October 14, 2010 10:04pm CST
Heard from TV news today that a six year old girl was brutally assaulted and killed by a 13 year old boy. Although still a prime suspect since he was seen playing with the girl before the girl disappeard, he admitted being with the girl at the spot where the girl was found but denied having done the heinous act. It is a deplorable fact that perpetrators of violence are getting younger and younger. I wondered where they get the idea of violence and how they look and regard these acts. Or are these youth deviants even aware of what they are doing and the consequences of these to the victims and themselves?
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• Garden Grove, California
16 Oct 10
hi figurativeme they get violence by being in a family where violence toward each other seems common and often the children are abused too,'then add that violence they see on films and tv and in the games they play on computer, and you have the makings of a deviant. they have no conscienes as their parents did not instill this in them, they think anything goes when they get hit and see dad hit mom all the time, parents who teach their children right from wrong seldom are unkind themselves and are role models, these children learn that unkindness and meanness are wrong. they are loved and they know how to love others. It must start at home a lot of the time. sad but probably true.
17 Oct 10
You captured the concept in a word picture, Hatley. People without conscience are to be feared and we are raising fearful creatures. If we are to educate these youth, it has to start at home. You just gave me an inspiring though on what project to give scholars in school for voluntary work. Thanks a lot.
• United States
15 Oct 10
I'd suspect that they really have little/no idea of the consequences of their actions...As to where they get the notion of violence..well..have you ever seen a little one throw a tantrum? Or an older child for that matter? Violence is not foreign to the human critter, but it is not the only option, of course! OK, this may sound tacky but if your dog attacked someone not only is the dog removed but the owner of said dog is fined, perhaps jailed, perhaps sued mainly because the animal wasn't properly trained for social interactions. Granted, a child is not a dog..However, if the parents were held as responsible for the action of their children as pet owners are for their pets perhaps there would be a noticable decline in child violence as the parents would be more involved in the social make-up of the child.. ENJOY!
16 Oct 10
Hi. I get your point and I agree with you. Exposure of children to environment starts at home and innocent as they are they would think it is 'the world.' More so, when they step outside the four walls of the home and find out the environment inside is the same with the environment outside. And the reality outside confirms their reality inside. They never learn that there is another reality outside of kindness, dignity, and respect. Too bad, really and sad.
15 Oct 10
it is a sad fact but true, crime perpetrators are getting younger because the surroundings they are into are getting more mean or cruel than ever.. if they know what they are exactly doing, the kids won't be doing them add to the fact the consequences they will be getting into.
16 Oct 10
Hi bingskee. I also suspect that these children do not really know what they are doing or distinguish right from wrong. Add to that the violence they are exposed to from computer games, movies, tv which perhaps make them think these things are "ordinary." Sad, true.
15 Oct 10
In my point, these kids might be aware. Maybe they were emotionally or mentally disturbed while doing such crimes. or, they might not be aware, since they were just imitating what they saw on tv. Parents should be responsible on handling their kids.