Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2006

Candy teens are interviewed; no charges filed

January 19, 2006

Five Baldwin City teenagers used poor judgment, but broke no laws last week when they offered candy to small children from their cars, according to Baldwin Police Chief Mike McKenna.

Police received about 20 calls last Monday from parents in the FireTree subdivision regarding reports from their youngsters that they were being offered candy from people in cars. The callers also provided license plate numbers of the two vehicles involved and police quickly found the car owners.

An investigation followed and McKenna took the information from that to the Douglas County District Attorney Tuesday where it was determined that no charges would be filed.

"We investigated it," said McKenna. "We got the names of all the teenagers involved in it. We talked to most of the parents.

"It doesn't appear at this point that any laws were broken, but there was a lot of poor judgment," he said. "The district attorney and I discussed it yesterday."

There were two cars used, with four teens in one and a lone teen in another. They stopped where youngsters were on their way home from school and asked them if they wanted some candy. The youngsters followed the training they had had and ran to tell their parents.

"I was impressed by the children who were approached," said McKenna. "They had been told what to do and they did what they were supposed to. The adults did, too, by getting the tag numbers and reporting it to police."

Police also were able to find out why the Baldwin High School students did what they did.

"They thought it would be funny to watch the reaction of the children," said McKenna. "At the expense of the children, the teenagers were amused."

He said that the teens admitted to having a camera to record the reactions, but whether there was film in it or not couldn't be determined. He also said that at least some of the teens involved have faced the wrath of their own parents, if not that of the judicial system.

"Although there were no state laws broken, there were some parental laws broken," said McKenna. "The teenagers are facing that with their parents."

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