Teen arrested for allegedly vandalizing Haunted Castle at Santa Cruz

Posted Friday, July 23, 2010 12:07 PM | Contributed by Jeff

An unruly Stockton teenager allegedly vandalized the Haunted Castle, a ride that debuted at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in June, causing the new attraction to briefly close for repairs, officials said. Reports say he caused $5,000 in damage by grabbing a prop and dragging it through the ride.

Read more from The Mercury News.

Monday, July 26, 2010 11:04 PM

I think while we're always going to have kids who get into mischief of varying degrees, it seems that one difference between now and the past is that the parents are more likely to excuse their child's bad behavior, or even attack the party accusing their darling of bad behavior. I know that part of that is because the traditional authority figures-- teachers, law enforcement, clergy-- aren't exactly unblemished. There also seems to be this idea that when a business is involved, it's a "victimless" crime, or that they're so rich, it doesn't matter if you vandalize or steal.

Recently, I read some article online, and in the comments following the article, there was one guy who identified himself as a "graffiti artist." He was absolutely convinced that there was nothing wrong with him defacing other people's property in the name of his art, or his freedom of expression, guaranteed by the First Amendment of course.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 12:16 PM

Saw this in the Seattle news item that was just posted:

Luna Park rides included a roller coaster, water slide, merry-go-round and the Cave of Mystery. But the amusement park was notorious for it's booze – Luna Park had the largest bar on the bay - and its dances, where teenagers often got drunk and found trouble.

And when they got drunk and found trouble someone inevitably said, "What's wrong with teens today?"

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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:37 PM

Damn flapper hooligans!

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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:21 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

I think it's sad that you think you can absolutely control another human who will mindlessly follow everything you say, suggest or demand without ever once thinking they have a better way or know better.

It just doesn't work that way.

I kind of disagree with that.. Brainwashing is alive and well and can be done to other adults who are 'weak' mentally or children who are raised to 'follow' their parents teaching..

Children of supremest families have been known to continue the path that their race is 'superior'. I think that fits mindlessly following everything they say, suggest, or demand perfectly.

Heavens Gate .. Another brainwashing case in point where people mindless follow without intelligent reason.

So yeah.. I think its very possible going by your quote above.

Last edited by ridemcoaster, Friday, July 30, 2010 2:22 PM
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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:39 PM

ridemcoaster said:
So yeah.. I think its very possible going by your quote above.

So when you take the quote out of the context of the discussion, apply entirely different situations to it and spit it back out, it doesn't hold up?

I think I'll live. :)

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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:49 PM

Well technically that was your entire post/response to someone else.. So in that case nothing was taken out of context.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 3:05 PM

Except for the entire conversation before it.

That'd be like if I replied to an ongoing discussion with a comment of, "I don't like blacks" only to have someone cite my entire post and call me racist when the original topic at hand was jellybeans.

It doesn't matter if you cite the entire reply. It's out of context of the discussion that preceeded it.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 3:38 PM

Whatever you say Shirley Sherrod. ;) :P

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Friday, July 30, 2010 5:04 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Except for the entire conversation before it.

That'd be like if I replied to an ongoing discussion with a comment of, "I don't like blacks" only to have someone cite my entire post and call me racist when the original topic at hand was jellybeans.

It doesn't matter if you cite the entire reply. It's out of context of the discussion that preceeded it.

Touchy today arent we? A simple, nah I didnt mean that would have sufficed.. I will leave you be for now..

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Friday, July 30, 2010 5:20 PM

Actually, black jellybeans are my favorites. I just hate whites....

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Friday, July 30, 2010 5:22 PM

Yeah Coconut.. I agree.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 5:25 PM

The black ones taste like anise! :)

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Friday, July 30, 2010 5:27 PM

must.. not.. reply..with.. intended.. thought..

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Friday, July 30, 2010 5:30 PM

ridemcoaster said:
Yeah Coconut.. I agree.

I was thinking more in terms of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, but I think I got my threads mixed up. So let's just stay with coconut. :)

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Friday, July 30, 2010 6:28 PM

ridemcoaster said:

Touchy today arent we? A simple, nah I didnt mean that would have sufficed.. I will leave you be for now..

What? You're not serious, right?

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Friday, July 30, 2010 6:30 PM

ridemcoaster said:


Children of supremest families have been known to continue the path that their race is 'superior'. I think that fits mindlessly following everything they say, suggest, or demand perfectly.

I wonder what Diana Ross has to say on the subject?

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Friday, July 30, 2010 6:55 PM

Nicely done, RGB. :)

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Friday, July 30, 2010 7:21 PM

Carrie M. said:

What? You're not serious, right?

So I'm not the only one?

(Always been partial to red jellybeans myself.)

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Friday, July 30, 2010 7:25 PM

Be careful which jelly beans you eat at Islands of Adventure.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 7:53 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

So I'm not the only one?

Nah, the original conversation was clearly in the context of normal parenting not in general mind control/hypnosis/cult-like brainwashing, etc.

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