So, the night of July 3, a group of teenagers in Milwaukee ransacked a gas station convenience store. Gas station convenience stores are to robberies what housetrailers are to tornadoes. (If that’s not too SAT for you.) No one wants to see them get robbed, but you kind of come to expect the worst. Representatives of the same group of teenagers allegedly assaulted and robbed a number of people on the street and in a local park. For those of you not up to speed on goings on in Milwaukee, this was the night of the big Lakefront fireworks, making the incident that much more demoralizing. Fortunately, no one was gravely injured.
Much of the gas station incident was caught on tape, and the tape was publicized in an attempt to find the participants. One woman, identified only as Kizzy, recognized her own children, thirteen and fifteen years old. She confronted them, and after they admitted they had participated, she escorted them to the police station to turn themselves in. She then went on TV and encouraged other parents to do the same thing.
Congratulations Miss, for realizing and admitting to yourself that your kids had gotten involved in something beyond the capability of parents to deal with on their own. Getting caught is often a blessing in disguise. It precipitates a lesson in cause and effect, and that as you get older there is more to worry about than Mom finding out. And any criminal record should be sealed since they are minors.
Full disclosure: several other parents turned their kids in as well.
Beer may have made Milwaukee famous, but Miss Kizzy made Milwaukee proud.