Sisters sentenced for school threat

Twin 16-year-old sisters have both been sentenced to the Indiana Girls School and fined after they pleaded guilty to calling in bomb threats to their southern Indiana high school. Full Story
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#40 Nov 15, 2007
From the Bloomfield Free Press:

"On the stand, Gracy Stone tearfully testified that she lived in a home filled with drugs and violence. She said she'd called social services four times in an effort to get help.

'I felt like I couldn't get away,' she said as her sister, Mary, sat crying in the courtroom."

http://www.bloomfieldfreepress.com
Lyndsie

Amelia, OH

#41 Nov 15, 2007
I think that the cops should check the house for drugs since the girls said that they were trying to get away from drugs and violence.
One man

Indianapolis, IN

#42 Nov 15, 2007
There's obviously drug use and/or violence in the home if the father batted around the question in that way. It's such a shame; I have neices/nephews who are a part of the same scheme and the drug users should really clean up, take responsibility, and get a life.
Why me

New Palestine, IN

#43 Nov 15, 2007
well, they are lucky, they only get two years probation and go to girl school. If they were just a year older, they would be tried as adults and get 5 yrs in prison

Since: Mar 07

Columbus-

#44 Nov 16, 2007
Why me wrote:
If they were just a year older, they would be tried as adults and get 5 yrs in prison
Isn't Greene County Circuit Court for adults?

From my inderstanding of Juvenile procedings, names and sentences are generally sealed.
Teresa

Girard, OH

#45 Nov 16, 2007
Exactly my thought. Hey Star, how about a follow up?
Right On wrote:
What a response by the father. Drug use and violence in the home, but the kids need to be punished. Sounds like the parents need some punishment too.
Teresa

Girard, OH

#46 Nov 16, 2007
Also, Greene County is a hot bed of meth use and manufacture.

I bet the parents house is as clean as a whistle now.
cicero resident

United States

#47 Nov 16, 2007
At home discipline has not worked before - the father is bad, no mother around and too many young boys in and out the door. The girls need very stroong wake up discipline. As I mentioned - I know of the family.
Responsible Parent wrote:
This whole situation is very sad. Perhaps there is more to it, but it seems like the girls could be disciplined and treated with some compassion for their situation. Is it any wonder the girls have poor judgment with parents like that?

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis, IN

#48 Nov 16, 2007
jtd wrote:
Where are all the harsh comments that you cowards would normally type?
Oh! Its hitting home now.
What kind of comments were you wanting to read?
Way to go Judge Allen

Charlestown, IN

#49 Nov 16, 2007
Jack50 wrote:
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Isn't Greene County Circuit Court for adults?
From my inderstanding of Juvenile procedings, names and sentences are generally sealed.
There are only 2 Courts in Greene County...Superior and Circuit. Circuit hears the majority of juvenile hearings. I applaud Judge Allen for releasing the names and sentences. Hopefully the county's high school students have heard about the punishment and possibly deter any ideals they may have to do such a thing. Also, I feel the punishment fits the crime. Girl's School (IJCF) is not a hand-holding facility. They will have major therapy and counseling and hopefully learn from their past decisions.
I grew up in this area. Though it's been mentioned, nothing like this happened back in the day...wake up, it did. It was just handled quietly. Since the girls called in the bomb threats TWICE, it needed to be taken seriously (plus there was another incident that happened last spring at another county high school of a bomb threat). I don't think either girl needs to be handled like innocent school girls here. They did commit a crime. It is very sad that there allegations were not investigated or carelessly investigated. I hope they start to emotionally heal.
From Bloomfield

Ellettsville, IN

#50 Nov 16, 2007
I too questioned the release of these young girls' names. At the time the local papers stated that IF they were tried as adults the crime would be a felony, so therefore even though they were being tried as juveniles their names could be released.

But if the excuse was that the knowledge would deter other students, it was just that an excuse. Bloomfield is a very small town and rumor is the only thing that travels faster than the truth. My junior high school son told me the names of the girls before they ever appeared in any paper. In a school where there are only 60-80 students per grade and where K-12 are all taught in a single building, it does not take making such information public knowledge for others to be aware of it and detered by it.

Releasing their names and making this public record only served to make this crime follow these girls beyond their punishment into their attempts at beginning their young adult lives.

And although these girls did need to be punished for their error in judgement, where is the adult accountability? Where are the charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor or neglect?

Per the local paper the area agencies had orignally sought a much higher restribution and were persuaded to drop the amount, but why? If my child were guilty of vandalism then I would be held financially responsible. Why is their father not being held financially responsible for the entire amount that was being sought by the school and city agencies?

And if the girls' did indeed call social services for assistance where is the investigation into that? If there are drugs and violence in the home, why were the girls left there after repeated calls for help, and who is going to accept responsibilty for that decision?

I hope now that the girls are away from that environment that they can learn to make good choices and hope that if they are released the adults involved are also able to make good choices about the environment they may be returned to.
goodness

San Francisco, CA

#51 Nov 19, 2007
Annie wrote:
Honestly I doubt a full investigation was done. You would think there would be one but until you have witnessed how the justice system fails you wouldn't realize what really takes place with court cases.
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I have witnessed our justice system for many years. I have witnessed how many children make false allegations against their parents when their butt ends are backed in a corner for screwing up. I do not personally know this case thus I do not know if the allegations are true. After reading what the principal said in another article Im inclined to believe there were home life issues that should have been dealt with but that still does not mean their allegations are correct. If the principal knew of issues he needs to step forward and make it public knowledge as to what he and his employees attempted to do to help these young ladies. Did the allegations just surface during the proceedings or is there documentation within CPS or police records that these girls attorneys can fight an appeal on? I just do not see a judge handing down such a harsh sentence without merit of the girls past "criminal" activities.
goodness

San Francisco, CA

#52 Nov 19, 2007
From Bloomfield wrote:
I too questioned the release of these young girls' names. At the time the local papers stated that IF they were tried as adults the crime would be a felony, so therefore even though they were being tried as juveniles their names could be released.
But if the excuse was that the knowledge would deter other students, it was just that an excuse. Bloomfield is a very small town and rumor is the only thing that travels faster than the truth. My junior high school son told me the names of the girls before they ever appeared in any paper. In a school where there are only 60-80 students per grade and where K-12 are all taught in a single building, it does not take making such information public knowledge for others to be aware of it and detered by it.
Releasing their names and making this public record only served to make this crime follow these girls beyond their punishment into their attempts at beginning their young adult lives.
And although these girls did need to be punished for their error in judgement, where is the adult accountability? Where are the charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor or neglect?
Per the local paper the area agencies had orignally sought a much higher restribution and were persuaded to drop the amount, but why? If my child were guilty of vandalism then I would be held financially responsible. Why is their father not being held financially responsible for the entire amount that was being sought by the school and city agencies?
And if the girls' did indeed call social services for assistance where is the investigation into that? If there are drugs and violence in the home, why were the girls left there after repeated calls for help, and who is going to accept responsibilty for that decision?
I hope now that the girls are away from that environment that they can learn to make good choices and hope that if they are released the adults involved are also able to make good choices about the environment they may be returned to.
Does your son have knowledge of these girls home lives? Was it as they stated? If it were to come to light that this is the case than I feel an appeal is warranted and some deep psychiatric help and not incarceration is needed for these 2. Why did their attorney(s) not bring forth any credible evidence IF the allegations are true? To many unanswered questions.

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