This is a horrible story

May 24th, 2006

An 8-year-old boy released the parking break on a bus.

The bus rolled forward and killed a second-grader.

Now the boy is being charged with murder.

It was a horrible accident, viagra sale troche but was it a crime?

We’re talking about an 8-year-old.

Could he even conceive the possible consequences of his “playing” on the bus?

Should he be punished? Spanked? Grounded? Made to go to the funeral? Yes. To some degree.

But he’s already going to have to grow up knowing that he caused the death of a completely innocent human being.

Do we really need to put him in court and try him for murder? Why? To serve as an example to other 8-year-olds who are considering playing on a bus?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joey  |  May 24th, 2006 at 11:48 am

    And I was just watching a story on the news last night about a grandmother who accidentally backed over her 18-month-old grandson. No charges were filed, and they shouldn’t have been.

    It’s sad, but not a crime.

  • 2. tee bee  |  May 25th, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    Juxtapose this with the SCOTUS justices’ stance toward mature teens being executed, as well as the work of certain organizations to ensure that teens who are aware of what they do and intentionally inflict harm and death are held minimally responsible for their acts.

    Then juxtapose it with the burgeoning activism on the part of doctors, hospital boards and social services to euthanize people who have poor prognosis, regardless of their age.

    I have to remind myself that it is clearly not a crazy world, just because there are so many high-profile and effective crazies in action. Crazies often spark movements against their reactionary and relativistic claims, laws and other accomplishments, but with a significant and deep cultural drift away from our long-held definition of life and its value, this issue won’t be that easy to address.

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