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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 05:44 PM
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81. I think it is more socio-economic prejudice
If the five year old were the daughter of a wealthy physician, whether they were white/black/hispanic or whatever, we all KNOW they wouldn't be behaving that way. It's a ridiculous PC hypothetical that goes against reality.

When I read the story in the newspaper, they didn't mention the girl's race. My initial thought, not knowing her race, was thatI don't have any problem with the handcuffs, they won't hurt her. Kids commit MURDER with alarming frequency, I don't see any reason to mollycoddle them as innocents.

The police have a program called "scared straight" where they take problem kids to visit prisons so they'll see where they're likely to wind up. Maybe by handcuffing that girl, it will shake her up enough at a young age that it will turn the course of her life for the better. The cop could have been trying to send her a message that this is where she's headed if she doesn't control herself. Cuffing her at five might spare her a prison sentence at 18.

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