What's the Punishment for This Crime?
What can you possibly do with two pint sized
criminals who at ages 7 and 11 try to jack a car and commit armed robbery armed
with a loaded gun? Obviously the facts aren't all in yet. Where they got the
gun. Were their parents even aware of
what they were up to? But the legal
system seems stymied by the pair. Can’t
send them to juvenile hall although we might have to reconsider that rule. Can’t shame them because even though I’m sure
by now all their classmates at school know or will know soon who they are…the
rest of the community will not. Some
will call for punishment of their parents and I wouldn't leave that off the
list. They threatened to take a life and
had the means to do it. My disappointment: the courts will treat them as
“victims” and that message won’t be lost on the kids. Their privacy will be protected. If kids saw that when you commit a crime the
adults treat you with kid gloves…pun intended.
A night in lockup might have been the best thing for them. Shaming from society is another. And don’t necessarily assume the parents are
at fault. We all know virtually perfect
parents with offspring from hell…and well behaved kids who set a good example
for how their parents should behave. Time
to bring back the stocks in the public square.