Augusta Prep vandals sentenced

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Three boys arrested in the June vandalism of Augusta Preparatory Day School were sentenced today in Columbia County Juvenile Court.



The boys, a Martinez 12-year-old, a Waynesboro 13-year-old and a Hephzibah 14-year-old, were charged with burglary.

During the disposition hearing, Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan sentenced the 12-year-old and 14-year-old to 30 days confinement in the Regional Youth Detention Center. Their sentence also included 18 months probation and 40 hours community service.

The 13-year-old received a 10-day sentence at the youth detention center.

“This is not the way to start off your life,” Flanagan told the boys.

Police say that the juveniles likely entered the middle school building of Augusta Prep by using an unlatched door.

Damage to the school on Flowing Wells Road in Martinez was caused after fire extinguishers were dispersed in the building’s hallways and classrooms, including a technology lab classroom and computers.

The vandals also tossed red paint on a flag in a classroom, ransacked and threw eggs inside a teachers’ lounge, and ate candy, chips and other junk food throughout the building.

The three boys admitted guilt, but were apologetic during the hearing.

“I’m very sorry for damaging your school,” the 12-year-old said. “This’ll be the last time I’m in court.”

The boys said they were spending the night at a friend’s house in Martinez the night the incident took place and were told to leave by the friend’s mother at about 10 p.m.

“I have concerns when any adult puts kids out at 10 o’clock at night,” Flanagan said.

They decided to go inside Augusta Prep and later returned to the 12-year-old’s Martinez home at about 5:30 a.m.

The 13-year-old said he observed the vandalism but didn’t cause any damage to the school.

Augusta Prep Chief Financial Officer Rebecca Blair told the court that the vandalism incident resulted in $82,000 in damages and cleanup costs. The school is fully covered by insurance, but had to pay a $2,500 deductible, she said.

“I anticipate a significant impact to our premium, and this was no cause of our own,” she said.

Flanangan ordered each boy to pay $1,500 in restitution to the school.

“I think you gentleman learned a valuable lesson,” Flanagan said. “You caused substantial damage.”

Before Flanagan sentenced the boys, he spoke to their parents about better supervision.

“You let your children down,” he said.

 

Reach Jenna Martin at (706) 868-1222, ext. 109, or

jenna.martin@augustachronicle.com.

 

 

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Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 07/23/10 - 12:27 pm
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Hephzibah and Waynesboro...

Hephzibah and Waynesboro... that figures! Dont parents speak to each other? Someone should have known where these kids were at night! Parents are way too lax these days! I would have made them pay the full restitution, insurance should ONLY be used when you CANNOT find the perpetuators. The insurance should go after the kids parents! They need to teach these brats how to behave inside and outside the home. They should make them clean up MESSES others make, see how they like it. Their sentence was a slap on their hands! TOO LIGHT of Punishment, judge!

Junket831
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Junket831 07/23/10 - 12:16 pm
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If these were first time

If these were first time offenders it would seem the length of time in YDC is too lengthy. They should still stay at YDC to get a taste. But I think there is far more value in having them spend tons of time on the community service. Start in increments of 1,000 hours. The bulk of time could be spent in service of Augusta Prep. The parents should also be punished for the behavior of their children. This should be in the form of both payment to the insurance company AND Augusta Prep, but also in the form of lengthy community service. Kids don't fear authority any more and that squarely falls on the parents.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/23/10 - 12:21 pm
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The insurance company should

The insurance company should fight this. No way should they have to pay for the damage.

The parents of these deviants should be the ones who pay. Direct debit out of their paycheck each week.

Unbelievable. No wonder insurance is so high!

Chillen
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Chillen 07/23/10 - 12:24 pm
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I also think that the "adult"

I also think that the "adult" who was in charge of these children, who were out from 10pm to 5:30 am, should receive a visit from child protective services. Terrible parenting. Terrible supervision. Perhaps they'd be better suited not being parents.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/23/10 - 12:30 pm
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something is just not right

something is just not right here...

when will charges be filed against the adult who "threw them out"?

Big_vike
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Big_vike 07/23/10 - 12:32 pm
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What does the fact that two

What does the fact that two of them were from Hephzibah and Waynesboro have to do with it? The third one was from Martinez and was probably the ring leader, you think the other 2 even knew where APS was? and whats with the mother putting them out and not calling there parents to come get them? She is more complicent then the other parents.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/23/10 - 12:41 pm
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crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/23/10 - 01:03 pm
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We'll never know when these

We'll never know when these delinquents reoffend, as their names can't be given out. I wonder how they got from Waynesboro and Hephzibah to Martinez? And 10:00 P.M. at night, being put out on the streets. Is there no curfew? Out till 5:30 A.M.
WHAT WONDERFUL PARENTING!

justus4
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justus4 07/23/10 - 01:18 pm
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After reading the article and
Unpublished

After reading the article and the comments, one gets the impression that a severe double standard exist in the criminal justice system and in particular quarters within society, resulting in "institutionalized racism" that can be easily and demonstrable proven to the rational individual. In fact, a disparate application of criminal sentencing constitute a violation of the Equal Treatment Clause and thus illegal. A brief review of questionable sentences would bear out such suspicions, however, exposing such info is avoided like the plague...wonder why?

mary dits
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mary dits 07/23/10 - 01:20 pm
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oh good. we're locking up 12

oh good. we're locking up 12 year olds who spray fire extinguishers and throw paint and eat snacks. great. i feel so safe. how are all those murder cases coming along?

countyman
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countyman 07/23/10 - 01:22 pm
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Crackerjack, Im sure they

Crackerjack, Im sure they were driven by a parent, or the Martinez teenager had his mom bring them to their house. Nobody in Hephzibah(especially the city limits part south of willis foreman) or Waynesboro even knows where Augusta Prep is...

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/23/10 - 01:26 pm
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put me out of the house when

put me out of the house when i was that young and i'd be mad too...and MY mom would kick your butt!

but at 12, i was smart enough to know how to use a phone to call her.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/23/10 - 01:29 pm
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Cleaning up and staying with

Cleaning up and staying with it until all the damage has been repaired would be a much more appropriate sentence, plus make them pay, kids and parents, all that can be gotten out of them. What new 'things' will they learn at the detention center? Unless they isolate them from the ones that 'have been there, done that'.

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galaxygrl 07/23/10 - 01:32 pm
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The boys were wrong, but the

The boys were wrong, but the parent ought to have regular visits from DFAC and the sheriff's department until the the 12 year old is grown. That parent needs supervision! Really bad parenting! Of course she probably doesn't read the paper anyway.

Labatt
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Labatt 07/23/10 - 01:54 pm
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“You let your children down,”

“You let your children down,” ...think that about sums it up.

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Tullie 07/23/10 - 02:07 pm
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countymanFriday, Jul. 23 2:22

countymanFriday, Jul. 23 2:22 Nobody in Hephzibah(especially the city limits part south of willis foreman) or Waynesboro even knows where Augusta Prep is...
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That's right, shoot some of us in Hephzibah don't even have plumbing inside the house, much less a computer or iphone to Google where that there Augusta Prep School is...

clumber
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clumber 07/23/10 - 02:30 pm
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The young men should be

The young men should be required to repay all of the expenses. Restitution in the amount of $82,000 ($2500 to school, the rest to the insurance co.), then 100% of the court costs and detention/probation costs. They were not sorry for what they did, they enjoyed it. Their sorrow is for getting caught. The penalty was another example of our no justice system for the victims.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 07/23/10 - 03:03 pm
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Hey Ditsy Mary, how the He??

Hey Ditsy Mary, how the He?? do you think these criminals jump-start their careers. You want to let em grow up to full-fledged murders next and set them free, too? Vandalism incident resulted in $82,000 in damages and cleanup costs. Not 8,000 10,000, but 82,000, breaking and entering. These punks come in my house and try this they will not be coming out alive.

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grinder48 07/23/10 - 03:10 pm
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“I anticipate a significant
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“I anticipate a significant impact to our premium, and this was no cause of our own,” she (Augusta Prep Chief Financial Officer Rebecca Blair) said. Uh, who left the door unlocked?

DaddyFrog
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DaddyFrog 07/23/10 - 03:34 pm
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Along with telling the

Along with telling the parents they let their children down the judge should have said, " Get used to seeing your boys in court." Adults who let their children run the streets all night long deserve more than just some harsh words. I hope these boys get straightened out before they get into real trouble (gangs, murder, home invasions, etc.), but with parents like they have, I have my doubts.

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Fiat_Lux 07/23/10 - 03:51 pm
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1. DFACS investigate the mom

1. DFACS investigate the mom who tossed the kids out.
2. Dock the pay of the person who left the door unlocked the full amount of the deductible.
3. Bring a civil suit against the parents of each of the four to repay the full amount paid out by the insurance company in order to keep premiums at the pre-damage level.

Life for Augusta Prep goes back to where it was before these brats showed up.

DaveMustaineRules
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DaveMustaineRules 07/23/10 - 04:29 pm
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Hmmmm, Really, the adults are

Hmmmm,

Really, the adults are completely at fault.

Had the door been secured as it should have been, this incident would not have taken place. Had an adult been properly supervising these children, then this incident would not have happened.

Unfortunately, these young men are the victims of adults who chose to shirk their responsibilities. I really doubt all of these young men have had proper adult supervision or strong role models during their lives.

Also, for those who want to stereotype people from Richmond and Burke County, didn't some of Columbia County's own (Lakeside students I believe) murder a young girl on her sixteenth birthday ten or twelve years ago?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/23/10 - 04:33 pm
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"were told to leave by the

"were told to leave by the friend’s mother at about 10 p.m."

How were those teenagers supposed to get back to Hephzibah and Waynesboro? She put a 13 year old and a 14 year out of her house, without notifying their parents to come get them?

That mother needs to be brought up on charges.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 07/23/10 - 04:54 pm
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Just a thought Corgi, perhaps

Just a thought Corgi, perhaps the mother assumed the kids were visiting a relative/friend nearby. And just figured the 12 and 14 and would just go back to where they came from. She may not been aware they were from B and W County.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/23/10 - 05:31 pm
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And of course, the kids,

And of course, the kids, being totally stupid, weren't able to tell her the situation. Oh, no.

My child at age four would have let me know her friends didn't have rides home. By age 12, on her own she would have made sure all the parents who needed to show up were called. She was not an unusual child in that regard.

This kind of parental lapse or confusion isn't something a normal kid can't handle, but it certainly is something that bratty kids often exploit for their own mischievous purposes.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 07/23/10 - 05:57 pm
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These punks new right from

These punks new right from wrong. Place responsibility where it belongs and no the insurance company should not have to pay. So many believe do damage and let the insurance company pay. Drives the rates up for all of us.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 07/23/10 - 07:13 pm
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If I or someone else

If I or someone else purposely set my house on fire, and the police and insurance company find out that I or they did it. You mean they will SLAP ME ON THE HAND then pay me or them for burning it down on purpose? Gotta LOVE those Insurance Companies! THE PARENTS insurance companies should be liable, not the taxpayers (school). Parent of TROUBLED KIDS should be made to get INSURANCE on THEIR KIDS for doing damage.

sassygirl8
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sassygirl8 07/23/10 - 10:14 pm
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I think they should have to

I think they should have to pay more than 1500 in damages. I hope they learned their lesson in court today, and want be back. Its so sad when little punks have nothing else to do but damage someone elses property. Remember the old saying what comes around, goes around

redapples
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redapples 07/23/10 - 10:53 pm
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It is completely ridiculous

It is completely ridiculous to excuse the behavior of these boys because someone left a school door unlatched. Comments like that give us a glimpse at what is wrong with our society! They did the crime (by choice) and now they will do the time. The adult that put these boys out on the street at 10pm should receive more scrutiny and possibly charges.

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fd1962 07/24/10 - 07:44 am
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Thanks for the warnings about
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Thanks for the warnings about Hephzibah. My physician is a Hephzibahner - didn't realize I was at such risk... Guess I'm lucky to be alive.

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