3 teens arrested after prank gets out of control

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

They called it a prank. Authorities are calling it a felony. A group of Lake County teens is learning the hard way that actions have consequences.
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A Mother 2

Gainesville, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
WOW!! That was pretty bad. You know when I was a teenager, we did some crazy things to our friends car but nothing like that. Urinating in the air vent's, how stupid is that. What did these kids think was going to happen, that she victim would just laugh it off...LOL, I think thses kids should be made work and pay to have the car fixed.
Jenny

Wildwood, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Why shouldn't these hoodlums think they could go to jail for this?? This wasn't a school prank (like toilet papering a tree) that is meant in fun (ie a school game rivalry). This was vicious gang mentality action against a girl because she was the ex of some guy in the group.

I hope the book gets thrown at these kids as an example to make sure other morons don't think this idiocy is "cute".
Dan

Orlando, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
what do those stickers say? "wondering if there's an afterlife? touch this car and find out"

“American Against Fascism”

Since: Apr 08

Central Florida

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Hateful is the correct term.
Up L8

Palm Bay, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Hope they don't get the slap on the wrist as they are all adults; albeit stupid and ignorant adults with no tact or class. They're parent's should be slapped for raising them up like that.
Up L8

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Jenny wrote:
Why shouldn't these hoodlums think they could go to jail for this?? This wasn't a school prank (like toilet papering a tree) that is meant in fun (ie a school game rivalry). This was vicious gang mentality action against a girl because she was the ex of some guy in the group.
I hope the book gets thrown at these kids as an example to make sure other morons don't think this idiocy is "cute".
Your view of this crime sounds accurate. I too hope they are punished appropriately. It does sound like a gang mentality act.
MY Opinion

La Fayette, KY

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Where did the car repair quotes come from her cuz who has a chop shop mang.
Obama Cabinet Nominee

Lake Helen, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
We need to appoint a good liberal judge in Groveland that understands that these young people that ALLEGEDLY did this have a hard enough life already and we should give them some kind of government run summer job like at a park or being a lifeguard somewhere so that they can grow up to be good liberals and not have a felony on their record so they can vote for more liberals next election.
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Orlando, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Obama Cabinet Nominee wrote:
We need to appoint a good liberal judge in Groveland that understands that these young people that ALLEGEDLY did this have a hard enough life already and we should give them some kind of government run summer job like at a park or being a lifeguard somewhere so that they can grow up to be good liberals and not have a felony on their record so they can vote for more liberals next election.
Why? When they can just get special treatment and get a plushy job with dad at AIG and assign themselves large bonuses with the blessings of a republican President who is compassionate about deregulizing the fiancial industry. Oh, I forgot. The republicans are a marginalized party now with no leader, unless of course, you consider the Rush Limbaugh (now that's a laugh) your leader. Good luck.
Proud Liberal

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Jenny wrote:
I hope the book gets thrown at these kids as an example to make sure other morons don't think this idiocy is "cute".
Yes, let's fill the jails and prisons with stupid 18 year olds so there's no room for dangerous criminals. Fine, probation and restitution is the appropriate punishment here. And while we're at it, raise the felony threshold above $500. It's stupid to still have it so low.
Tyrone

Orlando, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
What Do You Expect wrote:
Thus is the savagery of white trash teens.
You got that right!!!! You got that damn right!!!!!!!!!!
just saying

Melbourne, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Proud Liberal wrote:
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Yes, let's fill the jails and prisons with stupid 18 year olds so there's no room for dangerous criminals. Fine, probation and restitution is the appropriate punishment here. And while we're at it, raise the felony threshold above $500. It's stupid to still have it so low.
I agree...we need to put violent people in jail...not kids who are dumb. I say make them pay a fine...AND make them personally clean the urine/silly string/etc out of the car. What they cant fix themselves they have to pay to get fixed.
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Mar 20, 2009
 
Jenny wrote:
Why shouldn't these hoodlums think they could go to jail for this?? This wasn't a school prank (like toilet papering a tree) that is meant in fun (ie a school game rivalry). This was vicious gang mentality action against a girl because she was the ex of some guy in the group.
I hope the book gets thrown at these kids as an example to make sure other morons don't think this idiocy is "cute".
This wasn't a prank. When did kids get so mean over teen break ups? I'll admit it's been awhile since high school but when people broke up in my high school, the ex might have got the silent treatment from other kids or the occasional insult to their face but it never involved vandalizing things.
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Mar 20, 2009
 
great more teens doing bad things and getting nothing but a slap on the wrist
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Mar 20, 2009
 
TRUTH wrote:
Mothers name is Ramirez, that's hispanic and makes this a Hate Crime.
Wrong
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Mar 20, 2009
 
Urine trouble, kids.
LI_Mom

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Reading the kneejerk reactions & comments here about "liberals" and "Hispanics" makes it pretty clear WHY today's kids have no respect for their fellow man.

Rather than attack some favorite scapegoat whenever something goes wrong, how about ADDRESSING the actual perpetrator..... the one who did wrong?

I'm sure in every socioeconomic group & in every race or religion, we can find endless examples of teenagers who do IDIOTIC or even criminal things.

These kids deserve to be slapped with a very hefty fine AND some community service that might make an impression on them. There was no violence involved, so I do believe it was just an idiotic prank that got WAY, WAY out of hand.

Stupid punks

Sorrento, FL

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Stupid punks do stupid things. I think the judge should sentence them to do all the repair work on the car while its in the shop. Make them strip the paint off by hand of course and do all the body work and have them repaint the car under the direct supervision of the manager of the shop so its done properly. This would also include removing the air vents they urinated in and cleaning them out. Any one of them that fails to show up or gives the manager a hard time goes right to jail for 6 months. All of this would have to be reported by the shops manager to the probation officer. Im sure theres a shop that would gladly assist the court in this manner if the punks also had to pay for all the materials out of pocket. After they learn what hard work it is to fix a car after this kind of vandalism I think they would learn a valuable lesson.
jose sepulveda

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Mar 20, 2009
 
This is the savagery of white trash teens..that's rigth
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Mar 20, 2009
 
Stupid punks wrote:
Stupid punks do stupid things. I think the judge should sentence them to do all the repair work on the car while its in the shop. Make them strip the paint off by hand of course and do all the body work and have them repaint the car under the direct supervision of the manager of the shop so its done properly. This would also include removing the air vents they urinated in and cleaning them out. Any one of them that fails to show up or gives the manager a hard time goes right to jail for 6 months. All of this would have to be reported by the shops manager to the probation officer. Im sure theres a shop that would gladly assist the court in this manner if the punks also had to pay for all the materials out of pocket. After they learn what hard work it is to fix a car after this kind of vandalism I think they would learn a valuable lesson.
That's a good idea BUT if it were my car, I wouldn't want to wait forever while it is being fixed by a bunch of amateurs. I'd want my car fixed by professionals.

But I do like the idea that these kids should be sentenced to some unpleasant labor.

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