Boy Charged With Bad Behavior Will Surrender Wii

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A Canadian judge permitted the release of a 12-year-old boy on bail on the contingency that the child behaves. To get his release, the boy gave the court his Wii.

The Winnipeg Sun reports that Canadian judge Marvin Garfinkle accepted the unusual arrangement as a way to induce good behavior from a child who has repeatedly been charged and released by Canadian authorities.

The paper reports:

The boy's first run-in with the law was last February when he allegedly used a rock-filled sock to smash the door windows of his elementary school. Days later, he chased a classmate and punched him several times in the face.

Police released him on an undertaking but it wasn't long before he was in trouble again, this time for breaching a court order he not attend his school. He is accused of breaching that order at least three times.

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While the judge has deemed the boy "out of control," the child's lawyer said, "He's a 12-year-old who is generally quite scared."


Wii at risk if boy re-offends [Winnipeg Sun]

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dracosummoner
dracosummoner

... I have to ask. Why did he use a rock-filled sock to smash the door windows of his elementary school? What was going through this kid's head, and what was he trying to accomplish?

"The boy's lawyer said he's not out of control, he just repeatedly finds himself in the middle of sticky situations." What kind of 'sticky situation' even half-motivates something like what I noted above, not to mention the attacks on several of his classmates and even his teachers? The Kotaku article and the original both make it sound like the boy was never even "forced" into a fight by, say, a bully, but rather the boy started all of the fighting himself.