‘Boys will be boys’ — the ultimate cop-out


Boys will be boys, right?

Coastal PointFrom little caveboys riding pterodactyls around an open fire to Roman youths giving hotfeet to sandal-clad soldiers to kids today launching themselves and their skateboards over shaky makeshift ramps, it just seems to be accepted that boys will do what they’re going to do, and it’s easier to accept that fact rather than try to change their behavior. In fact, the boy who doesn’t get himself caught up in weird and dangerous situations is oftentimes the one who gets more scrutiny.

I was certainly no different in my youth. Indeed, it was the odd day when I did not come home with a fresh cut or scrape borne of some ill-conceived stunt, or that I was not concerned each time the phone rang at night that I was soon to be exposed to my parents for some shenanigan or another that was infinitely more amusing to a boy of my age and maturity level than for the adults.

I tried to keep the boys-will-be-boys mentality fresh in my mind when I was reading a story on the Huffington Post’s site the other day about a 16-year-old boy in Utah who “borrowed” his mother’s car last week. According to the story, the boy allegedly robbed two banks via their drive-through windows while in control of his mother’s sedan.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the boy was passing a note to tellers through a canister, and suggested that he was armed. Police found his mother’s car close to the second robbed bank, and the boy not far from there. They also said they found a BB gun at another location that might have been used in the robberies.

I live in a glass house. I will not throw stones. But this appears to be a little bit past the whole “boys-will-be-boys” thing, right? I started thinking back to what my mother would have done to me had I stolen her car and gone on a bank-robbing spree (is two banks a “spree?” I get confused). I started thinking about physical pain, and the chain she would have used to keep me strapped to my bedroom until my 18th birthday when my possessions and self would have been quietly escorted through the front door.

“Quietly” was probably not the most accurate choice of words there, now that I really think about it. Perhaps I should have said, “with a steady torrent of profanity that would have rivaled Tony Soprano during a bad round of golf.” Yeah, that’s probably more apropos.

Of course, let’s not kid ourselves, poor behavior by human males is not restricted to the youth.

Huffington also reported on a 39-year-old Florida man who allegedly forced his way into a hotel room occupied by two males he did not know and demanded pills. When they told him they didn’t have any pills to give him, the man reportedly tried to pull out a firearm, a struggle ensued and the man dropped his gun before fleeing the scene.

That happens. Every business finds itself in situations that pop up from time to time and, apparently, armed robbery is not immune to business hiccups.

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The story goes on to say that the man came back to the room a short while later and offered to buy his gun back from the men for $40. Another struggle ensued, the would-be robber was reportedly pepper-sprayed in the face and he was subsequently arrested.

You would think that once a person is charged and brought to court, sanity would prevail. Often, that’s the case. Often. Not always.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a Georgia judge pulled his pistol in a courtroom to make a point with an alleged sexual assault victim who was on the witness stand. When the woman was testifying, the judge reportedly pulled out his handgun, acted like he was handing it to her and said she was “killing her case.” He then reportedly said, “You might as well shoot your lawyer.”

Over the top? Absolutely. But, hey, boys will be boys.