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1-03-2009 @ 5:02AM
Charging someone for misdemeanor on something like this essentially means that the public can't handle it emotionally. What this shows is that the US has become such a nation of carebear pussies, that a suicide "threat" from a stranger is too much. Seriously, if suicide was an actual threat, you could use it as an interrogation technique. Just imagine Jack Bauer threatning to off himself infront of a terrorist.Be it a real suicide risk or not, a violent response(police) is never justified. Treatment is good but it has to be voluntary. Or in the case of a minor, a parental decision.Did the GM do the right thing? Absolutely not. But I do believe he did his job.
1-05-2009 @ 12:35PM
The police was exactly the right response. The point is not to humiliate the kid, or to harm him, and it isn't a violent response. The point is to have someone who is trained to handle the situation get into a position to stop the suicide before it happens. A person intent on committing suicide can be very violent and dangerous. Suicidal thoughts are generally a symptom of depression, which can be treated. However, if someone actually commits suicide they can no longer be helped. That is the point of a police response.
1-07-2009 @ 3:24AM
No, wrong analogy. It's Jack Bauer threatening to get a million dollars or he'll swallow a bomb and blow himself up in front of a bank.Who cares about Jack or Joe or whatever, but the bank's reputation will certainly drop quite a lot if a person is blown to smithereens in front of it. Oh, and P.S., it's not that I hate you, Jack. I love your series.
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