I sincerely apologize for my participation in the high school vandalisms last year. I am sorry for the way it affected the community, staff and students. Hopefully future graduates will learn from my mistakes.
Over a year ago I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life at both my high school and New Richmond. After a lot of reflection I believe I now know the parameters of the damage I have done. I would like to take this time to apologize for my actions.
Michael Van Ness, 21, was scheduled to be released from St. Croix County Jail Tuesday afternoon with a home monitoring device and some additional restrictions “in hopes of getting better compliance with the conditions of his probation.”
I made one of the worst decisions of my life on the night of June 3, 2007. I was one of the students involved in the vandalism of the high schools in Western Wisconsin. I still wonder what was going through my head that night, but regardless it is only right to take full responsibility for my actions.
I made a very poor decision. I was involved in vandalism on June 3, 2007 to the high schools in the surrounding area. I accept complete responsibility for my actions and hope to redeem myself through restitution, apologies, community service and probation.
The melodrama involving the Hudson vandals has reached a very disappointing conclusion. I’m sure there will be lots of high-fiving among those who felt sorry for the bunch or wrote it off as a teenage prank. Indeed, a good deal for defendants and a lousy one for the law-abiding citizens.
The fifth anniversary of the Iraq war was marked in Wisconsin by protests in several cities, vandalism to an Army recruiting center in Milwaukee and a warning by the State GOP leader that we’d lose worldwide credibility if we cut and run.
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