BioPark Vandals

The vandalism at the BioPark is very sad. The vandals and their parents must receive some punishment, though I don’t think it should haunt them the rest of their lives.

I wonder why this story wasn’t reported when it happened. A full week passed before the BioPark banned the school and that’s when it became news. How did the story remain uncovered until then? mjh

ABQjournal: City Sues Over BioPark Damage By Andrea Schoellkopf, Journal Staff Writer

The lawsuit names Charles Aragon and his mother, Tina Aragon; Desiree Gallegos and her aunt, Elene Marquez; Randy Kowalchuck [whose mother is in prison] and his grandmother, Helen Aragon; and Veronica Rodriguez and her stepfather, Joe Ramos. [mjh: I don’t idolize the “Father Knows Best” model of 50’s families with 2.5 well-behaved kids. But you don’t have to be a social scientist to notice those families are non-nuclear.]

“I asked him, ‘Why did you do it?’ ” [Helen Aragon] said. “You know what he told me? ‘Everybody else was doing it.’ ”

Since then, she said, her grandson has been very depressed and quiet “as if he’s so worried about something.”

She said her grandson, who will turn 13 next month, spends most of his time at home with her watching movies or playing games. Recently, he has begun playing basketball and football with other children.

That little boy has had a rough life and he keeps more to himself,” she said. [mjh: the next Cho?>]

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