I remember being 12 and 14, and during neither year did it ever strike me as a good idea to round up a buddy and play a nice game ofkick the flaming ball.I attribute this to having plans for my life, plans such as living to see 13 and 15. Not being a complete tool was also a significant factor.
“Dispatched to location on kids playing with fire. Arrived to find suspects in garage near gas can with melted nozzle. Driveway area smelled of gas also. No fire seen. Asked suspects what they were up to. Both said they poured gas on a baseball, lit it on fire and kicked it back and forth, pouring more gas on it to keep it lit.”
The “more gas” may explain the melted nozzle. No charges were filed against the boys, ages 12 and 14.
Remember folks, children are our future.