Certainly other options existed than to burden the county taxpayers with the cost of arrest, booking, incarceration and prosecution – not to mention the fact that four young women will have a permanent arrest record, probably a conviction and the possible derailment of plans for further education and/or employment.
Other options included a school system that would consider the punishment their families would impose; restitution in lieu of arrest and incarceration; and community service. After all, was it a “prank” conducted in poor judgment, or was it a crime?
A fifth student was arrested in the incident Thursday. I am not related to any of these five teenagers, nor do I represent them. But a crime necessitates intent, and where young adults are engaged in a prank, criminal intent should be low on the index of possible motives. Unless I am missing something, I genuinely feel sorry for these young ladies.