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August 01, 2005

Teens arrested in flag desecration

A follow-up on a story I reported last Monday.

From the Chicago Sun-Times...

Two teenage boys were charged Thursday with burning 20 small American flags set up in honor of a soldier who died from injuries suffered in the Iraq war.

Police said the boys apparently did not know the significance of the flags they took from the yard and set afire under a car belonging to the soldier's sister-in-law. The vehicle was destroyed....

The boys, ages 15 and 13, were arrested Thursday and charged with one count of arson and two counts of criminal mischief before being released to their parents.

Police did not identify the boys, but said they also were involved in other vandalism that morning.

At that age it's doubtful they'll get much punishment. While they may not be able to release the names of the kids, how about the names of the parents who raised the little monsters, huh? Kids like that don't just suddenly decide to go trash someone's car, and use flags to do it. We worry about people owning guns and treating them irresponsibly, but seem to not notice that badly-raised kids are more often than not holding those guns or knives or lighters that destroy so much.

Coverage: Mark in Mexico, Captain's Quarters, Donklephant

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 1, 2005 07:25 AM

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