Unique Sentence for Teens Who Vandalized Menorah

Three teens pleaded guilty to criminal damaging charges for twisting a large decorative menorah in the front yard of an Arizona family’s home into a swastika. In addition to community service and a letter of apology, they will be required to meet with a holocaust survivor, the judge ruled.

From The JTA:

The teens, who were arrested in March and charged as juveniles in the December incident in a residential neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona, offered the guilty pleas Thursday in Maricopa County Court.

They were sentenced to serve 30 hours of community service, along with writing an apology letter to the victims and paying restitution. They also must meet with a Holocaust survivor and write an essay on what they learned about the Holocaust and how their desecration of the menorah affected the community, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix reported.

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  • free at last, free at last... thank G-D almighty...free at last

    there is too much hate in this world

  • attorney

    This is the essence and beauty of justice. Bravo to the judge for recognizing ignorance as the root of this baseless hatred.

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the meeting(s).

  • hopeful

    This punishment fits the crime. It was done out of hate, and ignorance. This punishment will educate them. And have to pay restitution, and an essay? Wow, that’s a real lesson. Hopefuly they will pass this onto their friends. They won’t mess with yidden again.