Al­leged teen van­dal­ism spree con­tin­ues

The News-Times (Sunday) - - From The Front Page/news - By Han­nah Dellinger

GREEN­WICH — Karen Caliri, one of more than a dozen Martha’s Vine­yard home­own­ers im­pacted by a rash of van­dal­ism al­legedly com­mit­ted by Green­wich teens last week, said the worst part about the or­deal is her ex­pec­ta­tion that those re­spon­si­ble will never face any real con­se­quences.

“It was in­ten­tional, mean, nasty, stupid van­dal­ism,” she said. “The peo­ple who live on the is­land year­round are nor­mal folks with chil­dren and fam­i­lies and they are all ap­palled that there is no par­ent­ing in­volved in this sit­u­a­tion. That is the worst that has come of this.”

Early on Dec. 21, Edgar­town, Mass., po­lice of­fi­cers re­ceived re­ports of bro­ken fences, dam­aged street lamps,smashed glass doors, shat­tered win­dows and more at mul­ti­ple pri­vate prop­er­ties and one lot owned by the town, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the de­part­ment.

When of­fi­cers stopped by a home to ques­tion teenage sus­pects, a po­lice re­port says they found liquor bot­tles, beer cans and solo cups lit­tered in the house. A girl told po­lice she and 15 friends, most of whom were from Green­wich, were stay­ing at her par­ents’ house, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Two of the boys — one 18 and one 17 — who were with the group were charged for the van­dal­ism, said Po­lice Chief Bruce McNamee. The 16-year-old girl, whose house the group stayed at, was is­sued a sum­mons for fur­nish­ing al­co­hol to mi­nors, the chief said on Fri­day.

The group of teens came and left the is­land on a char­tered jet, McNamee told the Vine­yard Gazette.

Gavin Scotti 3rd, 18, of Green- wich, and a 17-year-old boy have been charged with 14 counts of de­fac­ing or dam­ag­ing prop­erty, McNamee said. The names of the 17-year-old boy and the 16-year-old girl who were charged were not re­leased to the pub­lic be­cause they are mi­nors.

At­tempts to reach Scotti and his fam­ily were un­suc­cess­ful on Fri­day.

“It makes us think that in Green­wich, Con­necti­cut chil­dren are not taught any re­spon­si­bil­ity or man­ners,” said Caliri. “And what do the par­ents do? They take care of you and take you home on a pri­vate jet. We’re av­er­age Amer­i­cans here and we were not brought up that way.”

Caliri said the most “out­ra­geous” tid­bit is the fact that a 16-year-old girl’s par­ents jet­ted her and her friends to the is­land without su­per­vi­sion.

“It’s like Brett Ka­vanaugh syn­drome,” Caliri said, re­fer­ring to the Supreme Court jus­tice who was ac­cused of as­sault­ing a girl while a wealthy prep school stu­dent. “It’s the same thing: rich kids be­hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately and get­ting away with it. They are not held ac­count­able.”

It’s es­pe­cially wor­ri­some, Caliri said, be­cause the same priv­i­leged chil­dren who al­legedly com­mit­ted the van­dal­ism may be­come the part of the next gen­er­a­tion of the coun­try’s elite.

“I don’t think they will them­selves feel ac­count­able or try to change their at­ti­tudes about par­ent­ing,” she said of the teens’ guardians. “I’m sure they grew up the same way they are rais­ing their chil­dren.”

News of the van­dal­ism gar­nered strong on­line re­ac­tions.

“Those kids should have been kept in jail and/or have a sig­nif­i­cant bail — es­pe­cially for a felony,” wrote one com­menter on the on­line Vine­yard Gazette story.

“Ob­vi­ously the par­ents were in the know, al­low­ing use of the pri­vate plane. Shame­ful to so dis­re­spect and harm your neigh­bors,” posted an­other.

Other com­menters to the Gazette were more for­giv­ing.

“There is no doubt that this is a tough and un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion,” wrote one, who iden­ti­fied as an Edgar­town res­i­dent. “I be­lieve it was just teen stu­pid­ity. The fact that they came in a pri­vate plane does not make them bad peo­ple. It makes them wealthy. Teens all over the is­land, state of CT and the world do stupid things. Prop­er­ties can and will be re­paired. Grate­ful no one was hurt.”

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