Students Could Avoid Charges in Vandalism of Arlington High School - NBC10 Boston

Students Could Avoid Charges in Vandalism of Arlington High School

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    14 Students Suspected in School Vandalism

    Officers responded to Arlington High School on Massachusetts Avenue last Wednesday, police and the town's superintendent announced Tuesday. Responders found damaged property inside the building, as well as a swastika and anti-gay slurs outside.

    (Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018)

    Fourteen boys accused of spray-painting a swastika and anti-gay slurs on a Massachusetts high school will avoid criminal charges if they participate in a program called restorative justice.

    Police say the boys also vandalized equipment inside Arlington High School, damaging fire extinguishers, vending machines, display cases and an emergency defibrillator. The damage was discovered May 2.

    Officials say the boys will be offered the chance to participate in a program that gives victims the opportunity to meet with offenders and offer ideas about possible restitution. If the boys decline to participate, they could face criminal prosecution.

    The decision was made in consultation with the Arlington Human Rights Commission, the Anti-Defamation League and the Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow.

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