Kids deserved a warning

Thank you to Kay Heller of Stanwood who wrote about a situation with the Marysville Police Department (“Sobriety test: Police nearly let drunk driver go,” Sept. 14). We have another experience with them, to the other extreme.

We received a call from the Marysville Police Department this past summer asking us to come and get our children. An officer was holding them at a gas station in town. When my husband arrived, the police officer told him that our oldest son is lucky the jail was full that night or he might have gone there. Our youngest stood by wondering what he hads done wrong. My husband could not get a word in as to what had happened. Finally, the officer told my husband that he was writing out criminal trespassing citations in the second degree for skateboarding and that it was kids like ours that made a skateboard park in Marysville impossible. These boys were not out to do wrong. They thought they would get one skate in before heading home. Meanwhile, there were several speeding cars on State Street, but the officer felt that the crime our sons committed was definitely more important.

What has happened to our society? A warning would have taken care of the situation with our kids. We trust them that they would have listened and responded. Skateboarding should definitely not be at the top of the list for criminal behavior in Marysville.


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