Seven Valleys teen admits to arson

Seven Valleys teen admits to arson

There are 40 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Sep 24, 2008, titled Seven Valleys teen admits to arson. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

A Seven Valleys teen who poured gasoline around his parents' home while they were inside and set fire to a bordering mulch bed pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced Wednesday in York County court.

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vigalante bob

Rockville, MD

#22 Sep 27, 2008
Sane or not, potential or not do we really need this kid out in public where he can attempt to kill or hurt someone again? How many times have there been stories about 'mentally ill' people that were released because they were Ok as long as they took the meds. Unfortunately a high percentage of these 'ill' people stop taking the meds and they get in the news again because they hurt or killed someone. Sorry, I got no sympathy for this nut-job, I for one would like to see him off the streets for as along as possible so no-one else gets hurt. One of the things I love about bleeding hearts like you and others who have posted stuff is the description that the perp was in trouble before but it was little things. Those little things add up and that was probably when someone should have had the backbone to get this crazy kid some help.
Kelly

Westminster, MD

#23 Sep 29, 2008
Vigalante bob get a freakin life honestly! You leave comments on every news article its ridiculous. There is no need to call names. And you have no right to judge anyone. God does and that is it. you do have the right to an opinion but keep it to yourself. I think you are the one without a conscience. I think you are the one that needs help. All you do is sit here and write your judgemental comments. You have NO right. Walk a mile in his shoes. Or anyone's shoes before you say all of this ignorant crap. It's ok to have your opinion but you don't have to call him a nut job or a crazy kid. Whatever, there is obviously no getting through to you...NUT JOB!!!
Puzzled

Annapolis, MD

#24 Sep 29, 2008
How come Kelly who tolerates any and every deviant behavior has no tolerance for people who are "judgemental?"

Must be the only sin in her thin book.
Adams Older Sister

East Berlin, PA

#26 Oct 1, 2008
You people seriously need to find something better to occupy your time. And to IV Auroro Borealis XX "GROW THE HELL UP!"
classmate

York, PA

#28 Oct 1, 2008
people need to mind there own business. i went to school with adam for 12 years and he was a very nice kid not everyone in this world is perfect but i guess most of the people that left comments on here think there perfect and did not do a thing wrong in their lives . your peoples problem is alls you know is what the media said and thats part of the whole worlds problem. so you all need to mind your business and leave the family alone
vigalante bob

Rockville, MD

#29 Oct 2, 2008
classmate wrote:
people need to mind there own business. i went to school with adam for 12 years and he was a very nice kid not everyone in this world is perfect but i guess most of the people that left comments on here think there perfect and did not do a thing wrong in their lives . your peoples problem is alls you know is what the media said and thats part of the whole worlds problem. so you all need to mind your business and leave the family alone
I'm sure most of the people who have posted haven't attempted to turn their family into 'crispy critters'. Also, for the person who felt I am judgemental: I am, most people are, that's how we hopefully make good choices in life by picking the right thing to do and making sure the bad decisions and bad people are held accountable. If you do something bad or criminal that means you are a bad person. Attempting to kill one's parents for no discernable reason makes this kid a criminal and I'm not afraid to say so. Please put bandaids on your bleeding hearts cause you're mussing up the rug!
truthteller

Reading, PA

#30 Oct 2, 2008
Vigalante Bob, you are correct that we need to make judgments in life about situations and yes, even people. That being said, those judgments can be based on hate and fear or on hope and love. Those of us who are proud to be bleeding heart liberals do make judgments, but we temper those judgments with humility and grace. Based on your postings here and elsewhere, love, hope, humility, and grace are not concepts that fit into your worldview. I am saddened by that, not just for you, but for society as well. We need a lot less vigalantes and more peacemakers. I pray that you would start to make your judgments of others with less bitterness and more humbleness. I know this family, and the pain that they must be feeling about their son, in spite of his actions, is something you will never understand with your current worldview.
classmate

York, PA

#31 Oct 2, 2008
vigalante bob i think your the one who needs help do you have a life or do you just check peoples comments every 10 min to reply to them
vigalante bob

Rockville, MD

#32 Oct 2, 2008
classmate wrote:
vigalante bob i think your the one who needs help do you have a life or do you just check peoples comments every 10 min to reply to them
I do have a life and no I don't check the ydr for posts every 10 minutes. I hope you are a good friend to this firebug and hope that one day he doesn't turn you into a human torch.
vigalante bob

Rockville, MD

#33 Oct 2, 2008
truthteller wrote:
Vigalante Bob, you are correct that we need to make judgments in life about situations and yes, even people. That being said, those judgments can be based on hate and fear or on hope and love. Those of us who are proud to be bleeding heart liberals do make judgments, but we temper those judgments with humility and grace. Based on your postings here and elsewhere, love, hope, humility, and grace are not concepts that fit into your worldview. I am saddened by that, not just for you, but for society as well. We need a lot less vigalantes and more peacemakers. I pray that you would start to make your judgments of others with less bitterness and more humbleness. I know this family, and the pain that they must be feeling about their son, in spite of his actions, is something you will never understand with your current worldview.
Sorry but from my point of view there is a rampant crime problem in this country because of bleeding heart liberals. Reaching out to criminals with love and understanding will more often than not make you a victim of crime. I choose not to be a victim and I wholly support standing up for oneself and defending whats mine with intense ferocity. I guess we should just agree to disagree. Have a nice day. Oops I think you missed a spot cleaning that rug your bleeding heart dripped on. Resolve will work best.
Courtney Herman

Upper Darby, PA

#34 Oct 12, 2008
I am not afraid to state my name as I write this because I do not care what you readers may think of me. Some of you know me, and if you do, you realize that Adam and I had an interesting relationship. I ran with Adam in high school. Adam is no ordinary person. He can endure more physical pain than all of us combined. I remember one race we ran at South Western, Adam was not supposed to run. He cut his knee playing football the previous weekend on a rock. He had so many stitches on it. Knees with stitches are not easy to run with, but Adam did it anyways. Not only did he finish, he finished first, first with a new course record. Adam can do anything he wants to. He is an incredible person. At one moment of weakness, a time where he didn't know how to handle his pain, he messed up. We all mess up. I honestly believe that Adam will rise above this and use his experience to become an even better person. I am praying for Adam, his family, and his friends. To those of you who are writing about Adam and don't know him: I hope you meet him someday and realize that he is not just a criminal who needs punished; he is human, he made a mistake and is trying to make it right.

My dad once told me that a person's character isn't determined the mistakes he or she makes, its abour how he or she handles those mistakes. I believe that Adam can handle this mistake, but it's up to him now.
Lowell Wilt

Lancaster, PA

#35 Oct 14, 2008
Thanks for all your comments. We have been working our way through this for almost 1yr. To some of you this news is new and exciting. To us this is old news. We have forgivin our son and have begun to heal as a family. We love him and will continue to love and help him. Everyone makes mistakes in life some are just larger than others and some are put in the news for everyone to see and pass judgement. In the end the solution to this bump in the road of life lies with us and no one but us. We love you Adam and always will. "POPS"
For Sure

Pottstown, PA

#36 Oct 14, 2008
Good point. But if he runs over to my home with stitches in his knee, and burns my home to the ground, I's gonna' be pi$$ed. Does a terrible temper excuse arson. Do you have guns in your home?
just a thought

Brookville, PA

#37 Oct 15, 2008
the people in adams corner have serious issues. adams girlfriend ... go ahead wait for him marry you have kids with him, but whatever you do don't piss him off. if what courney says is true adams athletic prowess with sooooo many stitches in his knee, what the hell does that have to do with trying to have a human barbeque. what parent would allow a child to run like that is another really good question (courtney make another point because that one made no sense). and if adam can run with sooooo many stitches was he a druggie of some kind that he feels no pain. another point to make with everyone saying he is such a good athlete, was he on steroids was it possible that roid rage made him lack complete judgement? something like that would give me more compassion for the kid, because then it would mean it wasn't a messed up brain, but perhaps a chemically altered one that made him act like a sociopath. we don't have all the answers, but it seems adam got off easy. correct me if i'm wrong but he didn't go to a regualar adult prison, didn't he get off easier than that? and lowell i applaud your compassion for your child, just watch your back when he gets out of prison
rob

United States

#38 Nov 14, 2010
adam is not crzy he was my best friend in jail n he is going to b someone grow up people cuz tho he messed up bad but the person he has become is a inspiration
sad sad sad

York, PA

#39 Nov 15, 2010
to much going on
Former Classmate

Harrisburg, PA

#40 Dec 22, 2010
I was in school with Adam since 4th grade. When he was a kid, he was nice...for the most part. But he was ALWAYS a trouble maker. He was one of those guys that all the girls wanted to be with and all the guys wanted to be. At least, all the girls that liked a$$holes in highschool and all the guys that just wanted the girls. He started trouble in school and was always mean to other students that weren't in his group of friends. Adam was always a trouble maker. I used to hang out near his house with some friends that lived right down the street. He was always up to something. Kids often get into things they shouldn't; do things they shouldn't. But eventually, those kids learn from their actions and make corrections/alterations to become better individual human beings. I don't truly believe that this was just a "mistake" or a "bad call" on his part. He conciously made this decision.

there was a former comment that prison does not help criminals. I agree with that. But it helps society and other individuals from the harm those criminals could create. I do not feel sorry for Adam at all. He should have gotten worse.

Bob, though you do seem to have a lot of time on your hands, I agree with just about ALL of what you said. I do not have tolerance for criminals of any kind. By the time someone is 18, you should KNOW gasoline + fire = no no. You should KNOW that you are responsible for your actions. You can't blame it on anything else.

As for anyone that EVER said this was due to stress, you have no idea what stress is. Everyone deals with stress every day. And yes, it may be in a different way for everyone, SETTING YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE WHILE YOUR OWN FAMILY IS IN IT, IS NOT A SOLUTION.
adam wilt 1

Red Lion, PA

#42 Apr 7, 2016
What's up everyone
adam wilt 1
#43 Apr 20, 2016
vigalante bob wrote:
<quoted text>I know criminals when I see them and this kid is a criminal. It amazes me how the posts range from boo-hoo poor kid made a mistake to that kid always was trouble. Seems to me he ain't got a whole lot going for him if he's put away where he belongs. You can only make excuses so long as no-one gets hurt or killed. But this looks like a kid who will for no apparent reason try to burn people to death and I suspect, just for 'fun'. This kid needs a whole lot of help and doesn't need people who make excuses for his behavior. I suspect he's the way he is now because people overlooked his 'mistakes' in the past and now finally he's being held accountable. Bleeding hearts for criminals whether they be kids or adults are part of the crime problem and not a helpful solution.
What's up I'm here now
adam wilt 1
#44 Apr 20, 2016
adam wilt 1 wrote:
<quoted text>
What's up I'm here now
I'm actually pretty successful right now for your info bud. How about we meet sometime

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