A Six Year Old Black Boy Was Arrested For Picking Tulip From Someone's Yard

Posted by in News On 3rd April 2021
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A six-year-old black boy was waiting at the bus stop for the school bus when he picked a tulip from someone's yard. He was then charged with 'injury to property' and brought in front of a judge to be tried.

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A recent court case in North Carolina has angered people after it was revealed that a six-year-old was charged with ‘injury to real property’ after picking a tulip from a person’s garden.

 

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The six-year-old black boy had been waiting at the school’s bus stop when he picked the tulip from someone’s yard.

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The story was revealed in an opinion piece by Virginia Bridges who revealed, “The 6-year-old dangled his legs above the floor as he sat at the table with his defense attorney, before a North Carolina judge,” 

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“He was accused of picking a tulip from a yard at his bus stop, his attorney Julie Boyer said, and he was on trial in juvenile court for injury to real property.”

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The judge then immediately dismissed the case but people are angered by the incident. Their main criticism was that the charge would remain on file and that the mental impact of the situation would remain with the child for the rest of their life.

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According to the District Attorney for Durham County, “A 6-year-old cannot comprehend what is taking place in court, but probably will never forget being labeled a delinquent,”

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North Carolina, at this moment, has the lowest age of indictment, which is six years old. This means children that young can appear in Juvenile court and be put through the criminal justice system.

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“Should a child that believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy be making life-altering decisions?”

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There are also racial aspects to these laws that have caused further outcry with white children more likely to have been turned over to parents.

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The case has angered many, especially considering the many steps that must have been taken in due process for it to have ultimately reached the judge's desk.

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People also called out the person who called the cops in the first place, saying they are the one’s that should have been arrested.

 

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