KENNEWICK, Wash. -- In a recent Hermiston graffiti case, five adults were cited for failing to supervise their child. So we wanted to know, how do Tri-Cities law enforcement agencies treat the parents of kids who do graffiti?
The Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland police departments all treat it in a similar way. They are most interested in making sure the kid doing the spraypainting is cited and not the parents. They say that they usually talk to the parents when a kid is doing graffiti and that they are legally bound to pay for any damages their child causes, but it would be rare for the mom and dad to be charged.
Plus, they say it would be difficult to prove a parent was at fault in a graffiti situation. Both Kennewick and Pasco police say they do have failure to supervise city laws that could apply for parents in a graffiti case. But, they say, that the law would probably only be used in a spraypainting case if the kid was a continual problem and it was believed that a parent's lack of supervision was the reason.