It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
An 11-year-old boy was given a final warning by the police about shouting homophobic statements at a resident gay man. The authorities “thoroughly investigate any reports of hate crime – whether related to race or sexual orientation.”
I can understand the need to offer some sort of protection to gays considering the way they are treated in society, but to consider an 11-year-old hurling insults a “hate crime?” Does it really rise to that level? Is the 49-year-old “victim” really that traumatized by being shouted at by a fifth grader?
I wonder what penalty is if the boy decides to shout something else. How stupid would it be to sentence him to jail over an insult.