As a father, I’m completely on board with setting boundaries for kids, especially when it comes to TV/electronic screen time. You have to get the kids outside or reading a book. They’ll have plenty of time to sit indoors staring at a glowing screen as an adult, and good habits start early. Unfortunately, Jennifer S. Ullrey took the concept of ‘tough love’ a little too far . . .
An Algonquin woman told authorities she was upset with what her children were watching and how much TV they consumed when she allegedly shot the TV set, Algonquin (IL) police said. …
Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Andrew Doles said the children – ages 15, 11, and 6 – were watching a music video by the rock band Primus when Ullery entered the room and fired “multiple rounds” at the TV. Doles said the children were in front of the TV on the couch when Ullery allegedly fired a Ruger .22 long rifle [sic] at the TV. It’s unclear how many shots were fired.
The fact that it was a Primus video that had the kids enthralled will almost certainly be used as a mitigating circumstance by Ms. Ullrey’s attorneys. Fortunately, none of the Ullrey offspring were injured when mom went all Elvis Presley on the TV. She’s been charged with discharge of a firearm, a felony, and an assortment of misdemeanors.
Ms. Ullrey, next time, take a time out, breathe a little, and get control of yourself before you try to discipline kiddies. If you still have custody, that is. In the mean time we’ll be sending you an IGOTD trophy so the rug rats have something at which to direct their blank slack-jawed stares while the TV is in the shop.