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It was Arthur "Boo" Radley's father who decided to imprison his son within the walls of the Radley house following the boy's initial brush with the law in To Kill a Mockingbird. While the other boys arrested with Boo were sent to the state industrial school, Mr. Radley refused to allow his son to accept what he considered a disgraceful punishment. After Boo stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors, Boo was held in the courthouse basement for a short while, since the sheriff refused to put him in jail "alongside Negroes." After his release from the courthouse basement, Boo was again confined to the Radley house, from where he only emerged at night.
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