Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Don't beat me!
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - A seven-year-old Charlotte, NC boy was at the center of a courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.
The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.
After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.
After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Carolina Panthers, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.
(This is in no way intended to make light of child abuse are any other form of abuse, but rather to highlight how poor the Panthers are of a football team.)
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Thanks DJ JD for this forward. I am totally disgusted with my Panthers. I'm beginning to wonder why they even play... the Panthers should just hand the ball over to the other team and stick their heads in their asses while the opposing team scores and scores. I know we have injuries coming on...and Steve Smith can almost carry the whole team. But still...there has to be some great players in their mist... so why don't they show up for games?