Saturday

Bye Bye...

“KEEP THE CHILD SILENT OR LEAVE THE COURTROOM!” That’s what the judge is yelling as I walk into Part N, past a scattering of disheveled men sitting listlessly in the pews, heading toward the heavy steel door that leads to the pens, and to Malik.

The judge’s rage is directed at a young woman in a puffy black down jacket. She is sitting in the second row, just 10 feet shy of the door to the pens with a three year old seated primly in her lap. Just beyond the rail separating the well from the spectators, a kid is sitting handcuffed to a chair. He is waiting to be sentenced. He has a youthful tough face, and he is blowing kisses to the three-year. The child is saying “Daddy… Daddy!” The kid beams. “Take the child outside!” shouts the nearest court officer.

So much for Daddy.

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John David Galt said...

It's about time somebody said it! Parents who can't or won't shut their children up have no business bringing them into contact with the general public (at non-child-related locations). I just wish businesses were allowed to have no-kids rules, too.

What is it about parenthood that makes people so blind to the fact that they've created a public nuisance, and to their responsibility to alleviate that nuisance?