I did finally manage to get the narrative police report on Garfield (missing a page and I'm going to request some other items as well).
Just by way of explaining my coming criticism, I did a 6-month stint as a volunteer investigator for the Public Defender's office (I've been around) and I had the opportunity to read a lot of police reports and interview many police officers. I learned a lot and naturally, the first thing to always state is that the only thing between us and the bad guys are cops so we have to be grateful for their presence. (And, everyone is always happy to see firefighters but hardly ever the cops. It's a tough, tough job.)
This is not a great narrative, you can't follow exactly where the action is at any given point, very loosey-goosey and I suspect that there is a better one out there somewhere.
Basically, the officer says that he was told, by the victims (so there are kids who were willing to talk), that they were sitting at lunch on Friday, Sep. 27th at GHS and one of the suspects came to them and asked if they had been "claimed" for froshing.
After school, they were met by suspects (no number of suspects given) and escorted to a van. They went to a private residence, where they were asked trivia questions about GHS. If they didn't get the answers right, they were either to get paddled, had to drink a shot of "hard liquor" or get hot sauce in their mouths. Apparently, they got the questions right but were then told another game was to start.
But, it didn't happen as one suspect said, "it is about to begin." They got back in the van, went to the Arboretum and saw about 100 other kids. There were kegs that they assumed had beer in them.
One victim said that they had been paddled and "forced to drink shots of hard liquor until one of them was very intoxicated." A couple of students were paddled several times. One suspect stopped the paddling saying that one student had been paddled enough.
When the officer and Principal Howard arrived, along with officers from Second watch, students ran in various directions, "refusing to stop when ordered to do so." There was evidence of drinking and froshing left at the scene. At that time, no victims came forward.
So some students had different experiences and there may have just been one private residence incident or multiple places. Parents might want to check their liquor cabinets.
Other police reports generally say things like "I observed X, Y and Z happening" but there is no such detail here. As well, I don't know what the "evidence of froshing is" - you could assume diapers, hot sauce, paddles, etc.
I would also point out that one thing cops hate - almost more than anything - are runners. Please go to the ACLU website and explain to your children how to react if they encounter police officers. Number one - don't run. It makes them very, very mad and it will not be good if they catch you.
I know many parents who think their child could NEVER get into trouble. Do you let your teen out at all?
Then, there can always be the occasion when a police encounter can happen. Wrong place, wrong time and your teen does not know what to do or say. It happens.
Basically, here's what to do.
Say nothing, ask for a lawyer and ask to call your parents. Don't explain, don't blame, just stay silent and wait for your parents. Your child could be absolutely innocent but end up in trouble trying to explain what might be unexplainable (meaning, your child has no clue what is going on but may be trying to protect his/herself or others.)
Tell your child to remain calm, be cooperative but stay silent, no matter what.