By Ted Slowik
Naperville police on Monday said they are looking for vandals who spray-painted graffiti on at least 15 homes and cars and two churches on Naperville's south side Sunday night. Who would do such a thing?
I'll tell you who--some bored kids. I'll speculate that the offenders -- three to five of them -- are white, male, between the ages of 13 and 17 and come from upper middle-class families. It's summer, and they're bored, and they haven't yet learned to respect the property of others.
The extent of the vandalism, not to mention the fact that houses of worship were targeted, makes this a serious offense. (Police said the spray-painted churches do not appear to be hate crimes.) I hope the hoodlums are caught and that some serious community service hours are part of their punishment.
Do you agree, or is this just a case of "boys will be boys?" Should the offenders -- like the Neuqua Valley bell-nappers -- be scolded by their parents and their families made to pay restitution, but not charged with a criminal offense?