The parents and the child/youth perpetrator are legally accountable
The parents are accountable, but legally, the child/youth perpetrator should suffer all the consequences
The child/youth perpetrator is completely accountable for their actions
I think he is responsible for his actions. Eighteen year olds know that it is wrong and dangerous to hit people. regardless of his parents, it's him who should be held accountable as he is the one that did it.
HOWEVER, I do actually really feel sad for him, he is so young and has pretty much ruined his life because of one stupid action. I dont know anything about his upbringing or what he was in that night but suspect they are both contributing factors, and it's just so sad that because of a stupid unnecessary decision to hit someone, so many young lives have been ruined.
My thoughts and prayers are with both his and Thomas' families.
What age do you propose becomes the legal age? Every body, every brain develops at a different pace. We aren't automatons. It can't be personally tailored to each individual, that's impossible.
Do you really think an 18 year old can't grasp the consequences of punching someone? That at the very least, they'll be injured?
It's a cop out to lay the blame on the parents. Lay it where it should be - on the shoulders of the perpertrator.
So.. he's old enough to vote, old enough to buy alcohol, old enough to smoke, old enough to move out of home. But his parents should have held his hand that night like a 5 yo?
No, 18 is well and truly old enough to be in trouble with the law.
You could argue that he didnt know right from wrong.
But after punching Thomas he was interviewed by the police. He was obviously standing there seeing the ambulance and what was happening.
AFTER that he went on to hit TWO more people. I find it hard to believe he didnt know what he was doing.
He is 18, not that long ago most people were married with children at 18. By all accounts his family and friends are nuts, well - you know, complete bogans really. But he is still 18. He should be charged with murder.
His parents may have raised him badly, but at the end of the day we all have free will, I know people who have been through the wringer growing up and they have turned their lives around for the better.
I think it is a really slippery slope when you blame parents for their children's actions. Especially if they are 18 - an adult. Are we going to blame Ivan milat's parents as well?
Ps- you don't have the questions in your poll - "the adult is responsible for their own actions".
You know, stuff happens in life, and it all shapes us in some way or another.
Different parents may have yeilded a different result... or it may not have. We can't know.
I do understand that go from 17 to 18 suddenly makes you instantly an adult without anything magical happening that makes you feel any more adult... but there has to be a cut off point, and 18 sounds reasonable to me. You're old enough to understand right from wrong (except in extreme circumstances) at that age, and most people aged 18 would know this regardless of their upbringing.
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