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56 months ago

Do You Think The Age Of Criminal Responsibility Should Be Lowered/Highered/Stay The Same?

In light of the recent case where 2 young brothers were held and charged for beating/abusing 2 younger children, do you think that the age for criminal responisbility be changed? Do you think children of certain ages are too young? Obviously children below a certain age would be excempt, ie 5 or under. What are your thoughts?
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Maneater_bat

  56 months ago
LOwered. "kids" that are able to kill should be punished! these are not kids, but monsters!. however, on some occasions, it would be more appropriate to lock this kid-murderer in a psychiatric clinic. sometimes, these are parents who made kids think in certain ways. they directly influence child's views on whats right, and some kids' views on whats moral ir rather perverted.
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lisajb57

  56 months ago
I think that due to the proven research that children are maturing younger that the age should be dropped. Kids mature a lot younger now, they deal with more adult situations younger and as such I think they need to reassess the age of criminal responsibility.
I also think that the age should be fluid as a serious violent and personal crime, like a child stabbing another child several times shouldn't be treated solely on their age.
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n13715

  56 months ago
i would say the age when you start secondary school, So 11 ?
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sheila8881

  56 months ago
I would say 7 at the lowest. There are some that live not far from me that can swear like navvys and are completely out of control at 5 & 6.If they are mollycoddled and just get a telling off, they are just laughing all the way to the next crime.
This country is far too soft, do the crime and learn from the punishment.
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fruitydumpling

  56 months ago
I would probably not lower it below 10. A child of 6 or 7 still believes that if you take a box that has white stones in one side and black in the other and shake the box that once the stones are all mixed together that by shaking the box again they will be able to separate the stones into their original colour groups. How then could we expect a child younger than that to fully understand what the implications could be of some of the behaviours that are being talked about here? Younger children are still learning about right or wrong and are still capable of magical thinking. So before a judgement can be made on a child's behaviour you have to be absolutely certain that they know FULLY what they have done wrong. They may know that they were naughty and think it will result in no television or sweets but not understand the wider consequences. For goodness sake to talk about punishing a child of 4 or 5 astounds me. Where is the compassion for children whose upbringing/illness has so screwed them up that they behave in such antisocial ways. Surely we should support these children not label them for the rest of their lives.
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sarahstokes

  56 months ago
I think 7 years is the lowest I would go. I think that children in infants school do not necessarily know right from wrong in the legal sense. Obviously some children are more 'knowing' than others.
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haddonbp

  56 months ago
If they are old enough to know right from wrong they are old enough to be face the punishment due to them and should be named and shamed.
No person should be excused punishment on account of their age and hide behind that, child or teenager and the age limit is immaterial in any crime in my book!
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glennbradbury

  56 months ago
I think that the age should definately be lowered. They know that they are doing wrong so they should be punished for doing it.
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weevle21

  56 months ago
If you're old enough to commit the crime, you're old enough to face the consequences. Even those of four years old these days know they shouldn't be beating the crap out of another person. I most definately think it should be lowered to 5 years old or possibly even 4, to say you're only responsible for your own actions after 10years old is complete rubbish and children today know exactly what they can get away with.
parents should be held responsible to, like the case of a 9 year old child who knicked their parents car and went on a joy ride because he didnt want to go to bed, how the hell did he know how to drive? ( i know its easier in America where it happened but it does happen in this country)
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