Iowa Teen Brothers Face Felony Charges For Peeling Bark from Tree

Two teen brothers from Mason City, Iowa were charged with felony second-degree mischief for peeling bark from a tree.
Their mother is livid.
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Two boys were charged with second-degree criminal mischief felonies after allegedly peeling bark from a tree on the Roosevelt School playground. (Globe Gazette)

US of ARN reported the damage was estimated at over $1,000 according to local officials.

WQAD reported:

The boys, ages 13 and 14, were charged with felony second-degree criminal mischief in connection with removing bark from four to five feet of the trunk of a mature tree, on the grounds of an elementary school, August 5, 2014.

The mother of one of the boys said her son pulled a piece of bark that was falling off the tree, and that other boys did the same thing. A neighbor, who saw what the boys were doing, then reportedly called police according to the Globe Gazette.

Two other kids reportedly carved their initials into the tree. They were not charged.

The charges filed against the stepbrothers were based on an estimate for $1,166 to remove and replace the tree, since it will likely die, according to police.

The mother was frustrated that additional estimates weren’t sought, and that other possible solutions – such as community service or paying to replace the tree – weren’t proposed.

“I guess as a parent, I should be at fault for not teaching him that pulling bark off a tree will kill it,” she said. “I made sure to cover sex, drugs, drinking, responsibility, honesty and God, but trees, that one slipped my mind,” the mother said.

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