Violent Juveniles Should Be Tried as Adults

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Guilty! As the gavel hits the sound block, everyone is amazed at the verdict. This teenage boy is sentenced to a life in prison without parole. As you read this in newspapers, magazines, and even online, what goes through your head? You may be thinking, “Why is this teen being tried as adult, he is just a kid.” While he is “just a kid”, and this is a widely held opinion but it is not mine. Should minors who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? Absolutely. Just because minors are young they do have the ability to know what is right from wrong. Since these minors have committed the crime, they need to be held accountable. If a minor has acted as an adult, they need to be treated like adults. Lastly, minors need to know …show more content…
With anyone’s experience through high school, someone will always get away with something major. Classmates of mine drink, go to parties, and sometimes get high. The worst thing about this, is that many parents let their kids get away with stuff like that. There are reasons that minors should not drink, go to parties, or even do drugs. The parents of the minors should reprimand them for doing these horrible actions. They need to know that doing drugs, getting drunk, and going to parties have consequences and that they will be reprimanded for their actions. If minors commit the crime, they need to be taught they can not get away with what they have done. An eleven old gunman holds up a store for eight dollars. A pair of teenage girls rob and kill a cab driver. A pair of teenage boys rob a teacher using a .375 magnum. These are all cases where the minors got away with the crimes they committed. This is a good example of what happens when the justice system did not hold the minor accountable for the crime. In Florida 2001, fourteen year old Lionel Tate was charged with murder. He was “practicing wrestling moves” on his six-year old neighbor, Tiffany Eunick. People wondered whether he was actually practicing wrestling moves on her or brutally beating her.. The police experts say it was a brutal beating when they found 35 injuries on the poor girl. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of
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