It shouldn’t be a surprise that we see these kind of stories in the news.
After all, when we condone assault and battery, domestic violence, and gun charges among NFL players, this type of culture and behavior will trickle down to teenagers.
A Manhattan high school student named Luis Penzo is pleading not guilty
to attacking his high school principal after he was asked
to turn down his music.
Penzo told police, “He grabbed my Beats and was very aggressive so I lost control. I hit him two times, he never hit me. I don’t have injuries.”
Before he entered his plea, he was asked to spit out his gum.
Yet for some odd reason (perhaps Goodell Syndrome) the judge gave this young “man” a slap on the wrist.
According to The New York Post, Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson must not believe in justice because she granted Penzo “youthful offender status and sentenced him to a conditional discharge–as long as he stays out of trouble for three years he’ll dodge prison and a criminal record”:
“You made us very proud,” the judge said of the surly teen’s compliance with a family therapy program.
Penzo, who sauntered into Manhattan Supreme Court Friday wearing a white T-shirt and red gym shorts, offered no apology for the October 2016 beatdown of Principal Matthew Tossman.
He previously admitted to the attack on Tossman of the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising […]
When the principal asked him to turn down his music, Penzo dropped the headphones on the floor and left the music booming, prosecutors said.
Tossman reached for the device and Penzo pounced on him, leaving the educator with two black eyes and a laceration that needed seven stitches.
Two black eyes and stitches.
For telling a young “man” to turn his music down — to abide by the rules.
To have some respect for someone, something, outside of yourself.
But Penzo is a child, like many of the other individuals we have seen in society lately who do not believe the rules apply to them or simply do not care.
Penzo’s lawyer declined to comment after the ruling on Friday, but had previously stated that “Penzo’s mother had recently died from a brain aneurysm and he was acting out.”
So, because someone close to you passes, that means you can violently attack anyone in society.
I guess violence has become such a regular part of society — in entertainment, athletics, and culture — that we don’t think twice when a principal gets slugged in the hallway, a fiancee is knocked out in an elevator, or club patrons are shot because some linebacker wanted to show off their gun.
This type of violence will certainly increase exponentially if judges like Edwina Richardson-Mendelson and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wave their magic wands of clemency, forgiveness, and ignorance.
Do you see a link between a sanctioning of NFL violence and cases like Penzo’s?
Is this, sadly, now just a part of life? That some get away with breaking the rules? Let us know what you think in the comments.