Restitution sought for broken Augusta school windows

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 4:06 PM
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Richmond County school officials said today they are seeking restitution after a Christmas break incident in which a boy and girl were charged with smashing 158 windows at Copeland Elementary School.

"The case will go to Juvenile Court and we have requested restitution," school system spokesman Louis Svehla responded in an e-mail. "Juvenile Court can order restitution when their case is adjudicated or have the option to not award restitution."

School officials said Tuesday the cost of the damage was $24,000 - about $8,000 more than had been previously estimated. The expense rose when asbestos was found in putty holding the windows in place, and an environmental specialist had to be called in.

Svehla also confirmed that the 9-year-old boy charged in the case was a student of Copeland Elementary. He said the 13-year-old girl was a Langford Middle pupil but had been sent to the alternative school after fighting with a school system officer.

School officials have said any restitution would have to come from the parents of the two arrested.

The girl was charged with criminal damage to property in the second degree, a felony. The boy was charged as an unruly child due to his age.

Firefighters were the first to see the broken windows after receiving an alarm call Dec. 24, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. At the school, the girl and boy, who were carrying metal poles later determined to be table legs, were questioned by a deputy. They denied breaking the windows and said they saw two other people with baseball bats do the damage.

Police decided to charge the two after questioning them.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/03/10 - 05:24 pm
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Hip, hip. I won't hold my

Hip, hip. I won't hold my breath.

A felon at the age of 13. Wow. Her parents must be so proud.

RAWR
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RAWR 02/03/10 - 05:26 pm
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Make their parents pay, and

Make their parents pay, and make them do community services!

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 02/03/10 - 05:44 pm
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Why would firefighters

Why would firefighters receive the alarm? Windows were broken but there was no smoke or fire......

corgimom
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corgimom 02/03/10 - 06:00 pm
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The alarm is set to detect

The alarm is set to detect window breaks- because in a fire, it makes the windows explode. That's one of the first signs of a fire.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/03/10 - 06:08 pm
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You will never receive the

You will never receive the money from the parents or the children, so restitution is history. Of the estimated $24,000 for the repair, about $5000 would be for the material and the rest labor and profit. The judge should order a contractor the money from Richmond county to pay for the materials and then have the 2 children and parents of both to do the labor under supervision by the contractor. Free labor = Approx $19,000 saved from the Richmond county tax payers and a leason learned for all.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 02/03/10 - 06:19 pm
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Do the parents have jobs?

Do the parents have jobs?

Roeschen
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Roeschen 02/03/10 - 06:19 pm
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CobaltGeorge - I agree, both

CobaltGeorge - I agree, both the parents and children should have to do the work. However, I think that it might have more meaning if the children and their parents should also have to work off the cost of the repairs. Most schools require cleaning - bathrooms need cleaning, walls washing, floors scrubbed. The parents and the children should be required to do this after school, during holidays, during the summer months, until the amount is worked off. Why should the taxpayers have to pay any more for repairs when the criminals are known?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/03/10 - 06:45 pm
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Restitution or let them

Restitution or let them repair the damage and get credit at minimum wage for each hour they spend doing so!

onecatfish
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onecatfish 02/03/10 - 07:26 pm
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For purposes of ensuring
Unpublished

For purposes of ensuring compliance with the order, the juvenile courts are
authorized to retain jurisdiction over a juvenile subject to a restitution order for a
reasonable period after the juvenile reaches the age of majority. The parents dont have to pay.

jack
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jack 02/03/10 - 07:53 pm
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If the parents don't pay,

If the parents don't pay, garnish their wages (assuming they have jobs). The girl should never be allowed back in public schools other than alternative school. If she can't handl alternative school, give her to YDC, Both should do community supervised service. Cleaning the schools they attend sounds good to me.

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Jake 02/03/10 - 07:57 pm
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I don't think requiring the

I don't think requiring the parents and kids to do the labor is wise. First, you have to have a contractor supervise and instruct them on how to replace glass and caulk it in. He or she could be libel if something goes wrong. Good Luck with that. Second, if any of them should cut themselves on the glass and require either a hospital visit or end up with a permanent disability like a severed tendon or amputation, then Richmond County is going to be way more in the hole than $24 grand. Let them work out an agreement consisting of monthly payments and "sweat" equity in labor but make sure the labor is in the realm of menial tasks that do not require skill or handling of items that could cause a potential law suit.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/03/10 - 08:07 pm
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Wonder what time the little

Wonder what time the little unsupervised punks did this, all the papers say is night. Better yet, wonder where they learned to be such little punks from. Sounds like the girl would do better in a boot camp.

Jake
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Jake 02/03/10 - 08:15 pm
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How true TAS, and I know just

How true TAS, and I know just where to apply the boot.

J.W.
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J.W. 02/03/10 - 08:58 pm
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I'm sure JUSTUS has the

I'm sure JUSTUS has the answer.....calling JUSTUS, where are you?

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 02/03/10 - 09:04 pm
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Guess restitution will come

Guess restitution will come from that 'entitlement" check!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/03/10 - 09:07 pm
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lol you are quite right jake,

lol you are quite right jake, had she gotten that sooner maybe she wouldnt be so bad. Propbably won't work now, especially depending on her environment, may need the real boot camp!

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 02/03/10 - 09:17 pm
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Didn't they close all the

Didn't they close all the boot camps--to strict???

disssman
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disssman 02/03/10 - 09:19 pm
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I wonder if a 9 year old boy

I wonder if a 9 year old boy and a 13 year old girl were taken from the parents and given to someone who was loving, caring and honest with them, would they be better off? I am sorry but my old caucasian rear end isn't ready to write them off the books. By now it would be a job turning them around but I am sure it could be done. Further, what ever it costs I just don't think these kids knew they were doing something that was seriously wrong. I am sure they were only reacting in the way they have been raised from the time they were infants and that was to not respect anything or anyone.

my.voice
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my.voice 02/03/10 - 10:05 pm
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How about we break the

How about we break the windows out of their house?

eachoneteachone
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eachoneteachone 02/03/10 - 10:40 pm
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Their parents should be make

Their parents should be make to pay....

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 02/03/10 - 10:57 pm
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Seeking restitution is a

Seeking restitution is a great idea, not only punitively but also as a deterent for other kids and their parents. If the parents know that they will be forced to pay for the crimes of their children, the boot may be applied before boot camp is necessary.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 02/03/10 - 11:01 pm
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dissman, if these kids did

dissman, if these kids did not know they were doing something seriously wrong then society is in worse shape than I thought! Of course they knew they were doing something wrong !!! All should be held accountable (children and parents) and have to pay for replacement for as long as it takes. If they have to pay for the next umpteen years so be it. These children need to learn the meaning consequences NOW, not later and the parents need to be reminded.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/03/10 - 11:28 pm
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If these kids didn't know

If these kids didn't know they were doing something seriously wrong, then why did they blame it on guys with baseball bats?

Making the parents do some serious suffering, as the ones responsible for these delinquents, would go a long way toward making parents more alert to their kids' behavior. If we want change, the parents must be motivated to control and train their kids. Suffering for their bad behavior is very good motivation.

kat30815
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kat30815 02/04/10 - 02:26 am
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Why not skip the restitution,

Why not skip the restitution, afterall they did find dangerous asbestos and cleaned it up. Or let the parents pay restitution, however allow open season on lawsuits from the parents of the children who attend that school, since their children were exposed to a facility containing asbestos. In an elementary school, no telling how many children have licked that window putty and will develop cancer from it later in life.

NEone
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NEone 02/04/10 - 06:49 am
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Kat: The asbestos wasn't a

Kat: The asbestos wasn't a problem until the window seals were broken and it was exposed. And for those who want the parents to repair the window damage, haven't they already been repaired? You are asking them to complete an already completed task.

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 02/04/10 - 09:23 am
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Diss, "didn't know it was

Diss, "didn't know it was wrong" after reviewing your comment, you agree it was a stupid remark, right?

bettyboop
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bettyboop 02/04/10 - 11:03 am
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We all know that no money

We all know that no money will be coming from these Parents..so a suit for such would be a waste of time..however criminal charges againest the kid and their parents could result in all of them performing community service ..those kids could certainly pick up a lot of trash and could also mop a lot of school floors...clean up cafeteria's after lunch..the parents would be responsible for the supervision of each task and must spend the entire time with the child.... at the end of the day authorities would decide if the task was properly done ..if not repeat it.....

flipa
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flipa 02/04/10 - 01:30 pm
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The kids & the parents are

The kids & the parents are preached to nonstop that they evolved from animals so NATURALLY they act like it. No surprise there.
Below are PROOFS of a Young Earth. These facts have been hidden & deleted from modern education, science & even history just like Climate-Gate. Even evolutionists agree, one Young Earth Proof completely negates long ages. Fact is the Earth has already been proven young by written history only going back about 4-5,000 years, with pre-flood lore bringing the KNOWN age of the earth to around 6,-10,000 yrs old. A world wide flood created water sifted geologic direct observation layers as proven by "fossil" tree trunks extending up through many geological stratum. Entire "fossil forests" have been discovered going up through debunked "millions of years" yet never rotted ...
Trees going up several strata of solid flood hardened super rock. This PROVED most rock came from a world wide flood. No one has ever proven Earth is even a million yrs old. All the proof indicates that Earth is too young to allow the long age’s evolution says is required for their theory to work.
1. The Sun is shrinking at the rate of 5 ft/hr. The Earth is 93 million miles away from the Sun. Only 20 million years ago, the Sun would have been so large that it would touch the surface of the Earth. Further, if the Sun had the mass, evolution dictates the gravity pull would be much greater and the Earth would have been sucked into the Sun long before 20 million years had passed. This indicates the earth must be far younger than even a million years or so, which completely negates the billions of years needed for evolution.
2. The sun has been increasing in temperature for the last 100 years. This increase is well documented and proven by direct observation to cause the Poles of Mars to melt so fast they are eroding huge gulleys. Increases in temperateure of the sun instead of decreases in the suns temperature indicate more a young sun than an ancient one.
3. Short-period comets, like Haley’s Comet in our solar system, whose life expectancy is only 10,000 years, would have exfoliated their icy mass which forms their enormous tails of ice years ago if they were older. But they are STILL dusting the heavens with miles of long icy trails. astronomer Harold Slusher has stated:
The failure to find a mechanism to resupply comets or to form new comets would seem to lead to the conclusion that the age of the comets and hence the solar system is quite young, on the order of just several thousand years at most. . . . The obvious is that the solar system has been operating on a short time scale since its creation.
4. Absence of fossilized meteorites in different layers of strata on Earth proves that the soil layers were laid down catastrophically not over long periods of time. According to evolution, different layers of strata were exposed for billions and billions of years, but only the top layers of the Earth have meteorites in abundance.
5. The Moon is receding from the Earth every year. If the Earth & moon were billions of years old, the Moon have already drifted out into space. According to the inverse square law, the moons distance from the earth only 30,000 years ago would have caused the tides to have been so strong that everything would have died in tsunamis twice a day due to the moons gravitation pull which is why we have the tides.
6. Poynting-Robertson Effect
Dust particles larger than about one 100,000th of a centimeter in diameter form a large disk-shaped cloud that orbits the Sun between the orbits of Venus and the asteroid belt. This cloud produces zodiacal light.a Forces acting on these particles should spiral most of them into the Sun in less than 10,000 years. (This is called the Poynting-Robertson effect.) Known forces and sources of replenishment cannot maintain this cloud, so the solar system is probably less than 10,000 years old.
This is how the Poynting-Robertson effect works: Rain falling on a speeding car tends to strike the front of the car and slow it down slightly. Likewise, the Sun’s rays that strike particles orbiting the Sun tend to slow them down, causing them to spiral into the Sun. Thus, the Sun’s radiation and gravity act as a giant vacuum cleaner that pulls in about 100,000 tons of nearby micrometeoroids per day. Disintegrating comets and asteroids add dust at less than half the rate at which it is being destroyed.b
A disintegrating comet becomes a cluster of particles called a meteor stream. The Poynting-Robertson effect causes smaller particles in a meteor stream to spiral into the Sun more rapidly than larger particles. After about 10,000 years, these orbits should be visibly segregated by particle size. Because this segregation is generally not seen, meteor streams are probably a recent phenomenon.c
Huge quantities of microscopic dust particles also have been discovered around some stars.d Yet, according to the theory of stellar evolution, those stars are many millions of years old, so that dust should have been removed by stellar wind and the Poynting-Robertson effect. Until some process is discovered that continually resupplies vast amounts of dust, one should consider whether the “millions of years” are imaginary.
How often do you have to dust?
7. The Universe could not be more than 10,000 years old, because the rate of star cluster expansion. The Orion Stars would be much father away if the universe were even close to1 million years old The present positions of all the stars exhibit 6,-7000 years of travel
8. Saturn's rings are constantly moving away from Saturn, exhibiting they are possibly less than 6,000 years old. If Saturn were even a million years old, the rings would have already drifted off into space.
9. Jupiter, Saturn, and its little moon "I-O" are cooling off very rapidly, but they are still very hot. If even a million years had passed, since their formation they should have already cooled. They exhibit 6,-7,000 years of cooling.
10. The Earth's magnetic field is decreasing. This magnetic field can't be more than 10,000 years old; there is no way to reverse it.
11. Look at the amount of lava and volcanoes on Earth. The Volume of lava ÷ Rate of lava coming out of the volcanoes = Amount of years. If the Earth were even a million years old, there would be much more lava on the surface of the planet. The amount that is here exhibits a 6,-7,000 year old planet.
12. Look at the amount of minerals in the sea. The amount of minerals in the sea ÷ Influx of minerals into the sea = Amount of years. This shows only a few thousand years.
13. Look at the formation rate of Helium in the Atmosphere. This shows the Earth could be at the most 0.2 million years .
14. The Erosion Rate of the continents is so that the Earth would have eroded to sea level in 14 million years.
15. The top soil formation on Earth is formed at a steady rate which shows only a few thousand years.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 02/04/10 - 01:18 pm
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And what does that have to do

And what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

livinginthebuckle
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livinginthebuckle 02/04/10 - 01:30 pm
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Coldbeer, apparently any

Coldbeer, apparently any excuse to proselytize.

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