Finally a set of parents who actually love their children enough to teach them the consequences of their life choices. Too many parents today tend to defend their children no matter what misdeeds they may have done and that is blatantly wrong. It totally gives young people the wrong message about society and social boundaries.
To me this is just an extension of the Dr. Spock "Time Out" technique of raising children. You can only overlook bad behavior for so long before you have to put a stop to it. And this starts in infancy as soon as a child begins to display their personality and character. In addition it has to be consistent throughout their childhood if it is to be effective.
Time outs after a talking to are OK but when they prove ineffective in achieving the kind of change in behavior that is desired it has to be acceptable to take the next step and apply stiffer penalties. That could include denial of privileges or removal of a favorite belonging such as a game or cell phone. If that fails then corporal punishment is the next step. However in today's society those second and third steps are all too often omitted.
This set of parents demonstrated that they care enough about their two sons to say enough is enough. You have violated our trust, stepped out of the acceptable social norm, and now you must face the consequences just like any other criminal. In undeveloped minds sometimes a good smack down is all that finally registers for them. In this case the juvenile courts will deliver that smack down for these boys.
If they fail to respond then there is no hope but personally I hope that this experience will show them that good begets good and evil begets evil. We are not born with a sense of morality and instinctively know what is good or evil. That is something that we learn from our parents, our family, our peers, and society in general.
If we grow up thinking that it is OK to use force and violence to get what we want rather than work for it that is what we become as adults in most cases. Invariably it takes a traumatic experience with very negative consequences for us to change and turn our lives around when we have not been given the right kind of guidance as children. Some succeed and others do not. Those that do not usually become lifers in prison or wind up being executed or killed in one of their evil exploits. In most cases they also hate themselves as well and live miserable lives.
Discipline is key to proper upbringing. It should not stifle growth and development but guide it in the right direction. Life is a series of choices each having consequences and the consequences of our choices, good or bad, are ours to bear unto eternity. Eventually everyone answers for their life history in one way or another and it is our parents who have the biggest responsibility to help us learn to make the right choices in life. Kudos to these parents and I hope that their boys learn a very valuable lesson here. First is that who you associate with can have disastrous effect on your own behavior and second that you should always respect the person and property of others if you expect them to respect you.