Another armed robbery - almost a daily occurance~read " crime" comments
Original post made
by Mayfield Child
on May 15, 2007
There is a post up in the crime thread (a reply) regarding crime and the relationship to our schools here in Palo Alto....It was suggested that there be a mandatory class for information on "Crimes and the Law" for our children and I think this is a great idea. It will expand their knowledge of our juvenile and adult court system and also alert them to the conquences of behavior...This is something that our society needs to be more aware of as the pace picks up speed in our changing society. They have an old saying that "ignorance is no excuse" and I feel that giving the knowledge to the younger children can never come too late....I would like to see this course implemented around the 8th or 9th grade...Then another upgraded class on "Youth, Crimes and the Law" about the time right before the High School graduation commences..Why wait until the unknown strikes by mistake and a lawyer has to be called in? Someone elce besides myself needs to pass this along and get the ball rolling as I do not attend the PTA meetings...Please consider this item for an agenda change in our schools......We need well rounded out students that are aware of social implications, of their rights as young people, of the their role in society and the law of the land...............thanks for considering my idea proposal, now please help pass it along and possibly it may become a reality for our children.
Posted by Resident,
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2007 at 5:44 am
Do you really think that a class in the consequences of crime is going to make any difference at all in the crime level?
I suspect 2 things: The quality of home life affects the outcome in crime rate, and people who commit armed robbery and the like did not pay too much attention in school.
Posted by hmmmmm,
a resident of Midtown
on May 15, 2007 at 7:57 am
Interesting idea, but what do you give up to have this class in an already over-scheduled middle-school day? Maybe this information could be condensed into a couple of assemblies and given out as take-home material for the PARENTS!
The CA Bar Association has a great booklet called "Kids and the Law" and then an older version "When You Become 18 - A Survival Guide for Teenagers" and one for "maturing" Californians, too. They cover exactly what you're talking about in a great, readable format. I think they're provided for free - if your principal agrees, you can order a few hundred of them. PTAs used to pass them out for interested families.
Google search "Kids and the Law". Good luck!