- Jul 2011
My point is, one's age shouldn't serve as a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card, particularly for serious, heinous crimes.With equal (if not greater) respect, my friend, I understand the point you are making. However, it is not a valid response to anything I wrote.
The boy has been accused of, and admitted to, rape - I am not minimising the crime, nor am I claiming that teenage (and younger) children are incapable of doing horrible things. The crime is a serious one, but IMO, not at the level of enormity which warrants charging a child as an adult (in fact, no crime warrants that in any civilised jurisdiction). A juvenile court should be entirely competent to deal with this.
For instance, should a boy be tried for assault as an adult, for a regular school yard scrap? No, in most cases.
But, if that fight got out of control, if, say, weapons were produced and made use of, and if someone was severely injured (or, God forbid, killed) as a result?
Than, yes, he should face the full consequences of his actions. Just like a grown man would. You want to act like a man, than you must bear same level of responsibility.
We are not talking about CHILDREN here, remember. We are not talking about 10 year old Bart Simpson spraying graffiti on his school's walls.
15 or 16 year olds are not "kids". They are absolutely old enough to understand right from wrong and to know what the hell they are doing.
That's my opinion, anyway...