This isn't the headline that the story is going under elsewhere on the Net. Elsewhere on the Net it's a story about how a brave 4-year-old helped police arrest her drug-dealing parents.
The story explains how Pretoria police, smelling dagga smoke, went to a house where they asked the parents about the smell and, upon hearing the word dagga, the 4-year-old was a helpful little angel and showed the police where it was.
Her parents have been taken away now, and the girl and her 5-year-old brother have been left in the care of their 15-year-old sister.
I don't know about you but at fifteen I was still in school, I was worried about boys and hair frizz. I was in now way even nearly responsible enough to look after two small kids. And I know that lots of people in this country do it, and I think that's terrible too. But for the police to go in to a house and create that situation?
I think they made the situation worse.
Now I know you're thinking "but the parents couldn't have been good parents, they were drug dealers."
But they were dealing dagga, and regardless of your personal view on drugs, dagga is not exactly the same as heroine or cocaine. It doesn't mean that the parents were incapable of taking care of their kids. In my view parents selling alcohol could be considered more of a hazard.
I will admit, that if the kids had been left in the care of a responsible adult in the place of their parents, I may think differently. But as things stand at the moment one has to ask... is this justice?
And the poor 4-year-old will forever have to deal with the fact that she's responsible. That's really gotta suck.