Woodside: Teens, ages 13-16, rounded up in arson incidents at Woodside Elementary School The Local Dish, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Arson and vandalism at Woodside Elementary School over three days in early August have led deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to make two arrests in a roundup of seven teens from the local community, including four from Woodside and one from Portola Valley, authorities said. The teens admitted their involvement.
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Posted by Srini, a resident of another community, on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm
A parent stepped up to pay for the damages and private patrol? Outstanding! I can only hope that it is the parent of one of the vandals, and that they make the kid pay them restitution. A golden teaching opportunity.
Posted by Boardermom, a resident of the Woodside: Emerald Hills neighborhood, on Aug 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm
While it is great that the damage has been repaired, the courts and the DA should be holding these kids financially responsible through their sentencing. Having someone else rescue them and clean up their mess is a very bad message, however well intentioned.
Posted by Black Dog, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2011 at 1:17 am
Let's do the math: 7 kids: 5 from Woodside/PV and 2 from Redwood City...hmmm.... 2 of the kids are paying for their crimes (ARSON!!!) in juevinile hall and 5 are getting a relative slap on the wrist while a parent pays for the damages. What are we learning? Money buys you out of anything, no matter how severe. Unreal.
Posted by William, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Unfortunately, I'm not surprised by these events or that our rich, young kids have some much free time (hence, the "boredom"). Although the group seems to represent a melange of public and private schools, I note that only St. Francis of the schools "represented" by our young felons actually has specific classes on morality and ethics (i.e. religion classes). Coincidence or not?
Posted by My2Bits, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm
Question for readers: This incident took place early August, roughly one month into school summer vacations. The article lists the schools, yet the schools have absolutely no control over what kids do off campus during vacations. I suspect the schools still don't know the identity of some of these kids. Should the schools be informed of 'off season' issues like this and should such activities be subject to school disciplinary actions? If it happened during the school year on on home campus it would surely be a big deal and maybe even expulsion-worthy - but how about in this case? Just curious - your opinion?
Posted by Neighbor, a resident of the Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Morals and values begin at a young age. Based on the variety of secondary schools listed, these children most likely met in elementary school. If they went to Woodside Elementary School, where the damage occurred, I wouldn't be surprised why they did this. When you have parents binge drinking at auctions where some students sneak peeks and see this as well as moms dancing in red satin bras with see through tops at the school fundraiser, it is no surprise this is the outcome of the kids. It is a pity that the schools were mentioned and that this school paid a heavy price for the damage of its own students, when ultimately the parents are the ones who model this behavior and do not allow the school to maintain rules about parent behavior on campus at its fundraisers. If this things happen on campus, who knows what the children are exposed to at home.
Posted by narnia, a resident of another community, on Aug 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm
I'm so glad none of the teenagers were from East Palo Alto or they woud have had a criminal record waiting for them and damaging their lives. There would be no shortage of indignation if race and social standing were different. The only good thing coming out of this is that now we know just where the authorities stand , if arson, with an explosive no less, is to be considered to mild an offense for consequences for the perpetrator. Where is the law when we need it?
Posted by sara, a resident of the Portola Valley: other neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm
And what exactly were they doing with baseball bats and mail boxes?
If they were using gasoline to start the fires, how was that transported, in a car I assume. Over the course of 3 days?! These are troubled kids involved in potentially very dangerous criminal activities and they need to be shamed and then taught that this will not be tolerated in our community. I feel badly for the other younger kids at Woodside Elementary that they were exposed to this and the fears they may now have.
Posted by Horkan, a resident of the Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2011 at 4:39 am
rich kids with too much time on their hands with parents who are out chasing money and pushing their causes. now the kids and parents can reflect on this and rebound and learn or fizzle which probably will be the case.
Posted by student1, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Nov 10, 2011 at 7:15 am
clearly none of you know what actually happened here. But fortunately i know the entire story. In a nutshell, the kids who were sent to juvie were the ones actually committing the crimes. The others were not even there and basically were friends of those kids. Then the guilty teens tagged them in a facebook post; they were guilty by association. So therefore they were sentenced to classes and community service for......Being friends with the wrong people. They actually did nothing wrong. So all of you who believe money bought them out, I beg to differ. Those who actually did the crime, were sentenced to a couple months in jail.