Children Break Into Local WA Radio Station, Swear During Live Broadcast

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By Anne Lu | June 13, 2014 4:36 PM EST

Children have broken into a local radio station in Western Australia and broadcast their impromptu show. The kids, aged from eight to 14, delivered a late-night show complete with obscenities at the Wangki Yupurnanupurru community radio station Fitzroy Crossing, prompting a concerned listener to call on the police.

“They were able to turn on all the microphones, turn on the panel and switch everything on in the right way, and decided to do a bit of a show themselves,” station manager Angie Stahl told ABC, explaining that she had previously given the children lessons in community radio.

“But unfortunately, their show mainly involved swearing, which was a bit punk, a bit avant-garde, but also breaches the broadcasting laws and our codes of practice.”

The children must have entered through a window in Stahl’s house, which adjoins the studios, during their break-in earlier in June. They even ate some chicken nuggets and dyed their hair.

“They were making themselves at home – no damage was done, they were just hanging around the house, cooking some chicken nuggets, and they dyed their hair red from some hair dye I had lying around,” Stahl continued.

“But after just enjoying the quiet space of the house, they found the keys to the radio studio and decided to let themselves in.”

That’s when they thought to broadcast their own little show full of swearing. Not long after, though, police have arrived.

Although Stahl was understandably furious at that time, she said that she decided not to press charges against the children.

Instead, she reached an agreement with them and their parents and guardians. The children would have to perform “sorry tasks” to make up for their shenanigan.

“Criminal charges might have had serious consequences for a couple of the kids, so we decided we could work it out amongst ourselves, and that worked out a lot better.”

Stahl even said that the kids may have a future in broadcasting.

“They’d come in a couple of times before to do a couple of shows and programs, so I’d taught them the basics,” she said. “So it’s good to see the knowledge was used correctly.”

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