy lawyer.
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