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Youngest vandal will likely not be charged in Pretty Prairie vandalism incident

April 20, 2019 - 12:36 am

From a legal standpoint, at least one of the kids involved in the destruction of the Pretty Prairie bandroom earlier this month can't be charged because of a state law that says children younger than 10 years old are too young to be charged with crimes.

Following the vandalism to the band room in the Pretty Prairie school district, one question that followed is whether those responsible will be charged.

The youngest delinquent accused in the act of vandalism is eight years old.

Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder, who testified in front of state lawmakers before the Senate bill was signed, says that each case involving minors is unique and this limits what judges and prosecutors can do. The juvenile justice system is about rehabilitating children but the laws in place stop them from getting the help they need.

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