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KiwiGirl
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Will he NEVER learn?
      #414891 - 06/18/08 08:18 AM

YSS is 15. He is in Summer School to learn how to hand in his homework and worksheets. This is the reason he failed his compulsary classes He hardly handed in any freaking work sheets or homework! So now he is in Summer School to make up the 3 classes he failed the first semester by NOT handing in work. How stupid is that?

How about THIS stupid...

My son (Mr16) bought himself a plastic airsoft rifle. He deliberately bought one that could not be mistaken in any way for a real gun. It is clear freaking plastic. The pellets are red and yellow. Did everyone read the 'clear' bit?


He was working the other evening and said YSS could use his rifle in the back yard. No problem. The other night they were out there shooting pellets at the dogs food bowl and denting it. (Mr16 had YSS/Mr15 holding the bowl and every so often we heard an 'ow!' when he got hit)

So Mr15 takes the rifle out the back. We have an open field buffer zone between us and the tiny propane business on the
main road. The grasses are now shoulder height. DH TOLD Mr15 not to go into the field. Who knows what is in there and the last thing I needed was Mr15 being bitten by a rabid rodent or sprayed by a worried skunk.

The next thing we heard was the police helicopter overhead and a police cruiser driving onto the field. DH KNEW what had happened. Yup, Mr15 had gone into the field and a semi sighted neighbour had reports a Young White Male with a gun in the open field aiming as houses.

OK, did everyone get the 'see through' bit? Did everyone get the fact that the rifle has minimal range and only dents a dog bowl at 10 yds? It doesn't even leave a bruise!

DH went out and spoke to the police. He told Mr15 to go and get the rifle to show the cop. The cop said he didn't need to see it and the call out was considered a false alarm.

Now I understand how the old guy must have been confused. However this gun is positively transparent enough for Wonder Woman to use in her invisible plane and STILL not be seen. He must have had binoculars honed in to even spot Mr15 from 5 houses away.

Nevertheless, he will do a goofball thing again and because we said no and he decides to do it anyway. He pulls things aprt and shreds paper and fiddles like you wouldn't believe. But he has a kind heart and sweetie... gotta love those ADHD kids

Oh and this is the kid who will get his learners permit when he passes Summer School courtesy of his mother. Anyone else scared yet? Police callouts complete with helicopter, loses everything that isn't permanently attached to his body. I can't wait!

But as DH says "He is not driving our cars. No way. Not until he is at least 17. And this will be on his mother's insurance." I expect the CS for the last 3.5 yrs will be paying SOME of the increased premium.

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Re: Will he NEVER learn? [Re: KiwiGirl]
      #414908 - 06/18/08 08:49 AM

I don't know if the "METH" is as bad up there, as it is here, but the propane, is used to cook the meth down here. They watch the propane places, pretty close here, because of the meth cookers. Alot of places have installed camera's, in their storage yards. Maybe the old guy, thought he was going in to steal some of it?

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Funny you should say that [Re: LeAnne]
      #414914 - 06/18/08 08:57 AM

Meth is a problem up here. However the propane business is a block away and Mr15 was like 6 ft from our back fence. Still, I appreciate your post. I had never thought of that and will keep an eye out because who knows who could access the place through the back of the property.

The old guy? Hmmm, Nebraskan... don't know if the meth thought had occurred to him. He has enough problems keeping trak of his Yard Waste bins on trash day.

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Re: Funny you should say that [Re: KiwiGirl]
      #414929 - 06/18/08 09:20 AM

We have one of those nosey neighbors next to the shop. Before we remodeled, he was complaining all the time. He drives the city Park guys nuts, he calls to tell them when they have a bulb burnt out. Calls the cops on kids in the park. He wasn't too bad, when he was still working, but he retired a few years back. Now he has nothing better to do, but to peep out his windows. He had a heart attack, probably 6 months ago, so now he cruises around on a bike, spying on everybody. He will even call me to tell me my dumpster lid is open.

I am so glad I have NO NEIGHBORS at home.

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Re: Will he NEVER learn? [Re: LeAnne]
      #414940 - 06/18/08 09:32 AM

Are you having problems with copper theft in your area? People are stealing copper like CRAZY here in my area.

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Re: Will he NEVER learn? [Re: KiwiGirl]
      #414943 - 06/18/08 09:34 AM

KG,

I hate the airsoft guns. My ex got the boys those guns and its nerve wracking, IMO. My ex damaged his eye with a BB back when he was 12. Why would you get your kids those things?

That's just me, though. I don't really take risks, period, with the boys.

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Re: Funny you should say that [Re: LeAnne]
      #414948 - 06/18/08 09:37 AM

Well if your shop ever gets broken into you'll be pretty sure to have a witness. Apparently he watches everything like a hawk.

My girlfriend has neighbours like that. When I was out there building her deck last fall he stood there and watched me the whole time making suggestions as to how I could do things better. On one hand you don't want to be rude...on the other hand you do.


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Re: Will he NEVER learn? [Re: PrincessJ]
      #414950 - 06/18/08 09:41 AM

I wouldn't say there's anything necessarily wrong with the guns themselves...if you use them as an opportunity to teach responsible use of them. I hazard to say holding the dog dish while someone else shoots at it probably doesn't fit in that category.

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Re: Will he NEVER learn? [Re: PrincessJ]
      #414960 - 06/18/08 09:55 AM

My kids have pellet guns and real guns. They are to use both in the same manner. Shooting at the dogs dish with someone holding it, well the kids would be in deep doo doo here.

The paint ball guns CAN hurt. When the kids have paint ball wars (the only guns they are allowed to shoot at other people with) they have to be "shot" 1st with the paint ball gun before they can play. The reason? You can tell anyone not to aim or shoot in the head or face but it still can happen. Once the kids KNOW that the paint ball hitting them hurts, well they are a bit more careful. The paint balls wars are typically not done in warmer weather since the kids wear layers, helmets, and eye protection.

We are a BIG on gun safety in the home. I would perfer a real gun over a bb gun anyday. Kids tend to think that bb guns are toys when it fact they can be very harmful. So the kids have to treat the bb and soft pellet guns as if they are 'real' guns.


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Re: Will he NEVER learn? [Re: PrincessJ]
      #414965 - 06/18/08 09:58 AM

Yup, they are stealing everything. They had a cop on tv, he lives somewhere down in the city, in the old part. He pulled up to his house to find people removing his copper guttering. My brother is a heavy equipment mechanic for a big company that comes in and puts all water and sewer pipes for subdivisions, and shopping malls. He said they will come in at night and shop the copper off at the concrete.

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