Within the past week, the Knoxville Police Department has referred underage suspects to Juvenile Court Services for harassment and criminal mischief.
On the Sept. 11 daily police report, the department indicated that three juveniles were referred on charges of second-degree criminal mischief. The Sept. 13 police report indicated that two juveniles born in 2002 are suspected of harassment.
Police are restricted from commenting on juvenile cases. Police Chief Dan Losada confirmed that at least three had been referred.
“We did refer charges on three juveniles involved in incident,” Losada said. “Some of them may have been involved in multiple recent incidents.”
At last report, the police were searching for another juvenile. The person had not been found as of Monday afternoon. There are things parents can do to reduce the chances of children facing trouble.
“Parents need to monitor their children and take action when they are doing things the parent does not approve of,” Losada said. “Parents need to let children know behavior expectations, lay out clear consequences for when their children violate those expectations, and follow through and enforce the sanctions.”