ITEAM: Kids with BB guns at park write essays about Tamir Rice case

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CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM has obtained essays written by two juveniles arrested in Parma for a case eerily similar to the Tamir Rice case in Cleveland which turned deadly.

With the essays, a magistrate in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court dropped charges against the kids.

The I TEAM showed you last winter, police found kids 12 and 15 years old with BB guns that looked like powerful handguns at Ridgewood Lake Park in Parma. A neighbor's security cameras rolled.

In many ways, this case was a lot like the one with 12-year-old Tamir Rice, shot and killed in 2014 by Cleveland Police. There, police say Rice had an airsoft pistol, and as officers rolled up, they said the boy reached toward his waistband. An officer shot and killed him.

In the Parma incident, an officer pulled up, and ultimately, the boys surrendered.

The boys did face charges, but as the case made its way through court, they were asked to write essays about all this.

They wrote, they realize their cases could have turned deadly and they learned from the Tamir Rice case. They pointed out that they quickly put their hands up for police. The kids in this case also said the right things about their future. They wrote how they are finished with guns, and they are starting to think about school and their futures.

Click here to see and read the essays.

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