ARLINGTON, Mass. - Fourteen boys accused of spray-painting a swastika and anti-gay slurs at Arlington High School will avoid criminal charges if they participate in a program called restorative justice.
Police say the boys also vandalized equipment inside the school, damaging fire extinguishers, vending machines, display cases and an emergency defibrillator.
The damage was discovered May 2.
Officials say the boys will be offered the chance to participate in a program that gives victims the opportunity to meet with offenders and offer ideas about possible restitution. If the boys decline to participate, they could face criminal prosecution.
The decision was made in consultation with the Arlington Human Rights Commission, the Anti-Defamation League and the Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow.
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