Father Will Not Be Prosecuted For Locking 4 Bratty Vandals In A Closet
I’m not the type of person who often laments about “kids these days” and how terrible they are. Generally, I think kids are kids and are allowed to make a mistake or two. They’re no better or worse today than they were a generation or two ago. But then I will hear a story about some little shits who cause thousands of dollars in damages to an elderly man’s home, and all I want to do is weep for humanity.
Earlier in the month Jesse Daniels, from Clyde, NY, was checking on his father-in-law’s home, which is under renovations, when he discovered four boys vandalizing the property. The meddlesome little jackanapes, all between the ages of eight and ten, were brandishing sledge hammers and making enough noise that they were heard from a neighboring home.
Daniels proceeded to take the hammers away from the boys and corralled them into a closet until the police arrived. I think it’s important to note that these kids didn’t just break in to smoke cigarettes and fool around, or whatever tween-age scamps do nowadays. No, they caused approximately $40,000 in damages, including 17 broken windows, dozens of large holes in the walls. The toilets were smashed and there was graffiti ABC6 described as “derogatory to women” spray painted everywhere. Check out the photos the guys took in the video below. They are bananas.
Daniels believes that the boys broke into the home after being reprimanded for trespassing earlier in the week. Daniels’ wife had asked the boys to stay off of the property, but they didn’t listen. Now the twerps are being charged with burglary and criminal mischief.
The parents of the boys were understandably embarrassed…no wait. Nope. Actually they are pissed off at Daniels and wanted him prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Seriously. According to the parents, Daniels threatened the boys with a hammer and handled them “roughly.”
Are we supposed to believe the word of four unruly hellions over the full grown adult who found them vandalizing an old man’s home? Because that makes tons of sense. Especially since one of the kids reportedly told Daniels that it was his mother who ordered them to vandalize the home.
Paul Bowler, father of two of the boys, seemed less than contrite:
“I understand they were in the wrong, but there are other ways to handle it. He (Daniels) knew who the kids were. It’s not like they were strangers. And send the kids home and call the cops then.”
Daniels was originally charged with child endangerment but thankfully the Wayne county district attorney’s office has decided against prosecuting him.
None of the news reports mention how old the homeowner is, but considering that Daniels is 53, they must be at least in their 70s. The parents of these brats should be worrying less about how the awful old meanie neighbor was super rude to their precious snowflakes and worry more about raising a kid who won’t cause thousands of dollars in damages because they were told no.
Now get off my lawn.