Juveniles Tried as Adults Essay

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Adult Crimes, Adult Consequences Violent juvenile crime can be quite chilling. We are not supposed to be afraid of our children. Fostered partly by the proliferation of guns, juvenile violence rose in the late 1980s through the early 1990s, shaping a sensation, popular image of teenage sociopaths running wild. Occasionally highly publicized acts of violence by children under 13 created a belief that even grade school kids can be irredeemable. Today, although the juvenile crime rate remains high, it is in decline, largely because of a recent drop in violent crime by young offenders. Still, the fearful sense that we are besieged by youthful predators persists. $ Thursday, May 21, 1998. In Springfield, Oregon, 15-year old Kip Kinkel opened fire in the cafeteria of Thurston High School. Two were killed and 25 others were wounded. $ Tuesday, March 24, 1998. In Jonesboro, Arkansas, 11-year old Andrew Golden and 13-year old Mitchell Johnson pulled the fire alarm and shot at the students filing out of the school. Five were killed and ten were wounded. $ Monday, December 1, 1997. In Paducah, Kentucky, 14-year old Michael Carneal pulled out a pistol and began firing on a student prayer group. Three were killed and five others were injured (Chiou). These incidents are only a tiny sample of the school shootings that have been committed by juveniles in the United States. More shootings have happened in Onalaska, Washington; Johnston, Rhode Island; Endinboro, Pennsylvania; St. Charles, Missouri and the list can go on and on. The criminals of today just seem to be getting younger and younger. According to the Iowa State Daily, murder cases among 14 to 17 year olds have increased 160 percent between 1984 and 1999. Unfortunately the 14 to 17 year olds are still classified as juveniles, and thus, are tried in the juvenile

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