Now that I am getting the hang of blogging, it seems like I won't be able to do it anymore. I found out that I committed a crime and now I need to turn myself in to the authorities. Apparently, if you are under the age of 16 and have consensual sex you can be charged with the offense of fornication. Even though I am now well past 16, I feel that I should be punished for this crime so I will report to the County Jail tomorrow. I found out about this seldom used law after reading about several Greenbrier High students that were allegedly involved in some sexual indiscretions.
It all started when two students/football players were charged with rape and aggravated child molestation. Later on, more teens, including the young ladies that were originally listed as victims, were charged with fornication. All told, the charges range from rape to contributing to the delinquency of minors but they all have on thing in common, they are overkill.
Teenagers have sex. It's a simple fact of life. Maybe they do it for the wrong reasons and maybe they don't totally understand the consequences, but they do it. This was a group of kids who got together and did what a lot of kids would do in that situation. I'm not saying it's right and I'm not saying it's wrong but it's what happens. With the exception of the underage drinking, this is a moral issue not a legal one.
It sounds like these kids were at a party or some type of get together. The students involved were all between the ages of 14 and 17 and presumably attended the same school. Alcohol was consumed, inhibitions were lowered and next thing you know a smaller version of the Minnesota Viking's sex party broke out (Someone should see if Fred Smoot went to Greenbrier High). This kind of stuff has been going on for years. It actually sounds like a scene from Porky's. (For all you youngsters out, this was our version of American Pie.)
These kids could have their lives ruined because they did something that most people don't think they should have done. Was what they did stupid? Probably. Was it illegal? According to some badly written laws, yes. Do they need to go to jail for it? No.
The rape charges against the three boys are quite possibly the dumbest part in all of this. Statuary rape laws are there to protect kids from old perverts. They are not in place to punish high school juniors and seniors who have sex with high school sophomores and freshman. They are not there so parents can punish boys that ruin their dream of a pure and pristine daughter.
Before I go any further let me say that if officials find out that the young ladies were raped then they should lock the boys up and throw away the key. I despise rapists and think they should be castrated and locked up with the biggest burliest man in the jail house. Forget about rehab, if you scar someone for life then you should be scarred for life. With that being saidâ€¦this situation does not appear to be rape.
Let the parents punish these kids and let them learn from their own mistakes. Stop wasting time and let these kids go back to living their lives.