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Lessons learned

Josh Rupnow

I just finished reading a letter written by Barbara Flitcraft regarding the bonfire set by 10 teens in the area.

Jail isn’t what those kids need. I’m 19, and yes, I’ve done my fair share of stupid things while growing up. This was obviously an impulsive attempt for them to have a good time.

I do feel for all the victims of the fire, and I’m not condoning what the kids did. It was poor judgment, but was anyone hurt? I know these kids are scared to death about what’s going to happen to them. They’ve already learned the biggest lesson possible: How will this affect me and everyone else around me?

The only lessons they’ll learn in jail you won’t want brought back to the county. Trust me. Give them the reckless endangerment charge with probation or community service and the MIP (minor in possession). Don’t ruin their lives over one mistake. We’re teen-agers. God forbid, we’re not perfect Summit County adults, yet.

I’m not taking sides. I just hope this case goes better than some have up here in the past. But, what do I know? I’m just a “beer-guzzling bonfire-happy idiot.”


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