A violent incident has led to criminal charges for four young men in Manassas, Virginia. One of the young men is only 17 years of age, yet faces serious juvenile crimes charges. As he prepares his defense in the matter, he faces grave potential ramifications if a conviction is obtained against him.
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.
Raising a child can be difficult, especially for parents who do not have substantial support. When kids reach a certain age, controlling their behavior and choices becomes nearly impossible. For most Virginia parents, the teenage years are a time of high stress and high drama before kids move on to begin their adult lives. Sometimes, however, teenagers make poor choices that can lead to juvenile crimes charges. Such charges can shape the course of the rest of their lives.