I wouldn't call burning picnic tables vandalism. A better part of the park could have gone up in flames. And then tax dollars to pay the firemen would have been lost to a "mistake". Not to mention the wildlife that could have been lost. But I've been ignorant looking at the bigger picture.It sounds to me like the trash of the village is on here wanting the "little bastards" to pay a hefty price for what they did. Should they get in trouble for vandalizing? Yes. Community service sounds about right. You people should listen to yourselves. Kids are not bad kids, they make bad choices. It's ignorance like I see in this forum that results in unnecessary punishiment rather than rehabilitation. Look at the area we live in. It has gone to shit in the last few years. Parents are not being parents and children are the latchkey kids of society. What do you do when you get bored and have no parental guidance? You find trouble. It is a well known fact that the rational thinking part of the brain does not develop until approximately the mid 20s. Yes, teenagers can discern between right and wrong. But many do not think of the long term effects of their consequences. Do you think most children who come from loving homes do this kind of stuff? Or is it the children who are dealing with abandonment issues from not having their parents around and thus turn to drugs and other illegal activity to deal with the problems they are unable to deal with on their own. You all need to get a clue and stop being so judgmental and ignorant. People make mistakes and the point is to learn from them. I highly recommend that you seek higher education and start learning about the real issues of society instead of taking the old fashioned standpoint of an eye-for-an-eye.
Like I said in an earlier post, I made mistakes when I was a kid. But I never set anything on FIRE...and I respected property. I would hardly call stacking up picnic tables and torching them a "mistake". But ok Mr/Mrs Highhorse. Call it as you see it, as will I.