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Ten-year-old pulls knife on police officers

DDP/The Local · 7 Apr 2010, 14:19

Published: 07 Apr 2010 14:19 GMT+02:00

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Two officers arrived at a section of train tracks in the area after an emergency call alerted local law enforcement that two young boys were playing near the rails early in the morning.

The railway was forced to halt trains scheduled in the heavily trafficked Baden-Württemberg town due to the boys’ shenanigans, police spokesperson Thomas Gerbert said in a statement.

When they saw the police cruiser, they fled into nearby vineyard, where they were pursued by the two officers, who found them shortly thereafter.

“One of the two boys reacted uncooperatively to the blue uniform of the federal police,” Gerbert said. “He ignored the lecture about the dangers of railway tracks, and instead pulled a knife.”

Officers subdued the boy and confiscated his weapon - a folding knife that can be opened with one hand known as an Einhandmesser in German - then paid a visit to his parents’ home.

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Since April 1, 2008 it has been illegal to carry such knives with blades bigger than 12-centimetres in Germany and doing so can cause fines as high as €10,000.

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15:14 April 7, 2010 by Joshontour
Where is dbert to say that this is somehow the U.S.' fault?
15:56 April 7, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
At least it's civil enough that we just take the damned things away and have a talk with the parents, instead of putting them in jail, which is in effect, a school for becoming a better criminal.
16:08 April 7, 2010 by William Thirteen
glad to see the young man is defending himself against intimidation by the oppressor state! of course, he's obviously not the brightest bulb in the house if he thought he could take both of them at the same time. he should have bided his time until his strike might awaken the revolutionary fervor of the masses! ten year olds of the world unite! you have nothing lose but your curfews!
17:13 April 7, 2010 by Beynch
In that this cultural phenomenon eminates from the Hip-Hop culture, this is indeed something we can point fingers at the US! Much of our societals ills in Europe, unfortunately, have their origins in the US. Think graffiti, sagging pants, stringless sneakers, MacDonalds, amongst other offensive things. As an american I'm appalled that Europe sometimes adopts the worst we have to offer. Think of all the good things that came from the US; internet, Country&Western, SUVs, chewing gum, Coca Cola, and television commercials to mention a few. Ban Hip Hop now!
19:48 April 7, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"Think of all the good things that came from the US; internet, Country&Western, SUVs, chewing gum, Coca Cola, and television commercials..."

Okay, so where are the good things in your list?
20:19 April 7, 2010 by tdm3624
This makes headlines in Germany? Shouldn't the story be about why those young people were playing on the train tracks in the first place? Why weren't they in school? Where were their parents? Did they have a history of hooliganism?
21:31 April 7, 2010 by dbert4
@tdm3624 - Well think about, Easter/Spring Break.......that is why.

@Joshontour - American popular culture is a blight upon the earth, should be banned.
21:40 April 7, 2010 by Beynch
@Prufrock2010: So, how about; the elctric trolleycar, Ronald Reagan, the Atom Bomb, Brylcreme, Air conditioners, Chevrolet, 12 lane freeways, radio, cowboys, the skyscraper, Rock'n Roll, artificial flowers, moonlandings, ice cream, Madonna, Smith & Wesson, airplanes, color TV, GPS, apple pie and nail polish.
21:48 April 7, 2010 by So36
I can't decide if Beynch is engaging in sublime satire or he really thinks artificial flowers and the atom bomb are great gifts to the world.
21:58 April 7, 2010 by wxman
I suggest that if there are aspects of US culture that you find offensive, then you should not import them. There, that was easy.
22:38 April 7, 2010 by whatzup
There you go wxman, right to the point. The problem is they can't help themselves but they like to complain anyway. ;-)
09:15 April 8, 2010 by Bensonradar
OK, so fine the parents a percentage.

Euro10,000 would be too much, but a token amount would make the parents deal with their kid and instill some discipline and understanding of how to behave properly in the community and respect their fellow citizens.

These two criminal youths committed a crime and halted train traffic on the Baden-Württemberg town. The police need to make these two boys stand up in court before a judge, and be dealt with.
10:25 April 8, 2010 by dbert4
@I like Pie - "Most kids who know how to use a gun have been shown by their parents and are the least likely to pull it on someone."

Really? I would say that those "gun parents" are idiots themselves rather than roll models.

For example, from todays news from that center of disfunction otherwise know as the USA.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A woman who called 911 after a fatal shooting at an Easter party told a police dispatcher she had shot a relative after she retrieved a gun to prove a point and it went off.

The woman told the dispatcher that she shot her niece, apparently referring to a 19-year-old woman killed during a fight that police say started over a skimpy Easter outfit - jean shorts and a green T-shirt tied up around her midriff.

"I didn't mean to do it," the woman said. "We was arguing, I tried to get my gun to prove a point, they got the rifle with me, and it went off."

Gun people are ALL Friggin retards, I rest my case!
18:56 April 8, 2010 by Jasmine33
I am an American and reside there and think that yes, there are bad things that go on in America, but we are not responsible for all the ills that go on in the rest of the world. It's very convenient for another country to point the finger at America and say "it's their fault", therefore taking no responsibility for control over your own citizens. Germany has hip-hop also that did not originate in America. Crime is going on all over the world, it's the human race spiraling out of control. About this ten-year-old, where are his parents? Where is the education and discipline that they are supposed to be teaching this boy? So some of you think America should be banned, or even eliminated from the world? What about the food we supply, the medicine, the protection from terrorists, etc., the good things we do. Are you going to do these things for the rest of the world, Germany? Take a good look at your own country, then try to keep on blaming America.
00:41 April 9, 2010 by whatzup
"Crime is going on all over the world" is about the size of it. And its progressively getting worse which is no surprise. No one believes much in authority anymore so the law of entropy is given free reign. Why shouldn't a 10 year old pull a knife on a cop? He's merely a member of the avant garde, a slight bit ahead of the curve.
22:15 April 9, 2010 by ColoSlim
Standing up to the man. I guess his father was raised near Waco, TX.
06:58 April 10, 2010 by Midnightpromises
Sounds like one of the kids that should have been dropped off in a baby hatch, another twisted American cultural custom
00:07 April 13, 2010 by Joshontour
@dbert The better solution would be to ban idiocy... don't you think?

@Jasmine Your words fall on deaf ears. example, I had to spend a week in a hospital in Stuttgart, my room was on the 4th floor, when I went back to Schwäbisch Gmünd and mentioned to somebody how polluted and smoggy the air in Stuttgart was they said "That's because the pollution comes over the Ocean from America." enough said
04:44 April 14, 2010 by Jasmine33
Joshontour: Oh, I see, well thanks for your reply and insight about the deaf ears. Well, all I can say to that is . . . . . . . . . .what's inbetween? RBTL (my own made up abbreviation), and you'll know what I mean.
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