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Police say young teens smashed Red Line windows at JFK/UMass, then attacked cabbie with hammer, bottle and spit

Transit Police report arresting a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old on charges related to an incident last night at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop.

A third kid, 13, was not arrested, but was given a summons to appear in court, police say.

According to police, officers responded to the station around 10:45 p.m. on a report of some people smashing windows on a Red Line train:

A group of juveniles while on the Ashmont platform began kicking and striking Red Line train car windows breaking them in the process. The group then proceeded to the Station's pick up drop off area and approached an off duty cab driver/victim. The juveniles told the victim they wanted a ride, the victim explained to the group he was not working and was there to pick up a family member. The group responded by spitting on him, attacking him with a hammer and a glass bottle. A witness then pointed out the offending juveniles to responding officers.

According to police: "Victim was struck with the bottle, the hammer was swung at him he was able to duck and the spit landed on his body. "

The 14-year-old boy was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon - a glass bottle - while the 16-year-old girl was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon - a hammer. The 13-year-old boy was charged with spitting on the cab driver.

Police say they are reviewing surveillance video to determine who should be charged for the damage to two train windows.

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For these kids. I’d like to have it, but I’m struggling. I hope the cabbie is ok.

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What is the proper penalty for these youths who terrorized passengers on both the red line and orange line causing train delays for thousands of commuters then attacking a cab driver with a hammer and spitting on him? Should they have been arrested or should they have been issued a summons?

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Their parents need to be involved in their lives in positive ways or they need to be placed in a structured situation where they learn to become independent rather than feral.

Penalties mean nothing to children who have been effectively abandoned to their impulses. Jail is just a training ground where they will be further victimized and then trained to become hardened criminals.

I'm sure the thought of incarceration makes you feel good, but that does nothing for society and nothing for them. Time to reroute them one way or another.

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ang train delays for thousantsof commuters and then attacking a taxi cab driver with a hammer and then spitting on him should've been both issued a summons, arrested, tried for and charged with their crimes in a juvenile court of law, and then made to serve a juvenile jail term in a juvenile prison or house of detention. There's no reason why these kids should get off with a slap on the wrist, and why their parents shouldn't get to know of it.

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Seems like word has gotten out among The Youth that they pretty much have impunity until they're at least 17. Some temporary changes to juvenile justice practices may be in order until the trend passes.

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This seems misinformed. Didn’t the 13 year olds involved in the downtown crossing assaults get held in jail?!

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and are often mislead by inaccurate information.

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Last night vandals destroyed a red line train at JFK and others spray painted trains at the train yard in Braintree. Expect more delays as the red line is running out of trains and windows.

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