As I may have mentioned a thousand times before, it seems like we have criminalized everything. This has had a disproportionately bad effect on our younger folks, who get ensnared in the legal system far more than I did growing up in the ’80s.
And, without boring you with my many colorful middle-class suburban shenanigans, let me admit now that–under current laws–it may have been possible to charge me and my friends with several felonies back in the day (that’s a slight exaggeration, my mom always told me I was a great kid).
The funny thing about growing up in the ’80s is that most “situations” were handled inside the school–without police involvement. Today, schools have actual cops on staff, on constant patrol. And, if you have lots of people running around with hammers, it should be no surprise that they find a nail or two every now and then.
So, that’s what happened in our case for today. Several juveniles were chilling in class telling each other April Fools jokes, on, you guessed it, April Fools Day, 2019. J.A.W. v. State, 2019 Fla.App. LEXIS 16736 (Fla. 1st DCA 2019). Continue Reading