Three juvenile girls — ages 11-14 — accused in break-in, vandalism at Ridge View school

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By Damon Lawrence

Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said his department took out petitions in juvenile court for vandalism and burglary against the three female suspects who allegedly broke into and ransacked Ridge View Elementary School on May 24.

“Their ages were 11, 12 and 14,” Stinnett said.

Juvenile court is not one of public record, so what happens to the suspects if they’re found guilty of the charges might not be aboveboard.

If District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s perspective on juvenile court is any indication, a slap on the wrist could be forthcoming.

“When it’s juveniles, they don’t get thrown under the jail like everybody wants them to, because they’re not adults,” Johnson said. “Juvenile court is about rehabilitation, not incarceration.”  

Stinnett said the suspects damaged computers, a copier and several classrooms.

“If they’re juveniles, you can’t make them pay for it,” Johnson said.

Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the school system will have to pay a deductible, but the school’s insurance will cover the damages.