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Vandalism is never to be tolerated, yet far too often, society puts up with the antics of hooligans who have little or no regard for the property of others. What happened in a Draper park a few weeks ago, though, was such a wanton act of indiscriminate vandalism that it demands more than passing attention. It warrants full accountability by those who did the terrible deed.
The video tells the tale. Words, quite frankly, are superfluous.
There in Galena Hills Park in mid-July, someone went on an ecological killing spree. For some curious and malicious reason, the culprits broke, thereby destroying, 62 recently planted 12-foot-tall trees - just jumped on them and snapped them in half, one right after another.
It was indeed a "stomach-turning" site, as one Draper official described it.
Thankfully, surveillance video and tips from the public led to the arrest a few weeks later of a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old. Let every other teenager who may be inclined to such criminal mischief in the name of a few hours of so-called fun be made aware of the hard fact that those two suspects now face felony charges.
As we said, this is an instance where full accountability is in order so as to send a strong message that such wanton vandalism simply won't be tolerated.