Kids Killing Kids.

Canada
April 7, 2007 11:58pm CST
There has been yet another stabbing attack in a London borough, resulting in the death of a 14 year old boy, and leaving a 15 year old in a critical condition in Hospital. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20070407/tuk-uk-britain-stabbed-fa6b408.html Two teens have been arrested in connection with the stabbings, which were thought to be carried out by a large group of youths. A 19 year old was arrested, along with a 13 year old. When did things decline to the point that 13 year olds are getting involved in killing people? When I was growing up in the UK, stabbings were rarely heard of, and nowadays, stabbings seem to be in the news every day. It's frightening to think that our children are being attacked to start with, but when they're being attacked by other children? When did that become the "in" thing? When did this become "cool"? All I see is the senseless loss of life.
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• Philippines
8 Apr 07
I pity those kids both the victim and the suspects for they are both a victim of confusions of being a child and living in this kind of society. how do there parents raise them? are they not aware that there child are becoming to be a stigma to society and didn't do anything to stop it or prevent it? Its so sad that the sense of being a child was stolen for this kids. I really do hope that there are still hope for this kid to live a normal life.
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• Canada
8 Apr 07
I think a lot of the time, parents aren't aware of what their kids are doing. Especially those who work long hours and leave their kid to fend for themselves. Many times a parent has no clue where their kids are. I agree about them being victims, both the kids who were attacked and the ones who attacked them. There has to be major changes in society to allow our kids to be kids, yet being brought up to respect others and themselves. It's sad that society has disintegrated to such a low point that we just try to find a quick fix. the solution needs to be long term to prevent this happening again.
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
yeah, sometimes I like to blame the parents or guardians cause this kids are their sole responsibility for they are the one who will built the mind and soul of this kid. I know it would be unfair to them cause there are other factors for this deviant behavior.
@Bedient43 (250)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Oh my thats horrible. kids these days nothing phases them. they think they are invisable. they dont understand life is a gift so why wreck it for yourself or someone else.
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• Canada
8 Apr 07
I honestly think some of these kids get to the point where they DO think they're invincible. Either that or they think that if they get caught, they'll get away with it because they're still kids. Not so. I think for kids that commit acts such as this, they deserve to be tried in an adult court as adults. Commit a serious crime and you need to take responsibility for it, regardless of your age.
@User10 (82)
• United States
8 Apr 07
First off what are they doing carrying around knives to begin with. And when incidents such as the one you told about occurs, I think that some investigation into the homes of where these children live should happen. What type of envirnment are they growing up in everyday. The type of actions that go on in a child's home will reflect their attitude as to what is acceptable and what is not. Kids will often times behave differntly outside of their home when they are not in their parents presence, but when it gets to the point of stabbing another person, then all aspects of that child's life should be looked into. I don't think that it's a matter of them being "cool", These kids need seriouse help before it's to late and they are either killed themselves by police or by someone who is dosen't care either.
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• Canada
8 Apr 07
I totally agree with everything you said. This starts at home, but unfortunately, we're living in a world where parents have the work their a**es off just to keep the roof over their heads. When that happens, the kids are the ones that suffer. As for them carrying knives around. I don't know. They would probably tell you it's protection, but protection from what? At 13 years old, you shouldn't need to be thinking about protection.
@maribel1218 (3085)
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
That was very sad news, kids killing kids, at their age they should be spending quality times playing not killing each other. Maybe it was the result of some violent computer games and even movies that kids think it was normal to fight in violent way without knowing how tragic the result was. I really think kids should be governed and guided properly by thier parents in able not to result in this innocent crimes.
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• Canada
8 Apr 07
I think it's more a result of society not caring. I'm sure video games played a part in it to be sure, but a 13 year old is so easily influenced, and in a huge group of kids, they get a false sense of power over others. The problems do start at home, but at the same time, there are no places these kids can go where they'd be in contact with another responsible adult when their parents are working. Bored kids lash out when they're frustrated and they don't care about the consequences till it's too late. They're not only taking the lives of the victims, but they're taking the lives of themselves too. They'll get caught eventually.
@samrat16 (2442)
• India
8 Apr 07
It's a symptom of so many issues. Poverty, depression, single mothers who have to work to take care of their children, absent fathers, absent positive male role models, feelings of hopelessness, "machismo", adults who don't take the time to tell the kids they're loved and special, many failing public school systems... There are so many reasons that build kids up to this point. It starts at home and in the community. We need to make sure our children feel loved and are held responsible for their actions from the time they are very little. Sometimes it takes tough love and a lot of discipline, but we can't expect these children to make proper choices when parents are leaving them to raise themselves. A lot of women feel they don't have a choice. They have to go to work to support their kids and there is no man there to help. That's a tough spot to be in. As communities, we need to create more resources for poor people to help take care of the children and make sure the kids have somewhere to go with responsible adults. If it's children killing children, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
• Canada
8 Apr 07
I think you've hit the nail on the head there samrat. We do indeed, need to make sure our children feel loved from a very early age, and we do need to make sure they're held responsible for their actions. How will they learn otherwise? I do agree with what you say about women - single mothers - who need to work to support her family, and it is a tough spot to be in. Many times, people don't realize that we need these resources. It's one thing talking about getting kids off the streets, but it's quite another to see the government or individual communities following through to make that happen. I don't feel it's just poor kids though. I feel the poor kids are influenced by others who do this kind of thing out of boredom. There's nothing for kids these days. They're frustrated.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
8 Apr 07
Yes it is getting worse and it is very scary I know if I had little Kids now they would never be out of my Sight and I would probably not even have them at a School to be honest One of the Problems is that to many Children are allowed to watch the Violent Movies today and also the Games for Computers are violent My Kids are grown up now but I still worry about them as even on a night out now they are in Danger.
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• Canada
8 Apr 07
Kids are in danger no matter what these days, but you would think at least that they'd not be in danger from other kids. I cannot imagine what kind of thrill a 13 year old would get from plunging a knife into someone else. How can they understand what they're doing and enjoy that? I'm glad I don't live in the UK anymore. While I fear for my children here, I know I'd fear for them far more were they still there.
@mbizmom (237)
• United States
8 Apr 07
It's sad, but something like this in the US papers has become commonplace. I worry about when I'll have to send my son to school since gangs and violence was always prevalent when I was in school so it's bound to get worse. I guess the UK has been lucky that it has taken this long for your youth to start acting out and they are using knives. In the US they just shoot each other. I think the acts of youth reflect the morals in today's modern society, unless we change our values as a country it will only continue to get worse.
@TeeandMe (104)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Its a real shame what the world is coming to nowadays. It makes you wonder how these children who are involved in this stuff is being raised. Now granted there are lots of kids who just turn bad no matter how much their parents teach them but then you have the parents who act like they don't care and you get kids like the ones you are talking about! Its just a shame...
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• Canada
8 Apr 07
Exactly! Most times, this behavior starts at home - not always, but a lot of times. I see so many parents who didn't care about what their kids were up to. Then when those kids are arrested their parents are the first ones to cry foul play. Nothing like looking for someone else to blame for their own shortcomings!
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
8 Apr 07
Oh this is so sad, why is this happening, life has become so meaningless even to the young and they are supposed to be at the innocent stage....it is very scary.
• Canada
8 Apr 07
I totally agree with you. When we can't even let our kids out for fear of them not coming home ... something has to be done. it's getting worse and worse.
@mansha (6301)
• India
12 Apr 07
It all has started wioth our race to eqarn few more pennies, I feel we are toobusy to give time to our kids.w e have to meet deadlines, get over to the work do overtime and to relax we just switch on tv and get lost in it. we hardly connect t our kids any more. Their lives are alos too much stressed these days what with too mjuch sylalbus and grades and being in the right greoup and stuff. we have lost the touch with the kids. I remember how safew th world seemed to be when I was a kid but now I am scared to let my kids out of my sight or to let them play alone in a near by park without supervision. For money people can do anything nowdays. Its not senseless with advances of technology and luxuries the gap between have and have nots is increasing and this leading to greed and now for money and few fashinable things people can do anything. till we close this gap crime will increase and we will have reports like these on daily basis.
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@jarves (815)
• Philippines
9 Apr 07
It's clearly seen that moral values have declined! Parents play a big role in molding the children's moral values. Media also played a part in demoralizing the moral values of our youth today.
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