Why Children Kill

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WHY CHILDREN KILL
PATRICIA LOAYZA
ST LEO UNIVERSITY

WHY CHILDREN KILL

All through this century, social scientists have been concerned by the idea that crime and violence is too often the domain of juveniles. Even though the number of children who kill is small in the past decade has reached and all time high. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2008 the murder arrest rate was 3.8 arrests per 100,000 juveniles ages 10 through 17. This was 17 percent more than the 2004 low of 3.3 and three-quarters less than the 1993 peak of 14.4 percent. The search for an explanation of age and violence has led to comprehensive studies that have determined the importance of family and relationship bonds. One of these important studies was led by Cathy Spatz Widom, she studied 1,575 kids between the ages of 5 and 18 and determined that a history of growing up between physical abuse and neglect whether directed at the kids or loved ones around them is a immense contribution in participation of violence in later years, that includes a cycle of violence. Neglect and child cruelty can be defined as failure of caregivers to provide respect, love, protection, food, clothes, shelter and medical attention. In the article written on 15 February, 2010 by Susan Donaldson James for ABC News we can see a perfect example of Widom’s hypothesis; a 13 year old, Michigan boy accused of point blank killing. FarkTechnoratiGoogleLiveMy SpaceNewsvineRedditDeliciousMixx
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In the article James writes that the child was charged by the premeditated murder of his soon to be step-father while he was sitting using a computer. The boy claimed the Jan. 24 shooting was an accident, telling police, "the gun went off and the finger was in the trigger." But his 12-year-old friend has told the court that Mann had brought the gun to school and told him he was…...

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