The NYT did a real tap-dance trying to excuse their behavior as “not ‘terrorism’, just a couple of silly kids fooling around”, with the strong suggestion that they should not be punished but just turned over to their parents, who should discipline them without corporal punishment, of course, or even damaging their self-esteem with a stern talking-to.
Of course the reality is that their parents are hardcore leftists, and the kids are radical and violent, like Lori Berenson who went to Peru to assist a terrorist group there, only to get arrested; or Rachel Corrie, who went to aid radical Paleos, only to end up as “St. Pancake” under an Israeli bulldozer.
Both of which the NYT excused as well.
I’m sure you all probably recall the 1970 Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, triggered when (wealthy) Weathermen terrorists were building a bomb in the house owned by the father of Kathy Wilkerson, another (wealthy) Weathermen girl. They planned to bomb a servicemen’s dance at Fort Dix.
IIRC, Kathy Wilkerson’s father was quite a leftist, but I don’t think there’s any indication that the parents of the girl involved in this latest wealthy kid terrorist incident were leftists or Occupy supporters. Once is a prominent doctor and the other is a high-end realtor. It seems like the girl was addicted to drugs (the couple had recently been picked up with a quantity of heroin on them when someone found them busy injecting another girl with it in a parked car) and was completely under the control of the boyfriend, but nobody has revealed much about him. Another wealthy prep-school friend?
In any case, you know they’ll get off light. Heck, all of the people who survived the 1970s explosion (such as Kathy Boudin) went on to other violent things, and when they got caught at various points (even after having killed people) they got fairly modest sentences and are now all out and are faculty members at prestigious universities.