Shawnee police have identified three juveniles as the suspects in the December vandalism of toppled gravestones and broken vases at Shawnee's Fairview Cemetery.

As it turns out, police detectives say those suspects also admitted to being involved in previous vandalism incidents at Fairview Cemetery last summer.

We'd like to commend Shawnee police for their work in identifying these suspects from the new surveillance video cameras and bringing this string of disrespectful acts to an end.

Since the suspects are juveniles and those names and records aren't released, it's unlikely the public will ever really know what punishment the teens may receive for their heinous actions.

And while many have shared varying opinions on what should happen, we hope these teens learn an important life lesson about respect and responsibility.

Many of the 200 headstones that were toppled in the incidents can be repaired or placed upright, but that will come at a cost, the cemetery supervisor said.

To learn responsibility, these teens should help pay that cost.

And while paying the money itself would be a tough lesson for any teenager, we think working plenty of community service hours in the very cemetery they vandalized sounds like an even better idea, with close adult supervision, of course.

The same hands that recklessly toppled the headstones need to be put to work for the betterment of the cemetery, which was commissioned in 1897.

Maybe in doing so, the teens will think about what they've done and learn that cemeteries are sacred places that should always be treated with the utmost respect.