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November 3, 2017

Teens face felony charges for painted racial slurs

Two Fauquier teenagers face a felony and two misdemeanor charges each after allegedly spray painting racial and graphic images on a public roadway and private property in Calverton.

Fauquier sheriff’s deputies responded to two separate incidents early Friday morning, Nov. 3, according to Sgt. James Hartman. 
At approximately 7 a.m., a passerby reported graphic images and a racial slur painted on pavement in the 8600 block of Bastable Mill Road, Sgt. Hartman wrote in a press release. 
A property owner at 9:20 a.m. reported a racial slur painted on a building in the 4100 block of Catlett Road. 
“Deputies quickly developed suspects and obtained juvenile petitions Friday afternoon for two Fauquier County males, both 15 years of age,” Sgt. Hartman said. “Each juvenile suspect is charged with two counts of destruction of property not his own, a misdemeanor; and entering the property of another for the purpose of damaging it, because of race, religious conviction, color or national origin of the owner, a felony.”
He asked that anyone information about the incident or others contact the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office at 540-347-3300. A caller’s identity may remain anonymous.  

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Capt C · November 8, 2017 at 11:05 am
Well I be darned BJ and I agree.

Not sure the felony carries over to adult hood when charged as a juvenile.

Holding the parents responsible sounds all well and good but in reality a bad idea. The right to discipline your own child has been taken away, this is the reason some act the way they do. To add, remember when little Johnny got in trouble for getting a bad grade, but now it is the teacher that gets in trouble for little Johnny getting a bad grade?

Capt C · November 8, 2017 at 10:50 am
citizen observer · November 7, 2017 at 8:12 am
That's how the legal system works. The maximum charges are placed when arrested and can then be bartered down by attorneys. Racial slurs probably carry the felony charge.

The laws need to be updated to hold parents liable for the activities of their underage children. That would clean up a lot of messes, including gang crimes.
BJ · November 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm
I agree with molly33. A good lesson would be cleaning up the mess they made, and working community service under the guidance of someone that the racial slur was against (including the parents if they feel this way too). Walk in someone else's shoes.

"Prejudice is a learned trait. You're not born prejudiced; you're taught it." Charles R. Swindoll
molly33 · November 4, 2017 at 7:27 am
I don't know what the slur was and I certainly don't condone destruction of property or racial slurs, but I think charging two 15 year-old-boys with a felony is not warranted. A felony will destroy their lives - they won't be able to vote, have a decent career, or own a firearm. I don't know these boys but I hope the judge will be lenient in this case.
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