2 boys held in arson of Fox River Gro...

2 boys held in arson of Fox River Grove home

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 18, 2008, titled 2 boys held in arson of Fox River Grove home. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Two boys, ages 9 and 14, have been charged with residential arson and burglary after a fire severely damaged a home in Fox River Grove , McHenry County sheriff's police said Monday.

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Makes no sense

Chicago, IL

#2 Aug 18, 2008
Released the 9 year old to his parents? Perhaps he needs to go to jail. What's he gonna do at home when he's bored? Kill the cat or dog?

Addison, IL

#3 Aug 18, 2008
His parents probably suck at being parents or the kid wouldn't be burglarizing homes.
Charlie Gies

United States

#4 Aug 18, 2008
The parents of those juvenile delinquents will have to pay for the damages. That's a good thing, but it's unlikely they'll learn their lesson. Both boys are well on their way to ending up in prison.

United States

#6 Aug 18, 2008
to commit such a violent and senseless crime at a young age is unthinkable.

these children probably have some serious anger issues. the parents also deserve some of the blame.

Chicago, IL

#8 Aug 18, 2008
They should look at the parents if that is what they call them. The kids should go to rehab. You don't have to take a course to have a child. Read the paper if it feels good let's do it. But if you are pregnant? B.S I'm going out. This is BS. Good luck America I have raised my men, and guess what? They do not have kids, not on welfare, and not in jail.
I know it is hard to raise children.
But it is work. Wake up!
chicago resident

Hightstown, NJ

#9 Aug 18, 2008
Little s h i t s.

The parents of the 9 year old should not have allowed him to hang out with a 14 year old. That is too big an age difference at that age.

I hope Nancy finds the third cat.
chicago resident

Hightstown, NJ

#10 Aug 18, 2008
Logical wrote:
Because of his age, the 9-year-old was released to the custody of his parents, Zinke said.
For chrissake, that's how he got that way! Talk about stupid decisions!
I agree.

United States

#12 Aug 18, 2008
I wonder how the parents punished him. Took away his TV? His video games? Refused to drop him off at the mall?

Just because a person CAN have kids doesn't mean they SHOULD.

Had done this as a 9-year-old, I think I would've been SAFER going to jail than having to face my parents.
It is a wonderful life

Wayne, IL

#13 Aug 18, 2008
Wow - astonishing that 2 children would think to do something like this. What a cry for attention and proper parenting. The parents need some lessons.

J-Seville, needs some, too. What a maroon, LOL.

Chicago, IL

#14 Aug 18, 2008
The 9 yr old is too young to be charged with a felony. But his parents can be sued and should be. The 14 yr old will probalbly go to juvy hall and get out in a few years. What are parents teaching their kids??? What kind of person thinks that burglary and arson are a fun way to pass the time? Whatever happened to decency?
Resident of FRG

Streator, IL

#15 Aug 19, 2008
I am a resident of Fox River Grove and saddened to see that crime like this have to happen in our wondeful small town, let alone anywhere else (I realize crime happens everwhere - just at an age of 9 and 14 perplexes me).
I am also shocked of the arrogance that these children have to even think they would get away with their horrible behavior. I would certainly expect the both the 14 year old and 9 year old to have some reason and judgement.
The problem is there is not enough parental involvement and children are not taught the meaning of RESPECT to their elders and their property. People should also not expect others to watch over their children and let them wander around (unless these parents just did not care what their children were up to). I have seen this time and time again. I know they invented bicycles, books and playgrounds instead of matches and paint to be misused.
The question is WHERE are the parents? The parent(s) need to be held accountable for their children's actions since not enough can be done to properly punish a 9 year old and 14 year old.
It is also sad that the owners of the home have to be burdened with knowing these "children" invaded their home. It is also misfortunate that the insurance carrier of the homeowner has to pay for the damages caused by the lack of judgement by these children. I would say that the parents of these "children" or the children when they are adults should be held accountable for the damages to the people's home since this is an intentional act.$125,000.00 is a large mistake these "children" made.
Where is our society going to????
Writer Of Truth

Scottsdale, AZ

#16 Aug 19, 2008

Schiller Park, IL

#18 Aug 20, 2008
I am outraged that such young kids could do something so cruel.
Lets just hope that the Nine year old that has parents letting him hang around a 14 year old.... gets some kind of repremanding.
This happened in my community and it could have been any one of our houses. I will make it a point myself to make sure as a community we help out our fellow neighbor.

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