Originally posted by Wehali
No child should ever be tried as an adult, you know why? Because they are
NOT ADULTS!. Every child should have the right of a second chance, and a
third chance, and a fourth chance.. when he becomes an adult it becomes
different, but as long as he's not an adult, he deserves to be forgiven and
to be granted new chances.
The individuals in question are not children; they are 17- and 18-year-old young men, presumably capable of the level of thought standard of other
individuals of their age. To consider them children would be absolutely foolish. I understood right from wrong, the illegal from the legal, the cruel
from the kind, by the time I hit puberty--I certainly hope young men on the very cusp of legal adulthood (one having already reached it) know this. If
they don't, it's to a psychiatric hospital they go.
Originally posted by ghaleon12
25 years is ridiculous. People kill and eat cats all the time in other countries. Does the means really matter? A dead cat is a dead cat. I swear
I've heard of people getting locked away shorter from killing an actually person, stupid.
Please, please, for the love of god, read threads before you post. There are only four (closer to three and a half) pages here. To state once again,
the teens are not only in trouble for setting a cat alight.
The blaze [from the burning cat, who happened to survive until being euthanized by a
veterinarian] also damaged the building, which has other units that are occupied...They face charges of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary
and aggravated animal cruelty and could spend up to 25 years in prison if convicted.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The title of the article (and consequently, the thread) are misleading. Had it not been clarified numerous times in this thread, any lack of awareness
of these facts would be understandable. As it stands, I must be the fourth person to step in and reiterate the facts stated in the article: the 25
year sentence, which has not been applied yet, is related to three distinct charges, only one of which pertains to burning a cat alive.
The younger (17-year-old) criminal is undergoing a separate trial for breaking into an apartment in the same building and beating a sleeping tenant in
pursuit of money. It sounds like he'll be doing quite a bit of time, all things considered.
And I agree with some of you that prison time is not in the best interest of society at large. When these men are turned out onto the streets after
completing their sentences, they'll likely have the same sadistic tendencies--multiplied by tens--and an even greater arsenal of new tricks,
deceptions, and (perhaps) physical prowess. That is not a good combination. I'd suggest therapeutic work with animals (to foster compassion and
respect for other creatures) and psychiatric help.
[edit on 22/3/09 by paperplanes]