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Should juveniles be charged as adults?

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Started: 4/26/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I say if any person under 18 has the guts to commit any crime they should be charged like an adult


1. Children don't grasp the full concept of life or death, therefore should not be punished. ( Does a monkey get punished for shooting a gun at people?)

2. children who commit crimes usually do it for attention, maybe they have parent that neglect them. Parents job to teach them right from wrong and if they are not doing that why punish the child.

3. At young ages a mental factor is in play, this is when they start to understand right from wrong and learn why its wrong, if this is altered; by bullying and so on. Their mental state is compromised and may never understand right from wrong . In a sense a sort of insanity is in play.

4.Child hood is a stage in life where we learn right from wrong and children are gonna make mistakes, why ruin their life over something they are just learning? We shouldn't , instead teach them not to do them and get them help when they need it.
Debate Round No. 1


Well from personal experience I was neglected at the age of 2 to 5. I had difficulty but none to which I thought about killing someone. But look at this story. An eight-year-old US boy accused of murdering his father and a family friend kept a tally of his parents' smackings, vowing that the 1,000th time would be the last, police believe.
By Tom Leonard in New York
11:17PM GMT 27 Nov 2008
The unnamed boy allegedly shot dead his father, Vincent Romero, 29, and Timothy Romans, 39, their lodger, at the family home in St Johns, Arizona, with a .22 rifle as they were coming home from work at a local power plant.

The double murder on Nov 5 shocked the US, with investigators initially struggling to find any motive.

However, according to police records reported by the Arizona Republic, the boy "is believed to have made ledgers and/or communicated in the form of writings about his intentions" if his father and stepmother continued to smack him.

According to the police records, the boy told a Child Protective Services official that "when he reached one thousand spankings . . . that would be his limit. [The boy] kept a tally of his spankings on a piece of paper."

Despite his age, relatives suspected the boy immediately in the shootings. His grandfather told investigators: "If any 8-year-old was capable of doing this, [the boy] was", and the child's grandmother added: "I knew this was going to happen, they were too hard on [him]."

The boy told police he was smacked the day before the shootings for failing to finish schoolwork.

Records indicate the boy had no history of psychiatric care and was not on any medication.

Police say he gave conflicting accounts about the shootings, initially saying he discovered the bodies when he returned home from school.

He later changed his story, admitting he shot each man twice to end their suffering after they had been shot by an unknown assailant.

In an interview whose contents was later released by police, the boy admitted he been angry with his father after the latter asked his stepmother to smack him for not bringing some schoolwork home.

At the end of the interview, he buried his head in his jacket. Asked by an officer what he was thinking, he replied: "I'm going to go to juvie."
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joshuaXlawyer forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


tylersch96 forfeited this round.


sorry for the forfeit, and that case proves my point kids that commit really bad crimes where bent mentally by there abusive parents or other problems like extremely bad parenting why blame a child whos just learning right from wrong.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by RyozoTabikashi 5 years ago
no not really biased, i just felt that tyler had more information supporting his claim while you forfieted and then came back with a paragraph saying that he supports you with no details supporting your argument. therefore even if he did qoute something, i feel he won by expressing himself a lot better.
Posted by joshuaXlawyer 5 years ago
bias vote?
Posted by joshuaXlawyer 5 years ago
well in legal terms its called insanity, which doesn't put them in jail it puts them in a facuility to get help.
Posted by CatTheBruce 5 years ago
Like Ryozo said, it depends on the childs mentality and the crime. I know of a few child-crimes where the kids were 12 I think, and kidnapped a baby, left it on a train track and watched it get run over. They knew what they were doing so should be treated as the criminals they are. You could also use the used and abused statement saying if the child has been neglected or abused it isn't right to charge them with the crime, however the most famous murderers known from the past have almost always had some sort of neglect or abuse from their childhood that destroyed them mentally, so you could say they weren't to blame for their actions either.
Posted by RyozoTabikashi 5 years ago
well thats where you factor in the mentality and stability of the child. if he is smart enough to understand what is right and wrong, and understands what he did. so it depends on the mental growth of the child and the conditions of the killing. tripping, manslaughter, no, bu purposly, manslaughter, yes, because at the age of four you know not to kill anybody else on purpose. an accident i can understand. if you were mentally handicapped it would be much diffrent.
Posted by dan564891 5 years ago
what if the child was four years old and somehow he accidentally stabbed his mother? would you be happy to see him charged with manslaughter and go to prison for ten years ?
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