According to the Savage Pacer’s Police calls from the Dec. 24 edition, a 13 year old girl was charged with underage tobacco possession after being caught with a lighter and cigarettes following an incident at a local junior high located on the Savage/Burnsville border.
From the article:
Dec. 14: A 13-year-old girl was cited for underage possession of tobacco while she was at Eagle Ridge Junior High. The girl allegedly pulled a lighter out of her pocket and lit it near another student’s face, threatening to burn her. The student told a teacher about the incident and school administration spoke with the girl. The girl admitted to having the lighter, and when she was asked to empty her pockets, an aluminum container with 14 cigarettes inside was found.
Do you find it surprising that a teenager who threatened to burn a another student with a lighter later found on her person was only charged with underage tobacco possession? Do you think the original claim was blown out of proportion based on the final charges? If the school decided to handle the incident in-house don’t you think the tobacco should have been the issue which was done internally and the threat of bodily harm is the one which should have garnered the charge? While we have discussed this sort of officer discretion before do you really think the right move was made here?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.