Teen shot over toilet paper prank

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toilet paperBack when I was a kid, the worst thing that could happen if you got caught toilet papering a house was a call to your parents. Times have changed and the risks of childish pranks have changed with them. On Sunday, a 14-year-old was shot while he and his buddies were draping a southwestern Michigan house with toilet paper.

The owner of the home claims he thought that someone was trying to break into his house. So, he did what any red-blooded American would do - he came out shooting. He fired three shots from his 12-gauge shotgun, striking the boy in the chest, stomach and leg.

Fortunately, the child survived and is recovering in the hospital. The homeowner wasn't arrested, but a prosecutor is considering charges against him.

Given the fact that is was one o-clock in the morning, I can see where the homeowner might be a bit startled to hear activity outside his home. But I question his instinct to shoot first and ask questions later. Considering that the boys were in his yard - not his house - wouldn't a call to 911 have been a better course of action?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.