Some kids just turn out wrong no matter what you do. By saying that these kids did bad because of bad parenting you are taking away personal responsibility. You either believe in FREE WILL or not, you can't have it both ways. I have some less than exemplary family members, and believe ME their parents have done all they can do. At the end of the day, how you live your life is up to you!
That said, the parents saying these were good kids are not helping because they are mitigating the seriousness of their actions. Sometimes, you have to let your kids take the consequences, good or bad, and that is what is missing here.
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