Judge sentences boys who had BB guns at park to write essays about Tamir Rice

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PARMA, Ohio– Two teenagers who were found to have BB guns, which police say looked much more powerful, were ordered to write essays about Tamir Rice, as part of their sentence.

Parma police were called to Ridgewood Lake Park in Parma back in February. A man called 911 and reported two young people, possibly teens, with a gun that may be fake.

That scenario was very similar to the one that made national headlines in Cleveland. Police ended up shooting and killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he had an airsoft pistol. Cleveland police said he reached for the gun in his waistband, and officers on the call had never been told by a dispatcher that Rice had a gun that was not an actual high-powered handgun.

In the Parma case,  video obtained by the FOX 8 I-Team shows police rolling up and two boys immediately raising their hands. Parma police say the kids were 12 and 15, and they both had BB guns that looked much more powerful. Police say the boys followed officer commands, and neither made any sudden moves.

**See the video in a past report above**

According to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, both boys admitted to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.  They must both write the judge a report on how their cases were similar and how they were different to the Tamir Rice case. The 15-year-old must pay court costs of more than $160; the now 13-year-old must pay $150. They also must perform community service.

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