Is this a case of political correctness gone crazy, or were four kids truly traumatized?
(The following excerpt from Man Who Caught Boys Trashing Home He Was Renovating Now Faces Jail For Halting Destructive Rampage by Philip Caulfield was originally posted on nydailynews.com on June 17, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
An upstate New York man is facing jail time after he caught a group of vandals destroying a home he was renovating and then locked them in a closet until police arrived.
Jesse Daniels, 53, of Clyde, caught the four boys trashing the house next to his home on Orchard Street after he heard banging noises at around 9 p.m. Saturday,the Times of Wayne County Newspaper reported.
The house was empty and Daniels had spent years renovating it for his father-in-law, Richard Muoio, he told the newspaper.
Upon entering, he found four boys, ages 8 and 10, smashing walls, windows and fixtures with hammers.
Dirty words for women were also spray painted on the walls.
“One person was sitting on the floor and the other ones were swinging, just swinging crazy. So I grab the one hammer and the other three (boys) got hammers … I said you guys put that stuff down, what are you doing?” he said. “I was fortunate that they were in that room that had a closet, so I put them in the closet.”
Police arrived and the boys were arrested. They’ve been charged with burglary and criminal mischief, according to local reports.
But now the boys’ parents say Daniels threatened their sons, shoved them and even grabbed one of them by the throat.
Paul Bowler, father to two of the little goons, showed WHAM a photo of red marks on his son’s neck.
“They’re traumatized, they haven’t been to school they don’t sleep until the sun comes up,” Bowler told the station.