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1/1/2014 6:03:00 AM
Teen vandals damage Kingman school's locks

KINGMAN - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested four Kingman juveniles for felony burglary and aggravated criminal damage after they broke into La Senita Elementary School on Gordon Drive Saturday.

Deputies responded to the school on Gordon Drive around 1 p.m. Saturday after getting a report of a burglary in progress. They found and detained three male teens riding bikes in the parking lot.

Deputies then contacted a school employee who said he responded to an alarm at the school and allegedly found the four youths - ages 15, 14 and two 12-year-olds - inside the cafeteria. The employee was able to detain one of them.

It was determined the juveniles broke into the school and caused approximately $2,000 in damage to locks.

The teens did not take anything from the school or break anything other than the locks, according to MCSO spokeswoman Trish Carter.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

Many, many good points written here. The main point though is parents are responsible for their child's actions up until they reach adulthood. However, if that child is a problem up until that point, then yes the parents can still be blamed (not held responsible) for how that 18 year old turned out. It's also nice to see that nobody "jumped" on the idea that a child would be more behaved if they were dragged into a church every Sunday.

Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2014
Article comment by: Justa Citizen

There you go, thinking again.
That always seems to be a problem with you. Maybe your right, you should just let the government handle things for you.

Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2014
Article comment by: THE TEA PARTY IS ON KOCH

"This is the new standard new age liberal thinking". Gee whiz Justa, with as many "conservative-tea-regressives" as there are in this County, I thought the new mantra for conservatives was "I do what I want, don't tell me what to do"! Sounds to me like a lot of the problems in this County could be layed at the doorstep of people just like you!

Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2014
Article comment by: Justa Citizen

By some people's way of thinking, if you raise your children right they will never be in trouble and that if children get in trouble it is because they weren't raised right. That is the most idiotic way of thinking I can imagine.
There are millions of criminals out there who had a proper upbringing but just didn't want to follow society's rules and millions of good upstanding citizens who did not have parents who cared a whit for them and never even tried to raise them with any kind of decency.
This is the standard new age liberal thinking of "it's somebody else's fault". By convincing people of this fallacy, it is easier to sucker them into letting the government handle everything for them. The government becomes mom and dad and the people keep voting to be taken care of.
American's need to stand up and take responsibility for themselves!!

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: Patricia Hapke

Funny how people blame the parents for everything. Do you not know about peer pressure and other outside influences? As for spanking, I was told by the police right in front of my daughter that spanking is not illegal. There is spanking and then there are beatings and people need to know the difference. There are other ways of disciplining our children without hurting them. If a child wants to do wrong though, they are going to do wrong. Some people act as if the world was perfect and children did no wrong when spanking was still acceptable. That's not true.

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: Vera Tee

Children often seem more complex than they are. It's adults who overcomplicate problems.

First, you teach them that there are behaviors which are acceptable, appreciated or intelligent.

Next, you teach them that there are behaviors that are not acceptable, are not appreciated and are considered pointless or foolish.

The first set of behaviors should yield good results. Telling the truth, for example: a child who breaks a vase will be very scared about admitting fault. Imagine how amazed a kid is who hears: "Thank you for telling the truth. Accidents happen, so stop running in the house and help pay for the broken vase by doing a few chores. Then I'll put a new vase up somewhere where it won't be so easily broken."

Much different from the child who LIES about the accident: "It wasn't ME." "Well, then..who could have done this?" Maybe the dog..?" The dog has been outside this whole time." THIS is where you teach children about CONSEQUENCES.

A lie is worse than a broken vase. You DON'T BEAT a child. You ask them if they KNOW how serious a lie is. It breaks TRUST. You ask how they'd feel if you'd broken one of their toys and blamed it on the dog. You TEACH by analogy until they offer you the truth. You NEVER let a child get away with a lie.

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

Thai Mai Shu

The decisions children make is entirely based on how they have been raised and the morals that have been instilled at home. Legally, parents are financially responsible for the actions of their minor children. I don't advocate making them morally responsible as well...but they are.

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: origional kingman resident

" these people that always point the finger at someone else when the child chooses to do the wrong thing."

Its called being responsible for supervising your child. The school district, or their insurance company didn't give birth to the child, why should they pay for the damage the children did?

Children whose parents have invested time in their children to develop their character, and instill in them interests in positive pass times don't normally find themselves being called by the police because their children have broken in to a building.

You aren't supposed to just pop them out and inflict them on society.

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: concerned parent

Growing up if my siblings as well as myself got into trouble we got a spanking on our behinds and we learned not to get in trouble or we got a good ol fashioned spanking as well as grounded as adults we have never been arrested never stoled or broke the law these days you spank your child and end up in jail. Parents its time to unite together and bring back a good ol fashioned butt spanking master then we can start raising productive members of society.

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

How did I know someone would blame a parent for their childrens choices.

Talk about someone that needs to be taught a lesson it's these people that always point the finger at someone else when the child chooses to do the wrong thing.

Kids have a mind of their own and they are, for the most part, taught to do the right thing.

Enough already of blaming the parent for the childs actions.

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Article comment by: bubba jane

When do the children start to take responsibility? If you spank or discipline your child in a way they see unfit they can call the cops and then you are in trouble for trying to teach your kids. So since we made it to where kids can behave this way and not fear repercussion we need to set an example. Parents take back your rights and ability to discipline kids the way we use to be!

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Article comment by: justanobody sr

I feel it is the parents that are at fault, for not teaching their children right and wrong.
so.... let the parents pay for the damages,and place the kids on probation, and IF their is a next time, let the parents do some jail time,
wanna bet the kids will behave then?

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