It was simple, said Durkin. They violated one parental rule and felt riding home in a police car would make their parents even angrier. The parents of both youths, policemen learned, told their children to go only to the playground on Chestnut Street between Franklin and Washington streets and nowhere else. The playground is a long way from Manatawny Creek, The children failed to heed their parents’ instructions, police said, and peril ensued. In the company of the two when they made their unauthorized trip to the creek was Debbie Weber, Kenneth’s 6-year-old sister. Even though she disobeyed the instruction not to leave the playground, Debbie wasn’t quite ready to follow the older youths. She was afraid to walk through the water and rocks to the island. Consequently, she was safer, although maybe she didn’t have as much ‘fun” as her older brother and his companion.