About eight years ago a young boy named Laterian Milton stole my heart by stealing his grandmother’s car. As you can imagine, this untrained driver didn’t do so well when he hit the streets. It wasn’t long before he had smashed into quite a few other vehicles, causing a substantial amount of damage.
Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it:
Now, I don’t want to give anyone the wrong idea. What this kid did was dangerous and could’ve gone pretty bad. But I have to tip my American flag trucker hat to him because at least he went outside. When the reporter asked him what his punishment should be, he replied that he figured not being able to play video games for a while would be appropriate.
He didn’t look to worried about that sentence.
See, little Laterian is basically the kind of kid you’d run across frequently in the 70s or early 80s. He wants to “do hoodrat stuff with his friends.” That means getting out in the world and mixing it up. Hopefully he gets tired of the hoodrat stuff, but maintains the desire to run around with his comrades in real life.
A lot of kids sit inside all day doing virtual hoodrat stuff by themselves. I think this might actually be worse. At least Laterian has some friends.