A convicted child-beater and self-proclaimed bloody murderer was addressed obsequiously as 'Mister' Moat, and assumed to care about the offspring he liked to thump so hard that their teachers spotted the bruises.
That is the only reason Moat was in prison at all. He could have frightened adults all his life and nothing would have happened.
Like all callous societies, we over-compensate by being extra-sentimental about children.
But even for this, he received only a pathetic nine-week jail term (fraudulently stated to be 18 weeks).
He was told (inaccurately) that 'You have a future'. When at last the police stumbled across him, he was spoken to nicely by 'negotiators', who tossed him water and sandwiches as gently as possible, in case he thought they were throwing them at him.
The higher-ed bubble doesn't exist just in the United States:
The ridiculous expansion of the universities has simply devalued degrees to the point of meaninglessness.
Promises of improved job chances turn out to mean 70 applications for every vacancy and graduates being urged to flip burgers.
The worst part of this is that all these defrauded young people are now starting their lives with a large and demoralising debt, having in effect mortgaged their futures to postpone their arrival in the dole queue by three years.