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Damage reports have police concerned

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Recent damage reports by local businesses have Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison urging skateboarders, and their parents, to be more aware of their activities.

"The child could be court ordered to perform community service and, if they have a job, forced to pay restitution for damages," Harrison said. "If the responsibility to pay for the damages is not placed on the minor child, then the parent could be made responsible."

With reports of parking blocks being removed, walls and sidewalks damaged from attempts to "ramp or bounce off" them and hanging around in areas after being asked to leave, Harrison said individuals could face various criminal mischief and trespassing charges or be potentially sued by the property owner.

"We don't like being the bad guys all the time," Harrison said. "I used to skateboard when I was a kid, so I understand how they feel. But the skateboarders, and their parents, need to understand if something is damaged, someone has to pay for it."

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But, Chief Harrison needs to understand that it is not appropriate for everyone to bring their children to work each afternoon as he does. Isn't this a conflict of interest, besides putting the kids in danger?

-- Posted by wilma on Tue, Oct 16, 2007, at 2:49 PM

I agree with Harrison on this one. If someone came to your house and damaged something then you would want them to pay for it. It is not a matter of taking your kids to work with you it is a matter of respecting someone elses property. When a sign says no loittering then it means keep off of the property but kids have come to learn that that does not apply to them. My kids were taught to respect others property. Kids have to have boundaries and I don't feel that this is saying that parents need to take their kids to work with them it is just stating that if property is damaged there will be consequences for what they do. Which now a days that is unheard of for our kids. I don't feel that you were right at all to bring his personal life into this matter. That was uncalled for.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Tue, Oct 16, 2007, at 3:25 PM

For once I agree with beatuiful978.....damage done by skateboarders to the property of business owners has nothing to do with Chief Harrison's kids! I think it's pretty safe to say the damage being done does not occur during the afternoon. I would be willing to say it happens after work hours and over the weekend. I see Chief Harrison's comments as being right on target........parents are responsible for their children's actions until they become of legal age. Period!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Tue, Oct 16, 2007, at 10:19 PM

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