Ethan Crouch walked out of jail a free teenager after killing four people while drunk. Most people are appalled by the fact he received ten years probation instead of going to prison. However, since he was charged as a juvenile, Ethan could have spent as little as two years behind bars. Now, if he breaks probation, he could spend up to ten years.
Shall we place bets as to how long it will be before he breaks his probation. The kid had an arrogant smirk on his face leaving the courtroom. There was no remorse for killing four innocent people. I’m sure he sees himself as being more important because his father had more money than they did.
Ethan’s father, I’m sure, took the defense attorneys out for dinner and drinks afterward. I wonder if he’ll still like attorneys once the personal injury lawyers get done with him. These family members aren’t going to settle for small snippets of this man’s money. They know want him to suffer as much as they have. They won’t settle for anything less than everything he owns.
This is the problem with spoiling your children. You suffer, they suffer, and others suffer. Proverbs 22:6 reads, Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. We are to raise our children to be responsible for their actions, not to make excuses to get out of punishment.
The legal system would have worked better if they’d put Ethan in jail for two years, then made him go to high schools teaching other kids about the ramifications of drunk driving. The state attorney should also have gone after the person who gave this kid the alcohol. After all, Ethan was three times the legal limit while driving. There’s no way anyone, much less a sixteen year- old, could have known what he was doing driving that drunk.
In the long run, I think this judge and the defense attorneys did a disservice to Ethan. Sure he’s sitting in a posh rehab center, but in the long run, he will commit another crime. He doesn’t care about the law or anyone but himself. It’s inevitable.
And when this kid ends up back before a judge next time, I don’t think he’ll get someone who’ll slap him on the wrist. There’s been too much publicity in this case for that. What do I see in Ethan’s future? Suicide. This spoiled kid will find out there is not enough money to save him from the hell of a jail cell with two other men who like nothing more than to make a spoiled wimpy rich kid pay for all the troubles in their lives.
We need to hold our children just as accountable as our adults when they do something wrong, or they will never learn there is consequences for their actions. That includes the rich just as much as the poor. Too bad Ethan Crouch has yet to learn that lesson.