February 13, 2006
Montgomery county, Maryland is a wealthy bedroom community outside Washington, D.C. last week; Montgomery county police arrested a 14-year-old boy – 14 – and charged him with bank robbery.
The boy, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, allegedly waited in line and then passed a note to the teller, suggesting he was armed.
Police say the teenager left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
A law enforcement source said the teen was not armed and might have been linked to the robbery after getting stained by ink from a dye pack, a common device banks attach to bundles of money to catch robbers.
Is it my imagination, or do we see younger and younger children -- and that’s what a 14-year-old still is -- committing crimes and indecencies? We hear stories about children killing children, about teachers having sex with children, about younger and younger kids smoking and taking drugs and having sex. What’s going on here? Are these symptoms of something deeper? I think they are examples of what happens to nations that forget God and seek only to please themselves.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.