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Buffalo Grove boy dials 911 after parents take away his Xbox video game
The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 18, 2009 | Tribune Staff Report

Posted on 11/23/2009 10:50:04 AM PST by Reaganesque

A 15-year-old boy told Buffalo Grove police that his parents had taken away his video game system and asked whether they were within their rights.

They were, police told him.

The teen called 911 about 12:50 p.m. Sunday but then hung up, said Cmdr. Steve Husak. Officers went to the house, and after hearing the story, told the youth that his parents have the authority to take away his Xbox as punishment.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boy; brat; modernsociety; parenting; police; xbox
The brattification of America continues.
1 posted on 11/23/2009 10:50:05 AM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Reaganesque

A future libertarian.


2 posted on 11/23/2009 10:51:56 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Reaganesque

Punks! Xbox is doing so much for our youth.


3 posted on 11/23/2009 10:52:04 AM PST by lesko
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To: Reaganesque

LOL! Dumb kid.


4 posted on 11/23/2009 10:52:46 AM PST by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: Reaganesque

In Texas the cop would have also offered to witness the spanking or have the parents bring the kid into the station for spanking.


5 posted on 11/23/2009 10:57:37 AM PST by Eagle Eye (3%)
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To: Reaganesque

Wow, the mindset of children has changed so much since I was that age. Unbelievable.


6 posted on 11/23/2009 10:59:14 AM PST by Wee-Weed Up
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To: Reaganesque
This kid comes from the same bucket of youth being raised by clueless parents as the college student who sat in my office complaining about her grade and saying, "My parents and I are paying a lot for my education here, you know."

She wanted me to "do something" because the course teacher wouldn't give her extra credit to get her grade up.

All these kids are entitled to what they want, dontcha know???

7 posted on 11/23/2009 10:59:19 AM PST by PLK
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To: Reaganesque

Taking away an XBox isn’t punishment at all! Now, if it had been his PS3.....


8 posted on 11/23/2009 11:00:00 AM PST by An American in Turkiye
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To: Reaganesque

Which is better Xbox 360 or Playstation 3? Why?


9 posted on 11/23/2009 11:00:27 AM PST by Jack Black
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To: Reaganesque

Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

Do not withhold discipline from children;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
Punish them with the rod
and save them from death.

A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
but children left to themselves disgrace their mother.


10 posted on 11/23/2009 11:01:16 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Jack Black

I wouldn’t know. I have neither.


11 posted on 11/23/2009 11:01:59 AM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Reaganesque

12 posted on 11/23/2009 11:03:07 AM PST by cranked
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To: Reaganesque
But you can't take away the Xbox, it's the ultimate in home enertainment. There needs to be more laws!


13 posted on 11/23/2009 11:03:49 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Jack Black

XBox is better for online gaming and community. PS3 is better for media capabilities. Both are great consoles.


14 posted on 11/23/2009 11:04:20 AM PST by RightFighter (Sarah Palin - we love you and can't wait to see you again.)
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To: PLK
"My parents and I are paying a lot for my education here, you know."

"Yes, and I hope their other investments are performing better."

15 posted on 11/23/2009 11:05:56 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: MrB

Most people use the old “save the rod spare the child” axiom out of context and in the completely incorrect manner. I like the version you quote because it is much more direct!


16 posted on 11/23/2009 11:07:07 AM PST by jurroppi1 (America, do not commit Barry Care-y!)
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To: Jack Black

Xbox 360.
Xbox Live is much more established than PS3’s alternative.

My kids have had their xbox rights revoked several times. But they haven’t tried calling 911.


17 posted on 11/23/2009 11:07:51 AM PST by toast
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To: jurroppi1
Link to Relevant Proverbs
18 posted on 11/23/2009 11:08:46 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Reaganesque

on the bright side, he was inquiring about his rights and their authority over him... we should all be so bold...


19 posted on 11/23/2009 11:09:40 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: AppyPappy

Or Democrat.


20 posted on 11/23/2009 11:10:16 AM PST by sport
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To: Reaganesque
A bit of an overreaction and a waste of the police's time, IMHO. Now, if he'd murdered his parents with an axe and then called 911 he wouldn't be in all this trouble.
21 posted on 11/23/2009 11:11:49 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Reaganesque

once Obama rams through our acceptance of the U.N. Intenational Rights of the Child Treaty this story will have a very different outcome


22 posted on 11/23/2009 11:13:42 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Reaganesque; null and void; brytlea; autumnraine; Grumpybutt; Cagey; AuntB; RandallFlagg; ...

It’s emotionally satisfying to contemplate what I would have done to my sons’ Xbox, and my son, if any had pulled this trick.


23 posted on 11/23/2009 11:15:03 AM PST by Shimmer1 (When life hands you lemons, ask for tequila and salt)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

That little sneaky bit will lead to BITS if they try to enforce it. People WILL take up arms to defend their parental rights.


24 posted on 11/23/2009 11:16:55 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: nagdt

He needs a smack upside his head,and a fine he can pay for himself. Little punk.


25 posted on 11/23/2009 11:18:45 AM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord,For His Name Alone Is Exaulted)
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To: cranked

Is that Zippy? Or Pippy?


26 posted on 11/23/2009 11:21:04 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: latina4dubya
on the bright side, he was inquiring about his rights and their authority over him...

Typical skull full of mush.

He should have called the ACLU.

27 posted on 11/23/2009 11:26:44 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: Reaganesque
So, he's 15-years-old, about to get this drivers' license, and pitches this little fit over an X-Box being taken away?

This is what happens when parents fail to establish who is in charge, at a very early age. I can't wait to see what's going to happen when he is denied use of the car later on?

Personally, after he pulled the 911 stunt, I'd take that X-box and another video game he has out to the driveway and back over it several times with the car...never to allow another one to come into the house.

Also, I'd get with the cops and have him (mock) arrested for "filing a false report"...just to scare the pee out of him for that little trick.


28 posted on 11/23/2009 11:32:52 AM PST by FrankR (SENATE: You cram it down our throats in '09, We'll shove it up your ass in '10...count on it.)
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To: Jack Black

“Which is better Xbox 360 or Playstation 3? Why?”

In practical terms, the two systems are roughly comparable in gaming performance. In theory, the PS3 has substantially greater processing power, but it is apparently very difficult for game developers to program their games to fully harness all of that power. The PS3 came out a couple of years later than the XBox 360, so it’s still possible that it will pull ahead in actual performance as game developers become more savvy in exploiting its strengths. The one clear immediate advantage the PS3 does have is that it is capable of playing Blu-Ray discs.

Although I have a PS3 but not an XBox 360, I see no reason to trash the XBox 360 as some PS3 fanboys are prone to do, as both systems have proven to be excellent gaming platforms. If you are into gaming, I think the deciding factor would be the games themselves, particularly those that are exclusive to one platform or the other. For instance, I love Warhawk, which is a Sony (via Incognito) title available only on the PS3. This title alone is reason enough for me to own the PS3. We’re also huge fans of the Ratchet & Clank series, exclusive to Sony. Some of my XBox 360 friends came over and saw me playing Ratchet & Clank Future Tools of Destruction, and they told me there is nothing like it for the XBox 360 in terms of the stunning beauty of its graphics. The XBox 360 has an advantage in offering a greater number of high quality first-person shooter exclusives like the Halo Series.


29 posted on 11/23/2009 11:56:33 AM PST by Texan Tory
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To: Reaganesque

My son is a cop. He answered a 911 call about an older kid hitting his sister. When he got there he found the two, the only ones at home. A 15 year old boy and his 12 year old sister. The boy had thrown a french fry across the table and hit her with it. She called 911 over that.


30 posted on 11/23/2009 12:01:33 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Get lost, Mitt. You're the Eddie Haskell of the Republican party." (Finny))
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To: Jack Black
Which is better Xbox 360 or Playstation 3? Why?

I don't have the vaguest idea what either one is or does.

31 posted on 11/23/2009 12:03:25 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Get lost, Mitt. You're the Eddie Haskell of the Republican party." (Finny))
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To: Graybeard58

Too bad being a whiner isn’t illegal. Sigh.


32 posted on 11/23/2009 12:10:11 PM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Reaganesque

His effing xbox would be history forever, and the little SOB would be grounded until he was 18, and then I’d kick his traitorous a$$ out the door.


33 posted on 11/23/2009 12:16:29 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: toast
My kids have had their xbox rights revoked several times. But they haven’t tried calling 911.

You meanie! You'd probably further violate their rights, by taking away their cell phones.

34 posted on 11/23/2009 1:00:27 PM PST by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: Reaganesque

Imho, his parents should give his Xbox away as a Christmas present for a needy child.


35 posted on 11/23/2009 1:04:20 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Christmas present for a needy child

No child needs a Xbox or any other mind numbing device. Sell it and give the proceeds to an organization which helps needy children.

36 posted on 11/23/2009 1:08:07 PM PST by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: ASA Vet

Sell it and buy the kid a set of Legos.


37 posted on 11/23/2009 1:09:31 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: ASA Vet

That would be a better idea, I agree!


38 posted on 11/23/2009 1:10:25 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: jurroppi1

LOL. Spare the child, beat the box. I found that taking a sledgehammer to the Gameboy was VERY effective. Lots of little smashed plastic pieces everywhere and the utterly awakened look on my son was priceless.


39 posted on 11/23/2009 1:21:22 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: eldoradude

When my son’s grades tanked, I sold his Game boy to his cousin. He gets irritated every time he sees her playing with it.
Also when I reaqd him this story, his response was “What a wuss” and my son is 14.


40 posted on 11/23/2009 2:14:07 PM PST by chae (I am karmic retribution)
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