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  •  I am sorry to waste your time but... (9+ / 0-)

    The concept of death is a question most people struggle with their entire life and it evolves over that period.

    My wife watches all of those murder shows.  One of the things I hate most is when they say the suspect did not act right upon hearing the news of the death or seeing the body.  I watched a twelve year old girl at her father's funeral act as if it were a tea party, cordually welcoming everyone, laughing and enjoying the attention.  Do you think she didn't love her father?  Of course she did.  

    She was a child and the concept of death was complicated.  She understood that he was never coming back but was also in denial.  She reacted in her way just like everyone who deals with a traumatic loss deals with it in their own way.  My wife's father died when she was sixteen and she didn't believe it was him in the casket.  She cognitively understood it was him but did not believe it on an emotional level and for a long time would look up when someone would enter through the front door expecting to see him.  Kids do not process complicated emotions the same way we do. Throw in abuse and feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness and who knows what kind of problem solutions they may come up with to emotional issues.

    Ask a kid what they want to do when they grow up.  Even at sixteen, eighteen, twenty-one and do not be surprised if they tell you they want to be a football star even if they do not play football or to be a professional singing star even if they do not currently sing.  They do not have developed reasoning skills when it comes to future planning and the consequences of their actions and/or inactions.  Kids are not miniature adults and it is time for the law and everyone else in this country to recognize this.  

    I believe in accountability and even a child should take responsibility for their actions. However, I believe that in our current political mania, it is easier to blame the kid as being a monster than to work to alleviate the causes that turn children into monsters.  They see only black and white in a shades of gray world.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 02:34:13 PM PST

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    •  exactly. (3+ / 0-)
      I believe that in our current political mania, it is easier to blame the kid as being a monster than to work to alleviate the causes that turn children into monsters.
      Its easy to see these children as monsters and hell its very easy to lock up monsters, but for everyone involved its better to actually find a way to help these kids instead of just locking them up.

      "We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn

      by Mudderway on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:16:39 PM PST

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