March 5, 2013 12:15PM

Child Abuse

From the Washington Examiner

In June 2011, 11‐​year‐​old Skylar Capo saved a baby woodpecker from her family’s cat. “I’ve just always loved animals,” the aspiring veterinarian told her local news station. “I couldn’t stand to watch it be eaten.”

After rescuing the bird, Capo kept it by her side in a small cage for a few days to make sure it wasn’t injured. She even took it along on a family trip to the local Lowe’s hardware store. With the hot sun beating down overhead, Capo decided to carry the cage inside the store so the tiny woodpecker wouldn’t get overheated in her car.

Little did she know, these acts of compassion violated a federal statute against the “possession” or “transport” of a migratory bird — or that a Virginia game warden would be on her family’s doorstep days later demanding payment of a $535 fine.

And today’s Washington Post reports that a seven‐​year old boy was suspended from school because he carefully created a handgun out of the poptart he was eating and then said “bang, bang” to a schoolmate. A time‐​out would have been an overreaction. A suspension?