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Teens should learn a lesson

Barbara Wolitzky, Summit County

Regarding these careless teens who set the bonfire, I think they should be taken to court and charged. Then they should be required to do community service all summer.

They could pick up trash from the sides of the roads, clean out underbrush on county properties, etc. They did an unthinkable act that could have caused a major fire in our beautiful county. Also, they had beer, and were supposedly under age. And who got that for them?

I am a mother. My oldest, who is now 30, did a crazy thing in high school in Aurora. He and friends carved their high school initials in the face of the Cherry Creek earthen dam the night before graduation in 1990 – a tradition, but against the law. They were caught and went to court. He ended up doing road and trail work in the Cherry Creek Park. Appropriate. It curtailed his summer activities. He went to collage and graduated. He is now married with a very good job. We all survived, and he learned a lesson.

This was probably not as bad as what these teens did, but there has to be a punishment for breaking the law. These teens were old enough to know what they were doing and should not be coddled.


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