Kelly Zierdt Parents Refuse To Pay Cement Fine For New Jersey Vandalism At School

By: Rob Adams
Staff Writer
Published: Jan 6, 2021

Kelly Zierdt parents refuse to pay cement fine for writing. Kelly Zierdt was caught in cement and her parents refuse to pay the fine. The New Jersey sixth-grader is going before a judge next week to explain why she wrote the graffiti.

Zierdt, 11, and a group of her friends allegedly etched their names in wet cement outside their school. Police caught the group in the act as they were driving by the scene. According to the child, one of the officers said, "Let's put these kids in the back of the car; we're bringing them to headquarters."

"And then me and my friends started crying our eyes out," Zierdt said. Kelly's father, Harry, said the situation "has snowballed into this giant catastrophe."

Police say Zierdt, unlike the other parents, refuses to pay a $250 fine to his daughter's middle school to pay for the vandalism and refuses to sign the parent/child and police agreement on a suitable punishment.

Lt. Mike Colacci of the Middlesex Police Department said parents help determine an appropriate punishment for the action of their children, "like a 5 o'clock curfew, or chores around the house. In this case they had to write an essay as to why they did this," Colacci said.

However, Harry Zierdt said his honor-student daughter has already learned her lesson and said he will take his fight to court. When asked about appearing before a judge, Kelly admitted, "I feel scared."



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