Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Okra, May 22, 2019.
The kid who injured the Flamingo should have to euthanize it. THAT would be a learning experience.
Not enough info in the article to answer the question
They never are.
Definitely so. Harsh penalties for animal cruelty.
A born leader.
I mean it really depends on the circumstances. I know I've told my kids not to throw rocks before. Granted, they never threw them directly at anybody or with malicious intent, but still. Also the age of the kid would be a factor. There's not enough here to go on. I'll just call it an unfortunate story.
There is an odd lack of info to this story at this point. A flamingo is a fairly large bird. I'd imagine it would have to be a big rock, or a small rock thrown at high velocity, to cause enough injury to have to euthanize the animal.
Broke it's leg.
I'm not a flamingo expert, but aren't their legs kinda small?
Anyway, after raising kids, and being around my grandkids daily, I don't think the parents should be responsible.
The kid who threw the rock should be responsible.
Have the kid clean the enclosure, and feed Flamingos for awhile.
Yeah, i get that. Could a 5-6 year old kid do that to a bird in an enclosure? Even if he/she could, that's old enough to know better, imo.
Lessons from my father......
My father was a small town judge in the 70-80's. Whenever a juvenile was to appear in court, he all but filed a summons for the parents to appear. The reason for this was that he always made the parents liable for enforcement of the penalty he assessed to the errant child. These kids did everything from minor trespassing, to car theft and property destruction. I had to come to court from time to time to watch as a kid and learn my lessons by observation. P.S. if the parents didn't show up, my dad has a summons filed and a continuance. Only in a small town could this happen.
So in my family, parents are liable for the behaviour of their child not excuses. Regardless the parents should have been monitoring the child that threw the rock. Parents should be fined in the amount of the value of the flamingo and all support costs.
Yeah, parents should pony up for the costs of a new bird. Being responsible for your children is something that parents sign up for, consciously or not
Not enough info. A child is still their own person, and my kids have done things against my instruction many times.
No easy answer. If a financial penalty is warranted, obviously a kid can't pay for it. Service? Heck yeah the kid can pay for it.
He should see if the Cincinnati Zoo has an internship program.
I dunno. Sometime kids do random, stupid things. Sometimes it's due to lack of parental instruction, but sometimes things like peer pressure, immaturity, etc, override that in even the best of kids.
It's a common blanket statement to say the parents should be held responsible for everything their kids do, but in reality it's not that simple. Think back on some of the stupid things you did as a kid, even if you "knew better" and despite your level of parental guidance. Were they all your parents' fault?
Parents ought to pay, I think.
Responsibility is not always about fault.