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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Juveniles, not adults

Burned Florida teen having skin graft surgery http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/20/florida.burned.boy/index.html?iphoneemail

First, let me say that if the burned boy needs skin for grafting, I can identify several detainees who should be more than willing to offer theirs.

Now, onward and upward.

Some of these boys are being charged as adults.

Let's see. They cannot buy alcohol. They cannot buy smokes. They cannot vote.

Yet, they are responsible for thinking through the long term consequences of their actions taken in a moment of passion?

Do not think that I am excusing these boys for what they did. I am not. However, these boys should be held accountable as boys, not as men.

I'd be more likely inclined to require that the parents of those accused boys pony up as adults.

BTW, we have a ways to go regarding distinguishing between adults and children. Currently, a young adult can legally carry a weapon into battle and kill people on our behalf. Yet, that young adult cannot legally have wine with dinner or have a beer with a hotdog.

This is all just plain wrong.

-- text tapped from a virtual keyboard. You found misspellings? Imagine that. Get over it.

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