Five teenagers are being accused of vandalism in connection to damage done to an historic building. Ashburn Colored School, located in Loudoun County, Virginia, is a one room building built in the 19th century as a school for African-American children. In early October, the building was spray-painted on three sides. Police have now served juvenile petitions to five teenagers, who face serious juvenile crimes charges in connection to the vandalism.
A young man is facing serious trouble after a school resource officer claims that he stole a carton of milk from the school's cafeteria. The case has received widespread attention, and ties in with the current national dialogue about police involvement with people of color. The story has many parents in Virginia and elsewhere concerned about the role of police in the school setting, and about whether their own child could face accusations of juvenile crimes for seemingly minor offenses.