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Kay Syvrud, Hawley, Letter: Prankster 'artists' get pass from police

After learning, via a radio newscast today, that the Fargo Police Department had decided not to prosecute the doofus(es) who planted the bomb-like object on the stairs leading to a downtown coffee shop a few weeks ago, I am truly disgusted that t...

After learning, via a radio newscast today, that the Fargo Police Department had decided not to prosecute the doofus(es) who planted the bomb-like object on the stairs leading to a downtown coffee shop a few weeks ago, I am truly disgusted that this is going to be "let go."

This is not a harmless "prank" and should not be excused by "weekend drunkenness" as one previous letter writer to The Forum lamely defended the action of the "artist" (and I use that term loosely). Any possible bomb-planting in an urban area is not "prank." It is a serious offense that should be treated as such. Letting this sort of thing go could lead to more "copy-cat" pranks of a similar nature.

In fact, do we already have a copy-cat" incident in Fargo? Today's (Dec. 7) Forum reported on Page A6, the apprehension and referral to juvenile authorities of a 10- and 11-year-old boy and girl who made a false bomb threat on Nov. 30 in a south Fargo apartment complex. This occurred a short time after the "computer/head" bomb scare in downtown Fargo was highly publicized in both local print and TV/radio media sources.

There are scores of weirdos out there, even in blissful Fargo-Moorhead. And there are many of them seeking their own twisted version of fame by copy-catting other crimes and misdemeanors.

It is a huge mistake by the Fargo police to not prosecute the one(s) who perpetrated the bomb scare in earlier November. Could those two preteen children in south Fargo have taken that idea from the downtown incident and decided to have their own little hoax at everyone else's expense?

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Such stupidity should not be overlooked by police or juvenile authorities. And it should not give these sorts of perpetrators the publicity they obviously crave.

Kay Syvrud, Hawley, Letter: Prankster 'artists' get pass from police 20071216

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