I feel part of the problem are the parents/lack of discipline. Many kids today feel that if they are disciplined (spanked, grounded, privileges removed etc) that they threaten the parents with calling child protective services. I told my kids if they ever felt like doing that, that i would "let them use my phone, here, let me dial 911 for you". Many kids today feel they are untouchable, Why? maybe lack of structure/ discipline. Yes, these "kids" were 17 and 18 years old, but I dont think their thinking like this happened overnight. Maybe they will be charged as adults. Something like this should of never happened. I am sure that these "kids" are "angels" (COUGH, COUGH) and didnt really mean it.