Hear that? That's the sound of me screaming. If you listen carefully you may well also hear the sound of hair being ripped out BY THE ROOTS and if you stick around long enough ........ Well, you may also hear the sound of a computer being thrown across room.
Not usually a violent person - honestly - enough is enough, I've had it up to hear (picture me indicating the top of my head)
For the last week/10 days or so Pooter has been a very naughty boy indeed - or is it Pooter? Therein lies the problem, despite several diagnostic/virus checks we can't get to the bottom of who is to blame. Is it Pooter? Is it blogger? Is it FaceBook? Is it internet explorer? Your guess is probably as good, nay, better then mine.
The problem? I'm constantly being disrupted in my attempts to blog/farm - either a message comes up saying 'this tab is closing' OR worse still a message saying the 'programme is unresponsive' and I need to close, clicking on an error report button - AAAAGGGGGHHHHHhhhhhh.
Anyway, (fingers crossed, disruptions aside) I thought I might as well end this post as I started it ........ with a good old rant.
"Vandal, 4, must say sorry to his victims," read a recent article in the Daily Telegraph.
A boy aged four is believed to be the youngest person in Britain to be dealt with under a RESTORATIVE JUSTICE SCHEME (RJS)which involves criminals apologising to victims.
The child who admitted causing criminal damage last year, could not be taken to court as he is under 10, the age of criminal responsibility.
Instead of being given a ticking off, Norfolk police put the boy through the RJS. It meant he had to apologise to his victim and make amends.
More than 500 children aged under 12 were dealt with in Norfolk under the process last year. Norfolk police said any action required the consent of a parent.
Now I have several problems with this. Firstly at aged 4 what an awful tag to be carrying, to be officially known (and named?) as a vandal. For goodness sake aged 4 does the child even fully understand what a vandal is? A thorny, much debated topic - do children know right from wrong at such a tender age? I have very mixed feelings about the whole debate, which I won't bore you with, EXCEPT to say that I largely believe we are probably not born knowing right from wrong but need to learn it. Which brings me to my next point. Where are the parents in this? Surely it is firstly and foremost THEIR duty to deal with the situation which, I would suggest, should include the child apologising to his 'victim'. At what cost to this boy (and financially) did this end up going through such a scheme?
Rant over. What do you think?