An anti-war judge barred a teenager from joining the Marines. It happened in Simi Valley, California. Shawn Sage had the backing of his foster family, his social workers and the Marines.
But Judge Marilyn Mackel, along with her baliff, are anti-war and she pulled the plug on the boy's plans.
"The judge said she didn't support the Iraq war for any reason why we're over there," said Marine recruiter Sgt. Guillermo Medrano told the Associated Press. "She just said all recruiters were the same - that they `all tap dance and tell me what I want to hear.' She said she didn't want him to fight in it."
That was last fall. The incident Shawn shaken, but not defeated. He got involved in a political campaign to change state law.
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth introduced legislation on Shawn's behalf that would allow foster teens to enlist in the military without permission from a judge. He won the right to introduce his bill by winning Smyth's "There Oughta Be a Law" contest.
Shawn turns 18 in June and when he graduates high school he will officially join the Marines.
The Starnes family is proud of our rich military heritage --- so on behalf of our family, Semper Fi, Shawn!
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