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News Fifth Graders Charged With Murder Conspiracy

  1. Apr 4, 2013 #1

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    So, these two obviously violent individuals could be released in 2 years or less? I keep reading that serial killers start by torturing and killing animals when they are children. I wouldn't be surprised if these two are also into that, but have also decided to move on to humans.

    I'd like to know what kind of parents these two have. I used to regularly check my kid's backpacks for permission slips that needed signing, homework, and hopefully no decaying food that got shoved in and forgotten.

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    http://news.yahoo.com/fifth-graders...er-others-174305423--abc-news-topstories.html
     
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  3. Apr 4, 2013 #2

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    Yikes. No remorse, and apparently no empathy by age 10 or 11? Yeah, that's a bad sign.

    I hope the young girl they were targeting isn't affected long-term by this.
     
  4. Apr 4, 2013 #3

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    I hope that they plan to warn her when they come up for release. And those other students they want to kill as well.

    I wonder how much these sick tv shows that glorify serial killers is to blame for putting these thoughts into their minds? Someone that is mentally/criminally ill can really be affected by exposure to violent games and shows.

    Watching the show "Vikings" on the History channel reminds me that being brought up exposed to violence produces violence, especially when it's presented as being the right way.

    I'm not saying that normal kids can't be exposed as long as they are brought up in the right environment, so don't start with the "I play violent video games", I'm not talking about you. :biggrin:
     
  5. Apr 4, 2013 #4

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    Whoa there...sounds like you're implying that parents might have responsibilities.
     
  6. Apr 4, 2013 #5

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    Ok, that made me laugh. :tongue:
     
  7. Apr 4, 2013 #6
    They are children with underdeveloped brains because they are 10-11, so jailing them for conspiracy to commit murder is something I am not for at all. I'd be in favor of counseling services as that will be much, much more beneficial than juvenile or jail to which they will get out and will be more dangerous than before.

    All in all, I believe jail or "juvenile hall" to be rather backwards in approach and that counseling services will provide a better help to these young boys. What these courts are doing is brushing the problem under the rug to which the problem will be out in a few years.


    ... They aren't serial killers or would be serial killers. One of the boys was hurt obviously over the break-up, which would explain her "annoyance".

    Counseling.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2013 #7

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    Counseling is called for, but counseling killers/potential killers doesn't do a lot of good.

    I can't speak for you, but when I was that age, I definitely knew right from wrong. I knew what death was. I knew it was illegal and I knew the punishment. Kids are much, much smarter and savvy than we pretend, so I have to disagree with your viewpoint. I agree with the psychologists that interviewed the potential killers and with the court that deals with criminals this age. They see something very wrong with these two.

    A crush between two 10-11 year olds doesn't end with murder, I can't believe you think that's a reasonable outcome. Not to mention that 10 year olds don't date in this country, at least not outside of states like Mississippi and Alabama. Dating is a very emotionally mature endevour, but for some reason you accept that they were in a "relationship", which ended in a "breakup". :uhh:
     
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  9. Apr 4, 2013 #8

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    Bringing a knife and a 0.45 caliber pistol to school crosses a line that can't be crossed.
     
  11. Apr 4, 2013 #10

    The underlying assumption here is that everyone is inherently good. I don't think there's a whole of evidence to support that notion, especially in a case like this.
     
  12. Apr 4, 2013 #11
    So, we send them to juvenile hall for about 5 years, they get out, and kill people. I am for the position that has a better possibility of minimizing and potentially curbing their would-be violent tendencies.

    But to my other point, yes, kids are savvy. But you weren't these kids, nor did you have their particular upbringing as I recall from your biography. Different upbringings happen to everyone, and while most kids are, what I like to think of, "good-natured", there are a few that often misstep and take a wrong path because of circumstances beyond their control.

    The psychologist stated that the boys presented a danger to whomever they were targeting or to people, which is understandable why the judge would want them to be far away from the person they were targeting for murder. I get that.

    As for the relationship thing, I am using the relationship angle here a bit idiotically, I know, but I think they may be targeting her because one of the boy's is angry with her, and they both may be angry outside of her which would make sense to me seeing that often times its easier to target another person for attack because there is nothing else that can be done or it is hard to think of something to quell a bad situation. Kids aren't automatons that have no feelings, their feelings are often immature such as these boys in this particular case and I am of the assumption they don't have the intellective capacity to handle their emotions.

    It's often easy to label someone rather than try to understand that person. Throwing down the hammer and saying, "guilty" won't do anything but suppress their would-be future actions based on what one of the boys said. He stated, "doesn't matter if I go to jail, once I get out, I am killing the person who told on us." (Paraphrased). I say, trying to help them will probably help one of the boys to see what he is doing is wrong. I am an optimist and believe they have potential to turn into productive members.

    I honestly think it has something to do with their emotions rather than they being cold-hearted killers. I don't believe they are.

    But, to add onto my point above, there have been other child killers. Specifically, The Likens story where a young 16 year old girl was tortured and killed by her aunt and some of the neighborhood children. One of the children participating in this crime John Baniszewski who later in his life, regretted what he had done and now speaks about it to other people that want to just throw the gavel down and call it a day.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Likens
    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/young/likens/18.html

    I believe that they should at least try counseling first, and having the family (the kids who brought the weaponry to school) leave the district for the sake of their children.
     
  13. Apr 4, 2013 #12

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    They will be getting counseling. But that doesn't negate the fact that right now they are capable of killing in cold blood and that having come up with this on their own, not following directions of an adult (as in your example), there isn't much hope for them, and that they could be released in a couple of years is frightening.
     
  14. Apr 5, 2013 #13

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    Lol counseling and mental rehabilitation. What happened to the old days of Hammurabi =D? Anyways, it is sad that people are going so soft on them just because they are kids. They tried to murder an innocent girl with a damn gun for pete's sake. When will people stop being so accommodating to even the most cold hearted of criminals?
     
  15. Apr 5, 2013 #14
    You're right ultimately. They will be released and counseling won't do much if what I alluded to in my previous post of there being circumstances they are unable to control like a bad home environment, are still ever present in their lives whilst counseling.

    But here it says they were going to rape the girl and then kill her.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/graders-stand-trial-conspiracy-charges-18872683
     
  16. Apr 5, 2013 #15

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    It isn't even a matter of "helping" them recover. They deserve to be punished for their heinous intents.

    And this just makes their need to be punished infinitely more appropriate. I don't see any need to differentiate them from the ranks of adult rapists. Rapists are rapists period, doesn't matter how old they are they were intending to attempt the most depraved crime a lone human could commit on a poor little girl.
     
  17. Apr 5, 2013 #16

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    Kinda surprised "gun law reform" has not been mentioned in this thread.

    There's been times (rare, fortunately) in the past when I've been absolutely livid at someone, and if I had a weapon it's possible I might have used it in that moment of irrational insanity. Everyone has the potential for "heinous thoughts". But in my part of the world, gun laws are strict, I don't own one, never fired one, never even held a real one. I guess I'll never really understand America. :uhh:
     
  18. Apr 5, 2013 #17
    I dont live in America but I do live in a country where guns are acceptable and I did grow up around guns, using them for hunting and some recreation. In my maddest moments, at any age, I would never have used a weapon against my agressors. I think these kids have more issues than just an exposed childhood.
     
  19. Apr 5, 2013 #18

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    One thing that needs to be sussed out with counselling: did the two boys participate in planning equally, or was one the leader and the other just following? I suspect the latter.
     
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