Seven Valleys teen admits to arson

Seven Valleys teen admits to arson

There are 41 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

#1 Sep 25, 2008
Send this firebug to jail and don't let him play with matches. What a nut-job this kid is. Hope he serves the max.
Bet

Lancaster, PA

#2 Sep 25, 2008
I hope he gets the psychiatric care he needs. Jail isn't going to fix what is wrong with him. God help his poor parents. How heartbreaking for them to have their son try to do to what he did to them.
vigalante bob

Rockville, MD

#3 Sep 25, 2008
Bet wrote:
I hope he gets the psychiatric care he needs. Jail isn't going to fix what is wrong with him. God help his poor parents. How heartbreaking for them to have their son try to do to what he did to them.
Jail may not fix him but, it sure will prevent him from turning someone or something else into his private bar-b-que.
former neighbor

Johnsonburg, PA

#4 Sep 25, 2008
this kid has had problems in the neighborhood for years, egging cars, lighting toilet paper on fire and kicking it in an alley with many parked cars, breaking into houses egging them inside, ripping off live toads legs and playing basketball with them. a lovely family really, beautiful yard. sometimes kids are just messed up or parents are in denial...but this comes as no surprise to some of us.
Bet

Lancaster, PA

#5 Sep 25, 2008
vigalante bob wrote:
<quoted text>Jail may not fix him but, it sure will prevent him from turning someone or something else into his private bar-b-que.
You are right. Being in jail will prevent him from turning someone or something else into his private bar-b-que. Tpp bad we all know it will only do so for the time he is incarcerated. Once out, he can continue on his path of destruction. Jail is a bandaid, so to speak, on a wound that needs so much more. Scary to think what might happen once he has turned his time and is released if his mental issues go on without being treated. The recent fires in East York are an example of what can happen when people who for mental reasons, need more help than some others of us might in a community. I am not judging those people harshly who were responsible for the fires set there. I feel for them. We need to somehow find solutions to help these people with mental health issues. Jailing them, without treatment, is the answer if they are released back into a world they can not function in once their sentence is served?
Kelly

Westminster, MD

#6 Sep 25, 2008
You people need to learn to not be so judgemental. You don't even know him. Just because he dealt with a problem in the wrong way doesn't mean he's crazy or that he is a bad kid. He had a lapse in judgement. I'm sure you all have had that before. No one is perfect. I'm sure his parents are just so happy with how you are talking about their son. What he did doesn't make him "crazy" or a danger to society. For all you know he is a great kid that just hit bottom for a little. Think about things before you say them. Judge yourself before you judge someone else. You have NO right to judge anyone else!
former neighbor

Brookville, PA

#7 Sep 25, 2008
this wasn't a little accident kelly, this was pour gasoline on the front porch, walk to the back porch pour gasoline, walk to the landscaping pour gasoline walk to the garage pour gasoline there was some effort and definately some thought put into this. wanting to destroy everything. i'm telling you right now the residents of seven valleys that knew him and aren't in denial aren't surprised. the parents are lovely super nice people, and i am so glad that they are alive and their kids are alive.
vigalante bob

Rockville, MD

#8 Sep 25, 2008
Kelly wrote:
You people need to learn to not be so judgemental. You don't even know him. Just because he dealt with a problem in the wrong way doesn't mean he's crazy or that he is a bad kid. He had a lapse in judgement. I'm sure you all have had that before. No one is perfect. I'm sure his parents are just so happy with how you are talking about their son. What he did doesn't make him "crazy" or a danger to society. For all you know he is a great kid that just hit bottom for a little. Think about things before you say them. Judge yourself before you judge someone else. You have NO right to judge anyone else!
I do have a right to judge someone whether I'm a jury member or just giving my opinion. I have had lapses in judgment but never even once thought burning a house down with people inside (let alone my parents) was a good stress reliever. With all due respect, to attempt to kill your parents or anyone outside of self defense you do in fact need to be a fry or two short of a happy meal.
York101

New Providence, PA

#9 Sep 25, 2008
If what "former neighbor" says is true, then Adam Wilt is showing all the signs of a sociopath. A mental disturbance like that doesn't go away with jail time. Jails are full of mentally ill people who just get sicker inside. Then they are released back into society no better than when they left. He needs to be incarcerated in some way but I hope to God he gets some kind of help or this probably won't be the last time he tries to kill someone.
Adams longtime GF

Lancaster, PA

#10 Sep 25, 2008
First off, i agree to an extent that this was wrong, and he has learned and is being punished for his mistakes. He has remorse for what he has done. On the other hand a "sociopath" as what YORK101 stated Adam was does not. Adam did not have an intent to harm anyone. He loves his family and his family loves him. It was more of a act of rebelian. He is recieving help. The situation was over blown by the media. You should never beleive all that you read. There is more to the story that you all do not have knowledge of. And for all you who are judgemental and like to be quick to judge without getting the facts here is a quote to think about. "Who are you to judge the live i live? I am not perfect and i don't live to be. But, before you go pointing fingers, MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN.
truthteller

Chambersburg, PA

#12 Sep 25, 2008
My prayers are with the Wilt family. It is always tough when family problems are played out publicly.
mom in sg

Lancaster, PA

#13 Sep 25, 2008
i know adam and i pray for him. he really has alot going for him, honor student, top athlete and great artist. sometimes i feel that society, teachers, coaches and even parents put alot of pressure on gifted children. i recall several coaches even pressuring adam to compete for them. my kids know adam and were team mates of his and he put pressure on himself. adam will now have a break from all of this and he WILL be fine. vigalante bob has way too much time on his hands, maybe he should volunteer to help and try to understand troubled youth.
Adams longtime GF

Lancaster, PA

#14 Sep 25, 2008
"i know adam and i pray for him. he really has alot going for him, honor student, top athlete and great artist. sometimes i feel that society, teachers, coaches and even parents put alot of pressure on gifted children. i recall several coaches even pressuring adam to compete for them. my kids know adam and were team mates of his and he put pressure on himself. adam will now have a break from all of this and he WILL be fine. vigalante bob has way too much time on his hands, maybe he should volunteer to help and try to understand troubled youth."

Very well put mom in SG.=)
Karl Childers

United States

#15 Sep 25, 2008
he dunn sound gifted is raht......gifted in da pyroteknik arts.......ahz wunnder do dat York College dere give out a BA in dat?
former neighbor

Brookville, PA

#16 Sep 26, 2008
to adams girlfriend, he was wrong more than to an extent. but seriously, you are better off not reading any of this. this is a forum where people give their opionions and you aren't going to like what they say. i was just online looking at the york daily record, and i haven't lived in seven valleys in years, but when i read the caption my first thought was adam wilt. that kid gave me the creeps when i lived there. he was into lighting fires years ago, actually lit something near someones house, they saw it put it out. everyone felt bad for him...hes just a kid...everyone makes mistakes. everyone doesn't try to kill their parents and sister. move out and support yourself if you don't like rules.
vigalante bob

Rockville, MD

#17 Sep 26, 2008
Adams longtime GF wrote:
"i know adam and i pray for him. he really has alot going for him, honor student, top athlete and great artist. sometimes i feel that society, teachers, coaches and even parents put alot of pressure on gifted children. i recall several coaches even pressuring adam to compete for them. my kids know adam and were team mates of his and he put pressure on himself. adam will now have a break from all of this and he WILL be fine. vigalante bob has way too much time on his hands, maybe he should volunteer to help and try to understand troubled youth."
Very well put mom in SG.=)
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.
friend of adam

Philadelphia, PA

#18 Sep 26, 2008
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.
Well, you're absolutely right about two things:
1. Adam needs help. HELP is the operative word here. What he's getting isn't 3 to 10 years of help. The treatment he'll receive and behavior he'll witness in prison isn't what he needs. Prison doesn't remove criminals, it creates them. Adam has been in trouble before, but it was always minor things, such as the stuff listed above. But once he was put in juvie, and labeled a criminal, that's when things got bad.
I'd also just like o mention that, as hard as it may seem to believe from this article, Adam was, and still is an intelligent, gifted, and often compassionate person. He has enormous potential as an artist, athlete (unbelievable runner), and person. Unfortunately, all that potential is behind bars.
friend of adam

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Sep 26, 2008
I meant one thing.
Voice of Reason

Witmer, PA

#20 Sep 26, 2008
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.
Don't know him, but your solution merely excises the cancer for awhile. You have no understanding nor compassion for his ailment. He exibited psychopathic tendencies which is a mental defect. The key is to treat the illness and not merely put him away for awhile so you can say justice is served. Now if he is healed, then you can say lookie at him now, we don't have to fear him anymore.

But I know your type: You say it's better to convict 10 innocent men to get the one guilty man and you would turn in your own son as if he meant nothing to you. You are quick to judge and even quicker to exact your pound of vengence. Where is your compassion for his parents? For him? Do you really think that any sane person would even think of doing what he did? He shouldn't go to jail for you. He should get the help he needs for his family's sake, but unfortunately, if he is a psychopath, meaning without a conscience, there is no cure.
Adams Girlfriend

Lancaster, PA

#21 Sep 26, 2008
You all do have an opinion on this and i respect that, but with all do respect please have consideration for his family and friends and don't say such cruel comments. It would be greatly appreciated. Adam may be suffering the consequences but his family and friends are aswell. And the MEAN comments don't seem to help.

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