Many in Wheeling may often wonder why it seems when kids and teens are involved in what turns out to be very serious incidents why so often they are perceived to be treated with leniency. Some may think that is their bad behavior in any way mirrors that of an adult, they should be treated the same way. While some of their concerns may be well-founded, it should also be remembered the youths often do not fully appreciate the harm that their actions may cause, and that with the benefit of better judgment, they might choose to avoid acting up altogether.
Three teenage brothers in Alabama are in hot water with authorities after being arrested for causing a panic at their school. Teachers began to notice several students acting strange. After being sent to the office, the affected students were reported to be acting lethargic and "loopy". In all, six were taken to a local hospital for treatment after paramedics discovered them to have alarmingly high heart rates. It was later discovered that the brothers had laced gummy bears with methamphetamine had distributed them to other students. All of those who ingested the gummy bears were later released to go home.
While one certainly might wonder what caused these brothers to do this, it should also be remembered that these are teens who may not have anticipated the extent of harm they ended up causing. Gearing any punitive action that these kids and others like them may receive more towards teaching rather than simple discipline may help steer them away from such behavior. Those who want to see their teens receive such help may want to work with an attorney in securing it.
Source: Sacramento Bee "Gummy bears laced with meth send six high school students to hospital, police say" Sweeney, Don, Nov. 03, 2017