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
Yeah, I'm not sure this is even an adult vs child thing. The truth is - most of us, regardless of our upbringing, know that you don't go around punching people all night. Even, if he was only 12 or 13 on some level he would know. That is our society - you do the wrong thing you go to jail etc.
It sounds like he was on drugs or something - not that I've heard anything, just the pure aggression he was displaying.
I'm curious to know how you suggest proving whether a parent has taught their child right from wrong.
Do you call witnesses from 15 years ago who observed the child do something wrong and the parent not say anything? Put the parent on the stand and cross-examine them on whether they punished their child for things in the past and make some sort of objective assessment on whether that punishment was sufficient? It's all so speculative.
I doubt there is anything that could prove the parents' responsibility beyond reasonable doubt.
Yep...it is more than likely he was drinking heavily or maybe on drugs - sometimes one bad decision leads to another.
I don't know where the blaming of the parents stops really...a kid runs wild in the supermarket - bad parent. Gets bad grades - bad parents. Drinks too much - bad parent. Does something unthinkable - bad parent. Where does it end?
Dont get me wrong. He should be punished. It would be terrible for him to go away for 20 years, but he should be punished.
I just believe the parents should also be held accountable.
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