To the Editor,
My concern lies with the way bonds are set. In the past few months, I have seen a rash of crimes, from arson, to assault, to animal cruelty and breaking and entering. I have also noticed a higher bond rate for Native Americans than non-native people.
The kids who broke into Hilly Branch where wrong. Their bonds were set extremely high; the four kids who set fire to hay bales and burned down the historic house in Fairmont and broke into the fire house, their bonds were ridiculously low.
What is the precedent? Are Native American youths being targeted? Is there a precedent on how bonds are set? We all, for the most part, love our children and we want the best for them, but when they do wrong, don’t let your influences cover for them.
I am placing this on our judicial system. If the charge is arson, set the bond accordingly; if the charge is assault, likewise.
These kids need to be in school, not behind bars, but when you set a bond at $25,000, you are telling me you want them to be part of the system.
Jeff McNeill Sr.