Originally created 08/15/97

Clarifies TV report of `teen' brawlers



On Monday, WAGT-TV (Channel 26) reported on a brawl of approximately 12 people in the Augusta Mall. One point should be clarified. WAGT repeatedly referred to the brawlers as teen-agers even though they ranged in ages from 18 to 24.

The federal government recognizes an 18-year-old as a legal adult. Also, Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Edition, defines an adult to be a person who has reached the age of majority, now generally 18 years. Therefore, by the government's and by scholarly standards, the participants in the brawl are liable for their actions.

I am 17-years-old and am recognized by the government as a teen-ager. The reason I am so concerned about the acknowledgement of the brawlers as being adults is that the actions that will be taken to prevent another situation won't affect those who are responsible for the incident.

WAGT also reported that a curfew may come into effect to prevent future situations from occurring. This will limit teen-agers' freedom in the Augusta Mall.

If a curfew is to be initiated, then it should be against the age group of the violators. I feel any action that will be taken is going to be unjust to my age group.

John W. Thomas, Augusta



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