G.J. Boy May Face Charges Over Bridge Burning

Apr 13, 2008 Full story: TheDenverChannel

A 92-year-old wooden suspension bridge across the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, has been destroyed by a fire that began with a Colorado boy playing with matches. via TheDenverChannel

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Cala Coleman

Winchester, KY

#1 Apr 16, 2008
I am from Kentucky and was heartsick to hear that our beloved Dewey Bridge had burned. My grandfather lived for 50 years right beside the bridge so I grew up looking at the bridge out his kitchen window. His name was Ballard Harris and he ran a little gas station in Dewey. He loved to talk and was always nice to people who were traveling by. Grandpa hated fire and always cautioned us when we were outside playing that it was very easy to start a fire and lose control of it. I am so glad he was not around to see the bridge burn.
Mark T

Raleigh, NC

#2 Jul 18, 2008
I never had the opportunity to visit the bridge back in the early nineties when I was roaming around the area, but reading up on its history, I always wanted to come back and visit it. No more, of course. Such a sad ending.
However, charging the child will only bring a slew of parents whining about how children cannot be held responsible for their actions (I'll remember this the next time I want some evil doing completed that I don't want to handle myself). The child is, indeed, responsible and punishment must be served in some manner.
What would be an appropriate punishment? I was taught never to play with matches because of the risk of such things. Children do know better even though adults tend to forget how conscious they were as children. But I think the parents MUST be finanically responsible, at least to a degree. Surely, they may not be able to pay for the entire rebuilding. Yet parents need to be held more responsible for the actions of their children that they have voluntarily introduced into this world. Had this child not been born, the fire would not have occurred (at least this day). So, the parents, who have this child, must be held responsible because it is obvious that either they were NOT monitoring their child or they were witnessing reckless behavior and not doing anything about it.
If no punishment, real punishment, does not occur, it only encourages more of such irresponsible behavior both by children and parents not taking responsibility for their actions.
It's a tough job being a parent, but that's the deal I signed up for when we had children. It doesn't let up and we must always be on our guard. It's doable. These parents messed up. Obviously.

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