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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Three students arrested for bus vandalism in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Police arrested an 11-year-old and two 13-year-olds Monday for causing $75,000 worth of damage to 52 city school buses during spring break.

Police said the juveniles, two of them brothers, entered the fenced school property around 1:30 p.m. Thursday and broke windows, damaged surveillance equipment and sprayed fire extinguishers inside the buses.

They are charged with 52 counts each of unlawfully breaking and entering a vehicle -- a felony carrying a 10-year maximum sentence and up to $5,000 in fines if tried and convicted as adults. Because of their age, they could be handled in the juvenile system.

They were being held at the Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center pending a hearing.

The three, who are students in Tuscaloosa City Schools, told police they vandalized the buses because they were bored. [...]

I doubt they will be tried as adults, or that they should be, but it's still a sad and disturbing occurrence when three kids do this kind of damage because they said they were bored. I know kids do stupid stuff, and I did my share of mindless minor vandalism, but nothing like this. Mainly because I knew it was wrong, and I knew what would happen to me if I got caught, and I knew that "I was bored" wouldn't cut it as an excuse.

Somehow, I doubt their parents will give them what I would have gotten from mine, had I gotten caught doing the same thing.

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