Kids blamed for Loganville fire

There are 17 comments on the Mar 14, 2007, Walton Tribune story titled Kids blamed for Loganville fire. In it, Walton Tribune reports that:

The Loganville Police Department charged three juveniles ages 7, 10 and 11 Monday with one count of burglary and one count of arson in connection with a fire that left nine families without homes.

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Terrie Hagen

Atlanta, GA

#1 Mar 14, 2007
This was a terrible tragedy for all. Did you ever see the movie "Sleepers"? Get those kids out and let them be home with a monitoring device!
KJacobus

Atlanta, GA

#2 Mar 14, 2007
There is no "rhymer" reason for these children to be held in detention.

“Compromise yourself for no one”

Since: Dec 06

Cajun Country

#3 Mar 14, 2007
You've got to be kidding me!
These kids were responsible for the loss of 9 homes.
They damn well deserve to be in detention. Kudos to the mom who called and said it was her kid!!!

Now, that doesn't mean they should stay there. But I hope this little juvie jail has put some damn sense into their heads!
RandyG

Central District, Hong Kong

#4 Mar 15, 2007
My Mother has a house in this comunity, and it was damaged. They should be left in "juvie" until court. How could anyone even think that people should be not held responsible for their actions, no matter what their age.
Jody

United States

#5 Mar 15, 2007
I live in the next subdivision from the fire. I could see the flames from my deck. Very, very scary and my heart goes out to the people who lost their homes and everything they held dear. Sadly, these junior arsonists can't be put in jail, but I think they should be forced to serve many years of life-wrenching community service. They should have to face the people they displaced and the lady whose dog died. And, their parents should be held accountable for all the insurance deductibles and whatever is not covered by insurance.

“Compromise yourself for no one”

Since: Dec 06

Cajun Country

#6 Mar 15, 2007
Jody wrote:
I live in the next subdivision from the fire. I could see the flames from my deck. Very, very scary and my heart goes out to the people who lost their homes and everything they held dear. Sadly, these junior arsonists can't be put in jail, but I think they should be forced to serve many years of life-wrenching community service. They should have to face the people they displaced and the lady whose dog died. And, their parents should be held accountable for all the insurance deductibles and whatever is not covered by insurance.
They certainly can be put in juvenile detention.
Just because they are "kids" doesn't mean they can't take responsibility.
They obviously knew better than to play with fire, that's why they were out in the field and not in their own back yards. They didn't want mommie to catch them.
Niki Georgia

Suwanee, GA

#7 Mar 16, 2007
My god people these are children and accidents happen. Detaining these children could cause devasting results for them now or later in life. These young children i'm sure were terrified when the fire began, and i'm sure that they are terrified now. I believe what they have gone through is enough punishment. These kids need to be home with the ones that love them. Think back to when you were a kid and how many mistakes you made. Also, how can the parents be held in account for their actions, they were at their grandmothers for god sakes. Just because a child has an accident doesn't mean that it's the parents fault. A kid riding a bike and falls, is that also the parents fault? No, it's called an accident. These families have been through enough, send kids home and thank god no one was hurt.

“Compromise yourself for no one”

Since: Dec 06

Cajun Country

#8 Mar 16, 2007
Niki Georgia wrote:
My god people these are children and accidents happen. Detaining these children could cause devasting results for them now or later in life. These young children i'm sure were terrified when the fire began, and i'm sure that they are terrified now. I believe what they have gone through is enough punishment. These kids need to be home with the ones that love them. Think back to when you were a kid and how many mistakes you made. Also, how can the parents be held in account for their actions, they were at their grandmothers for god sakes. Just because a child has an accident doesn't mean that it's the parents fault. A kid riding a bike and falls, is that also the parents fault? No, it's called an accident. These families have been through enough, send kids home and thank god no one was hurt.
No accident I ever had took the homes of 9 elderly families.
Yeah they were kids, kids who KNEW they shouldn't be playing with fire.
Accidents are one thing, danger is another.
You're reaching and it's pathetic.
RandyG

Central District, Hong Kong

#9 Mar 16, 2007
Pathetic is right. Had this been at night the loss would have been much worse. This was no accident, fires don't start themselves. I think you should go and see for yourself the damage that was done, maybe then you will understand the real gravity of the situation...
Julia Sweeney

Snellville, GA

#10 Mar 17, 2007
As a former resident of Village Place, I would like to extend my symnpathy to all who suffered losses in this fire. It made my heart sick to think of my friends having to suffer such losses. Enjoy your food and fellowship tonight. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.
Love to all, Jullia
Elaine

Oakville, Canada

#11 Mar 17, 2007
My sisters home was damaged in this fire, we must use this tragic example to remind us as parents and grandparents,of our obligation to constantly do our due diligence in bring up children, take the opportunity to bring a strong message to them. When I told my 10 year old grandson his eyes became bigger, then silence as he realized the impact a stupid impulse can cause.
Ellie Brack

United States

#12 Mar 18, 2007
I am very saddened about the loss of my friends /
neighbors homes here in Loganville...and i am more saddened about these children's parents not having the knowledge of where they were and what they were doing at such a young age with no supervision.
Many folks drive by to see the damage, and many are showing their children what happens when you
play with matches...its a good lesson to those who will pay attention to it.
Our neighborhood will survive this because of our
strong friendships and support of each other through everything life brings us.
Tara

Lawrenceville, GA

#13 Apr 24, 2007
Niki Georgia wrote:
My god people these are children and accidents happen. Detaining these children could cause devasting results for them now or later in life. These young children i'm sure were terrified when the fire began, and i'm sure that they are terrified now. I believe what they have gone through is enough punishment. These kids need to be home with the ones that love them. Think back to when you were a kid and how many mistakes you made. Also, how can the parents be held in account for their actions, they were at their grandmothers for god sakes. Just because a child has an accident doesn't mean that it's the parents fault. A kid riding a bike and falls, is that also the parents fault? No, it's called an accident. These families have been through enough, send kids home and thank god no one was hurt.
Lady, you need to wake up before your kids run all over you!!! These kids intentionally BURGLARIZED a business and then started a fire. Yes, the fire may have been and accident but the burglary WASNOT!!!!!

“Compromise yourself for no one”

Since: Dec 06

Cajun Country

#14 Apr 24, 2007
Tara wrote:
<quoted text>
Lady, you need to wake up before your kids run all over you!!! These kids intentionally BURGLARIZED a business and then started a fire. Yes, the fire may have been and accident but the burglary WASNOT!!!!!
Right on.

Not to mention, not only did these people lose their homes and all of their belongings, many of the ill and fragile had to WALK out of the subdivision to safety.

I know this because one of my patients (I work in pain mgmt) had to walk over a mile. She normally can't walk more than a few minutes. She's physically paying for that now and even THIS are these kids' fault.

NO PITY

teach your kids right from wrong. This was NOT a mistake, this was a tragedy secondary to second rate parenting (except for the mom that stood up and told on her kid).
kamer

United States

#15 Nov 2, 2008
These kids are to be blamed because the lad's cute oll dog died in the fire so i hope everyone is allright. And this is from the heart those kids i know they were scared i remember when i was a kid i made so many bad accidents that i was put in the most horrible punishment some folks don't understand what an accident is not on purpuse so i can tell there parents are embaresed so i give advide to anyone who is reading this watch for your actions PLEASE!!!!! or juvviee!!!
Dasha

United States

#16 Nov 2, 2008
Man what is wrong with them parents they got some serius teaching to do what the heck is wrong with them they caused so much trouble that my dear old Mom has to live with me trouble makers shame shame shame btu she looking for a house right now
mary

United States

#17 Nov 10, 2008
These kids are'nt in detention now. They are at thier homes. They are'nt going to be responsable for anything, The families that lost everything for actions done by underage persons. What a world we live in. Just because you are under age you can do anything without any repercusions. Life go on??? One of the kids I know has started two previous fires.... But also he has has a difficult life at only 12 years old now.

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