With all due respect, it doesn't look like the kids actually
have a "criminal record" here.
in reply to Beware - improper context usage can be considered criminal activity!
According to the story, they were questioned by police, who are
keeping their notes on file:
His father repeated to me twice, as if he couldn't quite believe the whole thing had actually happened, that the police gave him a case number and are keeping the report on file.
No charges, no arrest, no conviction, just some notes in a file folder
in a detective's filing cabinet somewhere. That's not quite a criminal record.