Over the years, this web page has received
comments from some of those involved. The boy (now a 59 years old man),
said in an email to me, "I am the one who did unbolted the lever to the shunt box causing the lights to stay green instead of amber."
I won't use his name, but he also said how sorry he was and how this has affected his life in this statement below.
"Firstly, we spent 30 days in east LA correctional facility for juveniles, along with types that attempted medias acts on all of us during our stay before our trial. During that time, our Probation Officer stated he would recommend Youth Authority until the age of 24 years! Not a very encouraging thought to sleep with night after night while waiting. So, at the final trial, we were perhaps less than sorry. But we were so elided at at judge Collins decision, sorry was not part of the equation at that time. Later, however, Sorry? You cant imagine how sorry I am. For the events that happened after we were released were so burdensome, I would have preferred 8 years at YA (youth authority) instead."
"For weeks after that, since our names AND addresses were widely publicized, we were visited by people at all times of the day and night. Many drove by, throwing rocks and such at our house yelling out obscene things. We received threats by mail and by phone. Imagine, walking to the bus stop everyday for school and getting served papers by the marshal while everyone watched. Imagine going to school and being ridiculed constantly. Getting beat up every other day. Even comments from a high school teacher on the first day of class: "Looks like I got the train wrecker this semester". I could go on and on."
"Further, even though I was a minor, I can never get a security clearance, which I would have needed in my career, but was never able to obtain, even though at 18, my records were sealed. So a mistake I made at 15 has stayed with for the rest of my life with long reaching adverse affects."
"It should be noted at this time that because of the efforts of my father and this incident, the personal information of minors can no longer be included in news publications."