February 24, 2009
Bourjaily: .177-Caliber Parenting
By Phil Bourjaily
When we lived in the country, I kept an air rifle around the house for mouse control. Strangely, it never once occurred to me that I could also use it dispense .177 caliber reminders to my son to stop blocking my view of the TV screen. Unlike this guy.
The father faces one felony count of child abuse, a charge carrying a maximum penalty of 6 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Let’s suppose he’s found guilty and you’re the judge. What’s the appropriate sentence?