Photo leads to arrest in EPA school vandalism Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jan 23, 2008 at 10:46 am
Police arrested a juvenile suspect Tuesday in connection with the weekend vandalisms of two East Palo Alto grade schools, alleging the boy left behind a Polaroid photograph of himself at the crime scene.
Posted by Frederick, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm
Kudos to Wells Fargo for helping out with repairs.
A good future investment would be for video surveillance cameras on all K-12 campuses. PAUSD has had continuing problems with vandalism, as well.
We need to put criminal elements on notice that there are strict deterrents in place. We should also be prosecuting those caught to the fullest extent of the law.
Appropriate punishment for young vandals would be forced community service that involves *compulsory* participation in repair of destroyed property, accompanied by a compulsory public apology, in the public square.
Posted by keanolo, a resident of the University South neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2008 at 3:44 pm
This otrageous destruction of both schools was definitely Mexican street gang related. The spray painted graffitti was done in the color blue to signify Sureno o Trece(13), synomous with Southern Mexican gang membership. Blue is the color symbol of their gang. All things are exhalted and signified via the color Blue. Isn't it truly a shame the here in the Bay area we have to tolerate such barbarism? If we don't do something about this soon Palo alto will be infected and slowly it will succumb to the same lawlessness and violence which is East Palo Alto.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2008 at 4:10 pm
The whole thing sounds like gang initiation including the polaroid photo (who has polaroid cameras nowadays?) This guy should be watched both by the parents and the police and kept away from his so called friends (or as is probably the case the older siblings/cousins friends).
Posted by Servant, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Jan 25, 2008 at 11:11 am
Its very sad to see that these are young teens that are going down the criminal path if they are not punished and taught a lesson..I am glad that I serve an Awesome God and to him nothing is impossible!! He has the power to get these teens out of trouble.My prayer together with my Pastor and former church members will start working immediately to see this city full of the Glory of God..Amen!!