This is just one of those stories that are too compelling not to post. There are two things I disagree with about this whole situation..... and it's mostly about the way people including the authorities reacted to it. This is how it seems it happened. Like they said the kid missed the bus and he wanted to go to school. He probably didn't want to bother his mom who was sleeping and figured it must be easy to drive maybe partially due to driving in video games but that's not a scape goat here.
He drove a few miles and then crashed into a utility pole. Then he got out and continued walking to school. This much determination to get to school tells me he wasn't out for a joyride. I admire his tenacity in getting to school I find it hard to believe most kids can be that way most would have taken that opportunity to skip school. So here are the two things I disagree with:
A) He should be beaten (comments on the youtube video): I don't know about this. Maybe if he doesn't understand what he did and it's the only way to get through to him but that would be tragic. He may have learned his lesson already by crashing and getting a bump on his head. The latter seems likely because of his tenacity in getting to school. He could have tried to go anywhere. Plus if they beat him for that he may not want to drive a car ever again.
B) The parents being charged: I understand the states decision on this but how was the mom supposed to know he'd get the keys and attempt to drive? Do all parents have to lock away their keys in fear that their children will try to drive themselves to school? I think it's a little unreasonable for them to intervene and interfere with this situation.