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Okay guys, this happened a few months ago near my area. Three kids aged somewhere between 9-13 went up to the three big mountains that are so familiar to everyone in our town. Their parents had either left them home alone or let them be for a while because they climbed up there unknown to anyone. They evidently had matches and started playing with them. It set a fire that burned all three mountains, killed a dog, some llamas, and burned down someone's house. Luckily the police had evacuated the house owners in time, otherwise they, too would have perished.

They almost killed someone. You want to know their punishment? Absolutely nothing. It was said that they MAY do community service, but that was the worst of it. It impacted a lot of us, and on the drive home I saw a lot of people standing outside their homes, watching in shock as the fire fighters tried to put it out. As I heard it took a day and a half to fully put it out. The next day a strong gust of wind blew and you could see the ash rise off the mountains like fog, and the air didn't clear till later that evening. I can't remember the distance the fire traveled, but it was a big number.

I'll see if I can't get a before and after picture for you guys, if I have some in my other pictures.
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13xBleedingLovex13 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.. and seriously no punishment?! If someone else destroyed that many acres someone else, like all houses or buildings, then they'd go to jail for a long time.. why should they not be punished for their crimes?
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Nullibicity Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Because they are young. I am rather harsh on the kids in my mind because, though they may not know better, they should at least have common sense. They knew it was wrong but were too immersed in the thrill. I think a night in jail might have taught them to perhaps listen to their gut and logic.

On the other hand I would be scared and run away, too, if the fire spread. It still doesn't change the fact, however, that if they told someone, a lot of acres and memories could have been spared. That place was a big camping sight for us and brought in a lot of people to our town... now that's it's gone I'm not sure how much our town will suffer.
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13xBleedingLovex13 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, even if they were young, they need to be taught discipline, so they don't make the same mistake again.

Yeah I get that they were probably scared, and that they are young, but I think they should have turned themselves in.. just own up to what they did. They defiantly didn't look at the consequences of what could've happened. They really need to see how much damage will be done because of what they did.
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Nullibicity Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly. But our government, as well as our city officials, didn't see the need to punish. I, however, think differently.

They have seen it. These mountains are visible from everywhere in our town, and so they have to look at what they did daily, which is enough for me I suppose. Part of me wonders where the hell the parents were... aren't you supposed to keep better track of your kids?!
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13xBleedingLovex13 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If we had logical people running our towns and cities then maybe the world wouldn't be such a stupid place.. ><

You would think parents would do their job, but no, I think those kids are as stupid as their parents. I don't think they care about that daily reminder.. cause they will just go on living without thinking about it, because they did something wrong and learned that they can get away with it. So they will do it again.
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Nullibicity Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Lol

While our city officials may be soft on kids when it concerns punishment (which I can understand, but only to a point), they no doubt gave the kids a stern talking to. The cops here are no joke... The kids probably cried, and I doubt they'd do it again... and by that I mean: I'm sure they WILL play with matches again, just not in this town.
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13xBleedingLovex13 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is better then nothing.. so I'm glad they at least got a stern talking to.
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Nullibicity Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, as am I.

Thanks for your comment!! :hug:
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