Severe Punishment Averted In Palisades Park School Brawl

PALISADES PARK, NJ (WCBS 880) – In the end, a 19-year-old didn’t get probation or even community service for punching a fellow student last year in Palisades Park High School cafeteria.

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The judged fined Dong Sung An $256.

“It may, at least in part, reflect this recognition that this is a lot of ado about a relatively minor incident,” says Seton Hall criminal law professor Jenny Carroll.

She sees a trend in handling juvenile cases now “with a more formalized response, and by that, I mean actually charging them, criminally in court.”

She says we used to lean more towards counseling, pointing out other states have alternative punitive programs for juveniles which offer more counseling.

“But maybe one of the positive things that will come out of this case is people will start thinking about that more and more,” she says.

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  • kendra

    y did they fine him instead setting up some kind of counseling for him o recieve cause that is about the only way that he can learn this type of behavior is unacceptable where ever u go in in life situation that u have to deal with

  • Star

    Pal Park has become completely Korean.

  • Dom

    What’s a 19-year-old kid doing in a high school anyway? You graduate in your 18th year or your out. We don’t want 20-year-old thugs and goons in our area high schools, whether you can read or write or not.

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