I was so amazed by the comment quoted in the Deseret News Oct. 27 of one of the youths who has been charged in the string of 21 armed robberies. He is upset that the media "is saying we're bad kids," and he went on to say that "he and his friends are good students with ambitious goals who just got caught in something stupid."
What they have done is worse than bad. Senseless vandalism, like bashing mailboxes and smashing wind-shields, is bad enough. Committing armed robbery is absolutely criminal. Good students understand the consequences of their actions, not just how to get a good grade in school. Good students are the ones whose public life and private life are honorable. To all truly good students, these comments were offensive.Liz Cowan
Salt Lake City