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There should be punishment for teen-agers who started bonfire

Andrew Rajca

In reference to the editor’s column Tuesday, June 18: Based on the logic – or lack thereof – in your opinion column, we should get rid of the juvenile court system because teen-agers and children do not know any better and punishing them would not prevent crime or deter any others from committing criminal acts.

These teen-agers most likely weren’t ignorant of the fire ban and danger. They did exhibit extremely poor judgment and incredible stupidity. If you even looked at the headlines on the Summit Daily News over the past few weeks, you could not be ignorant of the fire danger.

As far as their decision to have a bonfire being a “conscious disregard for the safety of others,” I disagree. I believe they just didn’t give a damn about the safety of others – just having a good time.

The fact that they had gotten kegs of beer indicates that this was a planned party. Should these teen-agers be punished? Yes, absolutely, and without a doubt.

What should it be? One idea would be to use them in remediation efforts after a fire. Another would be to put them on the fire lines to help put it out. Without pay.

Andrew Rajca


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