3 Juveniles, Ages 11 and 12, Accused of Burglarizing, Vandalizing Jefferson Elementary

Posted 4 weeks ago

By Scott Carlson

north_platte_patchThree North Platte juveniles have been accused of burglarizing and vandalizing Jefferson Elementary School.

At around 9:00 p.m., on June 30, officers from the North Platte Police Department responded to an alarm at Jefferson Elementary, 700 East 3rd Street.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that unknown persons had entered the school and vandalized it.

It was determined that three juveniles had  forcibly entered the building and ransacked the hallways, spilled food and condiments all over the cafeteria and kitchen, damaged paper towel dispensers, discharged fire extinguishers and damaged books, furniture and a computer in a classroom.

Additionally, police say the boys had stolen food, pens and pencils.

Through the use of the video surveillance system, officer were able to identify one of the suspects.

A little over an hour later, police located the three juveniles, ages 11, 12 and 12, at a residence in the 1100 block of East 5th Street.

Officer Rodney Brown said officers met with the families at the Police Department and, following further investigation, determined that there was probable cause to arrest the juveniles and charge them with felony burglary.

Brown said the trio was also charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief.  He said this charge may be amended to a felony, pending further investigation.

The three juveniles were released to the custody of their parents.


  • notjustn.p.foryou

    First of all where were the parents.

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    • they weren’t two

      they were 11 & 12 (not toddlers). it is still light out at 9:00 at night, on June 30th, 2014. 1100 block of 5th is not that far from the school. I am not condoning the actions of these children but, seriously to say where are their parents. My kids are home by the street lights and ride their bikes all over this town an don’t get into mischief. I for one am not going to spend every waking minute with my twelve year old son and create a sissy and a Mama’s boy because I refuse to let him grow and explore, and hold his little hand all the time. He will grow up unable to do anything on his own or to learn from mistakes. Allowing freedom also can cause issues but it also teaches lessons, its all about growing up and learning from your mistakes. M twelve year old is a good kid, and went to Jefferson, this is sad to see. but not all parents are bad parents and not all kids are bad kids

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      • rowdy1

        At 12 years old I don’t think the boys are going to be damaged by their parents knowing where they are at all times. I was a foster parent to a couple of kids this age. I had to keep my eye’s on them at all times because of the home life they were raised in. They were so grateful that someone actually took the time to care enough to know they were alive. Boys don’t become momma’s boys at age 12. I grew up on a farm, and had quite a bit of freedom, but my parents always knew where I was at and what I was doing. We deserve some alone time, is not excuse for not knowing where your kids are. If you’re to busy to know where they are now, watch out world when they get older. Respect and discipline can be taught without a belt, but it needs to be taught by the parents and not law enforcement.

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  • @They Weren’t 2

    So they should be charged and tried as Adults?

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    • they were two

      No not saying that at all. I just think that its silly for someone to immediately point out where were they’re parents? Do I agree its probably bad parenting? Yes I would have to say that I do. Behavior starts at home as our children grow, from infants into adulthood. Do I feel that these children should be punished and charged? Absolutely. Do I think that the parents should be held accountable also? Of course I do. I’m just simply stating that at their ages they should not need supervision 24/7. That, at this point in their lives they should be allowed minimal freedoms and liberties until something like this happens, and then by all means their activities should be stifled and then limited to community service and retribution to school and the community. As well as their parents maybe participating in a parenting class. And counseling for not only the parents but for the children involved. I am not saying my child is innocent, he has had his fair share of mess ups, but I guess I’m not the type of parent to take situations like this lightly. The above it was I would recommend the courts do for my child.

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  • One of the parents

    For one, these boys are old enough to go play on their own..they don’t need mommy and daddy holdin their hands..for two, us parents have the right to have some time to ourselves, so don’t worry where we were

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    • SMH

      Obviously they are not old enough to play on their own. They were not taught that breaking and entering and stealing are against the law.

      If you don’t have time for your kids, don’t be a parent. It is not the cops job to parent your children when you are having “time to yourself”.

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    • guess

      my kids are almost 10 and we will always show them from right or wrong. who cares what there age is you should always be watching your kids to show them from right and wrong. so you better check yourselves and the other parents. cause it seems like you don’t care about your kid (kids). so you better rethink yourselves before you post a comment that makes you look like a fool.

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    • parent of the year award for u

      YOUR AN IDIOT! A lot of information is slowly coming to the surface about this incident, these boys destroyed multiple lap tops, extinguished every fire extinguisher they could get their hands on, trashed the lunch room/gym, as well as the science department. and blatantly looked into the schools security camera and “flipped them off”, mouthed the words F@#K You! and you have this delusional idea that this is alright. Boys will be boys! BS these kids are facing felony charges as 11 and 12 year old’s. These young men are in serious trouble, had you been doing your job at home as a parent from the beginning of their life then you could probably say that they don’t need Mommy and Daddy to hold their hands. As parent of a child that was in the classroom with JV I can tell you that he was constantly causing issues and disrupting the class hindering the other children from learning and growing into young RESPONSIBLE children. Get a handle on your pride and accept the consequences that your bad parenting has made your child into today.

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    • L Smith

      Not raising your child. Not being a parent. Another set of misfits for our education dept to babysit.

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  • Name

    I live across from Jefferson and saw these boys running from the school. One of them has been nothing but trouble for the entire neighborhood. The Police were just over there within the last couple months getting him off the roof of the school. This child is left to run from sun up to sun down and while I agree children of this age can go out and play without supervision it is bad parenting to never bother to check on your kid. It is sad that these boys are in this much trouble at such a young age. Be a Parent and know what your child is doing. That is your job.

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  • NE Resident

    Let the courts handle the discipline. I would be going to jail if it was my kid.

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  • Teach

    What has to go so wrong in the child’s life that this is the resort?!?

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  • R u Kdiing me?

    12 yr olds do not belong out by them selves at 9pm, in a town full of child molesters, drunk drivers and speed freaks,(this is no longer Podunk Mayberry) chances are your bad parenting is the reason they were out destroying stuff, if your not willing to raise them to be respectful maybe you shouldn’t have any more kids,,obviously the kids freedom is your freedom, Stand up don’t make excuses Be a PARENT!!!

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  • jess

    I believe it starts with social services yanking kids out of home over spankings. Have u seen the post? ….how many parents have been incarcerated lately for disciplining their kids??? I would say between schools, hhs, and police parents are just a little bit scared. I took many good ole belt spankings as a child and I as a adult do not have a criminal record I work hard raise kids help anyone possible and respect others. I would say blame the higher authority. Parents r scared but lets do as hhs says and not spank not have a winner and loser…keep life fair for kids so we keep raising juvenile criminals…..way to go hhs u rock u know how to bring peace to the country…..not…..u r making people raise the next crazy kid that plots crazy stuff. Judge let these parents give them an old fashioned grab ur anckles belt spanking cause your diversion program and community service is not working!

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  • Heather Kinney

    You know, we know what was done at the school, we seen the pictures and were told what they did..I just may be the “step” parent here but I’m a good parent..unless you people really know what goes on in our homes, don’t judge us parents..none of our three girls have ever been in trouble like this so don’t try dragging out other peoples dirty laundry..least I can talk the talk on this with my real name, can you guys who are badmouthing us

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    • parent of the year award 4u

      this isn’t the first time JK has been in trouble before though is it Heather? Something about some car windows comes to mind, Pretty sure the other parent that’s child was involved with the car incident has got her child in check. Her son received the citizenship award as well as the principals award at Jefferson this year. He has learned from his mistakes and has a parent that knows where he is all of the time, (communication is key, he phones and lets her know what his plans are and who he is with). She knows that she can allow him freedoms and liberties because she knows that he has learned from his past mistakes and that getting into trouble like that is not the path that has chosen to go down that the consequences he faced after that issue were not where he wants to spend his present or future. He was forced to sell his belongings, due extra chores, and was on restriction for months, to pay for the restitution that came out of the court hearing. Some kids learn from their mistakes and some kids continue to get into trouble, which is sad JK has the potential to be a good kid, hes just making horrible decisions that are ultimately effecting not only his present but his future. It’s sad that he is displaying that bad attention is better then no attention?

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      • Heather Kinney

        True but with me not bein his “true” parents, there’s very lil I’m allowed to do with punishing him..this is why I said, my girls are or have ever been in trouble with the law

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        • rowdy1

          If I had girls, I wouldn’t even want him around a kid like this, I’d be saying if you can’t control him I’m running, not walking to the door. If this is how he gets attention now, what’s next? Oh that’s right, boys will be boys. I’d be afraid of what he might do to my girls once the hormones kick in. I also would not subject my children to this type of behavior. But I do commend you to being a good parent to your girls.

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          • Heather Kinney

            rowdy, I try to be a good parent to all the kids.. this one just doesn’t listen to anyone, not even the police..I have beats my kids butts so they know better, I just can’t to the other too..thank you for your praise too

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        • parent of the year award 4u

          and burn him with hot soup/noodles that you threw off of the table in a fit of rage. It doesn’t surprise me that he is a troubled child in the environment that you provide for him. This website, and your lack of parental discipline, self control, and continued anger in your household has given your whole family their 15 minutes of fame. From his father hitting the hot sheets for an altercation with your Male friend, to JK breaking into the school, and now you burning him.

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  • Juicehead

    I head these kids were protesting against Mr. Woodhead

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