[Ed – we have received 3 submissions today regarding this same CT article, obviously a story that has got a few of our readers thinking. Rather than posting all three or just one all three can be found here, with the posters name before each of their take on the story.]
Submitted by spoonbill;
The Canberra Times today carries a story about a mother who is angry that her 17 year-old son, a recidivist offender, became a paraplegic in a car accident while being pursued by police. She is quoted as saying ‘he’d hurt people through his break and enters but never hurt anyone physically, he is not a dangerous person’.
While any life cut short in this manner is sad, I would have thought she should have a long hard look at herself and her apparent lack of parenting skills which have led to her son taking up breaking and entering in the first place. I think if she did so she would see where the blame squarely lies; and it is not with the police. Furthermore why the Canberra Times sees a need to print this drivel, albeit on a long weekend is beyond me. It is another indication that the Canberra Times is a second class rag and not worth the $1.20 price tag.
Submitted by Headbonius;
It is a pity that Nyssa is temporarily off line. I would have been interested to read her comments on this issue. Perhaps Ingee or that absolute legend Maelinar could fill in with some suitable tripe. One only has to balance the emotive comments by Ms Mann against the considered and relevant comments made by Commander Connelly to see where the truth lies.
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Whilst it is sad that Mr Miatke suffered horrible injuries, the only saving grace is that he was the master of his own destiny and no one else.
Submitted by Pandy;
The Canberra Times reports that Cherie Mann has been charged with making phone threats against several ACT police officers over the her teenage son becoming paralysed when hitting a tree on Majurra Ave on 17 December 2007, fleeing police who were trying to arrest him over the previous three months.
So let me get this straight. Police try to arrest the kid and mum does not assist them over 3 months whilst he still lives in Canberra with their duties because her son is not a violent offender?