The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 8, 2002


Carlisle youth identified in school vandalism

A 14-year-old Carlisle youth has been charged with responsibility for vandalism of a school window on October 14. The incident was discovered by school officials on the morning of October 15, and has been under investigation since that time.

The youth, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, was seen by younger kids at the time the window was broken and was identified by past school yearbooks. Police chief David Galvin said the case is being assigned to the Restorative Circle and will be the second Carlisle incident to be handled in this way.

The Restorative Circle program is an alternative to a regular court procedure. Volunteers work with parents, police and the offender(s), plus the party that has been injured (in this case, school officials) to work out a resolution of the problem that is acceptable to all parties and permits the offender to take responsibility for the harm done The case is concluded when the parties agree to the solution and the restoration is complete. There is no court record, because the situation has not been referred to the court. Carlisle has recently begun a training program for persons interested in using the technique with individuals who have come to police attention because of teenage drinking.

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