Three of the four boys charged in a thwarted plot to take over Center Grove High School and hold students and staff hostage will not go to prison.
Johnson County Juvenile Magistrate Marla Clark on Tuesday ordered two of them, one 15 and one 16, to enroll in a twice-weekly county program for help in making good decisions.
The two boys also were restricted to their homes for 60 days and can leave only to attend functions with their parents and to go to school or medical appointments.
The pair also is on probation for 18 months, during which they can have no access to weapons. Clark ordered participation by both sets of parents. Each boy was ordered to cooperate with educational plans, too.
The magistrate also instructed one boy to reside with his father and take all medications prescribed.
This would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. A program for help in making good decisions? What kind of waste of taxpayer money is this? Do they get cookies and nap time at those programs too? On top of that, they only get 18 months probation and then a clean record. They had the means and the motive. Only by the grace of God did they not get the opportunity.
So add Marla Clark to the ever-expanding list of Bizarro Judges who refuse to actually punish criminals.