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16-year-old charged with felony arson in house party fire

Original post made on May 5, 2014

A 16-year-old Mountain View teen is being charged as an adult with felony arson in connection with the fire that destroyed a home on Fordham Way in March.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:21 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by MVHS parent, a resident of Waverly Park
on May 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Can we PLEASE avoid any comments and speculation about kids we've never met, their parents, their schools, their neighbors, etc? How about if we all sit back and let justice be served?


Posted by parent, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm

So what high school did he attend? Was he a good student or a punk?


Posted by MVHS parent, a resident of Waverly Park
on May 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

What high school he attended is completely irrelevant to his partying weekend behavior. Has NOTHING to do with this.


Posted by A Citizen of the United States , a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm

So, a young kid who made a mistake can be charged as an adult, yet these kids can't do any other adult things like buy cigarettes, alcohol, or go to a strip club?? Yeah, that makes perfect sense..... What is this world, better yet, this "justice" system coming to.... What a shame... What a shame. The goal of the justice system and police is to "serve and protect", and I don't see any injuries or deaths involved in this situation. All materialistic things that can be REPLACED, yet people are treating it like someone lost their life. Come on now, open your eyes people. What a shame. This kid should not be charged as an adult, period.


Posted by A Citizen of the United States, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Oh, and lets not make assumptions or generalizations based on their school, where they live, or the type of parenting they received. Kids make mistakes, and everyone knows that.


Posted by l2zhang, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm

l2zhang is a registered user.

To "A Citizen of the United States",

I guess you do not live in the neighbourhood where the fire occurs. If you do, you would form a different opinion. Yes, luckily no one was at the fire scene to be injurred. But the house was trashed and totally distroyed and if the fire spread, the neighbour's houses will be burnt down as well. I think to be tried as an adult it is adequte for the crime that the kid committed.


Posted by PeaceLove, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

PeaceLove is a registered user.

Charging a 16-year-old as an adult for what seems to be a dumbass mistake makes sense if you ask why. The artist/journalist Molly Crabapple wrote recently about the court system, and who it serves: Web Link


Posted by l2zhang, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm

l2zhang is a registered user.

Sorry it is a stupid mistake. But who would set other people's property on fire????????????????????????????????? It is not a serious crime or what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If a kid is that unresponsible, should he not be punished? Not sure why there are people try to minimize the crime?????


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