On Friday. last week a reformed Milwaukee “street thug” caught a 14 year-old boy trying to steal his pants, as he played basketball on an inner city court. Inside the pants were his wallet, keys, credit cards and cash.
Catching the boy a few blocks away, he and his friends decide to give him the choice of punishments, either call the police and report the attempted theft, walk him home to his mother and tell her the story, or take the punishment right then and there.
Now I know there will be many people who will complain that this man has No right to dish out this kind of punishment to another person’s child, but if you consider the facts that many inner city youths do not have a male role model in their lives, this form of justice and punishment is exactly what this kid needed.
The man does not seem to enjoy the moment as he whips the kids backside, but rather explains to him throughout the whole ordeal that he doesn’t want him to end up in prison or worse. That he cares about him and wants to see him grow up to be a responsible adult.
After the punishment is “doled” out, the man puts his arm around the crying boy and tells him that it’s gonna be okay, and that he will be following up with him and keep in contact. He then tells the boy that they are going to go to the park and hang out, get something to drink and eat and talk.
This type of “street” tough punishment may not work for everyone, but this is what is missing from many of the potential criminal elements walking the streets today. I wish there were more men like this, walking the streets of the inner cities, passing out this message to young kids, before they destroy their futures.
Sir… whoever you are, I just want to say thank you for your actions. There are a lot more kids you need men like you in their lives!
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams