15
Jul
09

“Dad Told Me to Do It”


hstreaker“Dad told me to do it.” That’s the reason a 14-year old boy (not pictured) gave to police after being arrested for running on the field at a Charlotte Knights minor league game on Saturday. Thanks to a beach bag give-away, post-game fireworks and the Gwinnett Braves there was a larger than usual crowd on hand for the excitement. After being led away by the police, the boy told them that his father, Jeffrey Richards, had dared him to do it and even had told him he’d be “a man” if he did. Now THAT’S parenting!

The police then arrested his father as well, charging him with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The dad was released on bond the next day but his son was held in jail until Tuesday morning when the next session of Family Court convened which absolutely has to suck.

“I said, ‘Boy, if you do, you’d be the man,'” Richards said. “It wasn’t like we went to the rail and helped him over or anything. I think he thought it was going to be funny. He’s more of a prankster than a troublemaker. It’s nothing mean or spiteful. You hate it because there were 9,000 people there. You can’t necessarily slap him on the wrist and let him go back. The sheriff’s office had to do what they had to do.”

Sounds to me like someone just earned an Xbox from his dad in order to try and gloss over having to spend 3 days in jail for a dare.

[Charlotte Observer]


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