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What age do you think is too young to be tried as an adult?

Considering the example of the boy who was horribly burned by his peers, at what age do you think someone should be tried as a minor for a similar offense?

Or, under what circumstance would you consider a 15 year old a minor?


Asked by UpSheRises at 11:15 AM on Oct. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't think it is about how they are tried. I think it is about how they are punished. If found guilty then what? Maybe some of our 18-25 year old criminals should be in a different kind of lock up because their brains aren't done developing either. We don't seem to do a very good job in the rehab department.

    Answer by LoveMyDog at 10:20 AM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • I know it sounds kind of stupid.. but it would depend on the situation.. The boys who burned the other 15 year old.. should be tried as adults.. The kid who steals a pack of gum, should not. If a child is going to do something like attempted murder/murder.. then hell yes they should go down as hard as they could!

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 11:16 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • Depends on the severity of the crime and (imo) the age of consent for that state. Here in NC, you can be tried as an adult at 16.

    An example, the Jonesboro school shooting. They were 13 and 11. They knew what they were doing and both should have been tried as adults. They waited in the bushes and ambushed the students and teachers. They knew what they were doing was wrong and did it anyway.

    Shanna, if it would have been my kid doing the shooting (my example), he committed premeditated murder, he deserves the punishment that goes along with the crime.

    Do I think these kids could be rehabilitated? Possibly but there would have to be a major system overhaul so that it would be better equipped to deal with these youthful killers.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 11:54 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • It really depends on the crime and intent the did/had.

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 11:17 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • It depends, some are not able to be saved and maybe some are...but showing a propensity for violence at such a young age isn't normal. Many of these kids tried as adults do not get there because of a one time action. They usually have a history of being bullies, hurting others and not really caring about the consequences.

    Every situation is different though and needs to be judged on its merits not a blanket statement


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:23 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • it depends on the crime committed - the crime should fit the punishment!

    Answer by kaysimon132461 at 11:25 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • i agree it depends on the situation

    Answer by san78 at 12:33 PM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • Even though the crime was horrible, do those 15 yo boys belong in prison with real murderers and rapists? Because if they are tried as adults, that's where they will go. Doesn't anyone believe that at such a young age these boys could be saved? They should pay, yes, but if they go into the system, they will likely be in it forever.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 11:20 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • Sorry, but what if it is your kid? There is the whole "gang mentality" thing too.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 11:26 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • Exactly! Should an 11 yo be in prison with 30,40 yo murderers? Of course not. They should all be considered minors. Maybe there should be something in between juvenile hall and prison for children who commit serious crimes.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 11:43 AM on Oct. 12, 2010