Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Boy Failed To Heed Smokey The Bear's Warning About Playing With Matches -by Legal Pub
Today's education of our youth is clearly deficient. Parents depend upon teachers while teachers depend on parents all resulting in certain fundamental truths not being taught. One such truth is "Thou Shall Not Play With Matches." Now a boy, whose name and age are not public knowledge, has apparently admitted to sparking an October 21st fire according to Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Diane Hecht. "He admitted to playing with matches and accidentally starting the fire," she explained.
The child was released to his parents. It is not clear whether the district attorney will file charges. The fire apparently began near Agua Dulce. It was one of 15 major fires that killed 14 people, destroyed some 2,100 homes and blackened 809 square miles from Los Angeles to the Mexican border. Five people have been arrested for arson during that period. Legal Pub believes all should be prosecuted (the child as a juvenile) and that the public should be forced to watch Smokey the Bear who at the end of all films should say, "Arsonists will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." This boy and his parents may be held responsible in civil court to pay monetary damages for the 21 homes the fire destroyed. Parents, this is your wake up call! Whether the boy is 10 or 14 it will not likely affect the civil liability. It may affect whether he is charged as a juvenile.