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Should Law Enforcement Get Involved in Sibling Spats?

Should Law Enforcement Get Involved in Sibling Spats?

Siblings can be best friends one minute and miniature ultimate fighters the next. While arguments can be as minor as name calling and backseat squabbles, they can also be intense with hair pulling, scratching and shoving.

Texas police recently arrested, handcuffed and charged a 10-year-old girl with a Class A misdemeanor assault for fighting with her 13-year-old sister. The playground quarrel began when the younger sister would not take instruction from her older sis. Push came to shove and an observer called the police who ultimately arrested the younger sibling for family violence. The case is currently awaiting review by the District Attorney.

Are sibling spats just part of growing up or should police intervene at some point?


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CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 8 years
i completely agree with Kimpossible. i am sure if the sister had got hurt and the police had walked away the parents would be in the media with a whole new spin on things. people are ridiculous, siblings argue and fight but long enough for police to respond. teach your kids to take responsibility for their actions.
kristyy kristyy 8 years
Breaking up the fight is one thing, but handcuffing the girl??? Maybe giving her a good scolding to scare her would've been enough, but I think she's going to be scarred from this incident.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
While I think that the police helping out by breaking up the fight might be okay, handcuffing is just insane!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I'm sure the police do have better things to do and I'm sure they thought of that too when they responded to this call as they were required to do. The law in that state mandates that the police have to arrest the aggressor. Don't get mad at the police for doing their job. I tell you I feel for the police - damned if they do and damned if they don't. Get mad at the law that tells them they have to arrest the aggressor. And seriously "they fingerprinted my baby"... please. Perhaps if you taught your children a more sensible way to air their differences rather than resorting to (extreme) physical violence you wouldn't even have to say those words. It's always somebody elses fault :oy:
Akpril Akpril 8 years
I read this story to be that it was a pretty physical fight- one that lasted long enough for someone to call the cops and for the cops to get there, and that each girl walked away with injuries. Granted if it had just been a couple of shoves, then of course no police, but it sounds like it got a little brutal. Is it really that normal for kids to fight like this? I mean, other than some light hitting or pushing?
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
That is so ridiculous! Don't the police have better things to do than charge a 10 year old??? I am not saying that people should ignore the fighting but talking to the kids would be better than arresting them...unless there was some real violence going on like stomping, kicking, punching ect.
Akpril Akpril 8 years
My siblings and I fought but it never came down to anything physical. I don't see why it makes a difference if the person is a sibling or not, that because they are related it's okay to punch and kick. If it was the neighbor kid wouldn't people want the police involved? Why should it be any different because they're siblings?
kia kia 8 years
I am torn on this. On one hand I think people get way too much into other people's kool aid when it comes to disciplining kids and fighting siblings, but on the other hand I came from an abusive family and there are some instances I would have been grateful if someone intervened. When I was in 3rd grade some cops watched my sister beat the crap out of me on the way to school. When she was done and left they brought their squad car over to see if I was o.k. and find out who beat me up. When I said my sister they did nothing but gave me a lift to school to see the nurse.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
lol, exactly. i was an only child, so it took me a bit to come to grips w/ sibling issues. but they are little kids, and if adults interfere and make it a big issue, THEN you have problems. 10 to 1 the person who reported this was a mom w/ 1 very young child who thinks she knows all about parenting and just how everyone else should do things (her way).
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
What a surprise it happened in Texas.
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