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Joshua Hoggan claims he was only trying to raise awareness about safety

Published: Tuesday, April 17 2012 5:56 p.m. MDT

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Trooper55
Williams, AZ

I can't believe the light sentence he drew for this charge. I believe that he should have been tried as an adult and face the music. I guess that a slap on the wrist and no crimal record. I also believe that he should have been put also on 5 years probation and if he messes up at anytime he be given a harsh confiment in a fredal prison.

TOO
Sanpete, UT

I feel much better. 6 months is such a long time. He deserves much shorter. Good thing he didn't plan anything bad to deserve a longer sentence.

Heater
BALA CYNWYD, PA

"My big thing is there was lots of indicators given to lots of individuals. If attention would have been paid to what he was trying to project, this could have been avoided," the elder Hoggan said. "If you're not willing to talk to kids when they have fears, then you do invalidate them."

Let me get this right... the father of this boy genius is blaming others for not picking up on the "indicators" his Timothy McVey-wannabe son was sending out? Of course, it begs the question: "why weren't you picking up these indicators, pops?"

Oh, please!
Saint George, UT

Totally agree with "Heater." The dad blames the school because his security-obsessed son wasn't in the school security inner circle. He wasn't being listened to. Surely the dad knew his son went to Columbine. Wasn't that a HUGE indicator?!

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

I think they should have come down much harder on this kid. Now he has 6 months to figure out a better plan to "get back at the world."

His dad criticizing the school for not seeing the "signals" is absurd. If he is going to bury his head in the sand for his son's intentions and actions, then his son is likely to carry out a similar hair-brained plot in the future.

mytymouse09
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I find it hard to swallow this kids intention was to point out security flaws in the school. I too feel six months is ridiculously low considering the severity of his actions. The father seems a bit too eager to blame everybody else, except himself, for the stupidity of his son.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Obviously the Judge didn't swallow this kid's lame defense that he was concerned about the school's security. He should have been more concerned about concentrating on his homework. At least he'll have 6-months to study the security of the detention center he will be confined in.

Leesha
Kearns, UT

Sentence is much too light. We vote for the juvenile judges in the election. Judge Janice Frost should be voted out of office.

ouisc
Farmington, UT

Any kid (and any father) who tries to find rational thought behind months and months of disturbing actions and conversations really needs professional help.

Hopefully the dad decides to be an active participant in this free counseling the jury just awarded this Hoggan teen.

Baseball_dad
Salina, KS

Mmmmm..

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