The Short of It
A Utah mother has been arrested for driving her daughter and friends around town on an egging adventure.
Jennifer Terry didn't want to be a regular mom; she wanted to be a cool mom. Now the 44-year-old has been arrested and charged with causing a catastrophe—a Class A misdemeanor—for driving her teenage daughter and some friends around in her Ford Bronco so they could throw eggs at other people's homes and cars.
According to the Standard Examiner, a probable cause affidavit says Terry admitted to driving the posse of teens through the towns of Ogden, South Ogden, Riverdale and Washington Terrace while they threw eggs at 10 to 20 different homes. She said she agreed to take part in the caper "because of certain familial problems she was having and because she simply did not care."
It may sound like run-of-the-mill highjinks, but Terry is now being charged with "intentionally aid(ing) another person or people in recklessly causing widespread injury or damage to persons or property by some harmful or destructive force or substance."
Not only was Terry's decision to aid and abet the teens a crime of morality, but the harm caused by the egging was actually quite substantial, including $2,343 worth of damages to the stucco on one home and $3,000 in damages to a car ignition. There were also reports of broken screens, cracked windows and ruined furniture, according to the affidavit.
Terry was charged Oct. 22 and is scheduled to make her first court appearance today.
When my daugher was in first grade, she came home from school one day and promptly burst into tears. Apparently, some mean third-grade girl had kicked her in the shin on the bus. As I sat there, holding her in my arms and trying to stop the flow of tears, I couldn't stop thinking about how I wanted to hunt down that little bully and punch her in the face. Five minutes with the school directory and I could have totally tracked her down.
Here's the thing. I was 40; she was 9. So, I comforted my child and called it a day. Restraint is often the hardest part about being a parent. For me at least, it helps to remember that every minute we are with our children, we are teaching them lessons we may not even be aware of.
All of which just begs the question: What do you think Jennifer Terry's daughter learned from this debacle?