10 year-old boy being charged for wildfires. 16 replies

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SteVen

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#1 11 years ago

This is insane...

TIME The 10-year-old boy who accidentally started one of the worst California wildfires last month could face stern consequences, should prosecutors decide to bring charges. Though too young to be charged as an adult, the boy could still face millions of dollars in fines, removal from his home and possible detention as a ward of the state. For now the boy's fate — and that of his parents, who would be partially liable for any restitution payments he would have to pay — rests with Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. His office told TIME he has not yet decided how to proceed. "The matter is under review," spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told TIME on Monday. "No decision has been made."

Full Story I can't decide on where to take a stand on this...on one hand the 10 year old boy is a young innocent and doesn't deserve punishment..but at the same time I feel someone needs to be.




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#2 11 years ago

Prevention, prevention.

"Boy, do not play with fire, it's dangerous and can have serious consequences." :rolleyes:




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#3 11 years ago

That'll teach the lil moron to play with matches. He only burned down a couple hundred houses


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#4 11 years ago

He didn't take the advice of Smokey The Bear.

Generally at the young age of 10 the court will have to decide if he really understood the possible consequences of his behavior. He will probably be held partially responsible for his behavior and his parents will also be held partially responsible for the outcome of his behavior.




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#5 11 years ago

I don't think they should charge him terribly. He's 10. I mean, burning tons of houses= terrible, but it wasn't a criminal act- an accident 'twas. And he's 10... People should be charged for their actions, not the outcome.




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#6 11 years ago

For hurting my favourite state like he did...I'm voting firing squad.




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#7 11 years ago

the kid admitted to it, and should be punished, though taking him away from his parents would be a bit much.. make him do some time in juvie, so he realizes the consiquinses to what he did




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#8 11 years ago

The parents should accept full responsibility. The child obviously can't understand the meaning of the word 'consequence', nor 'carelessness'. He'll most likely be mocked and distrusted by all his peers for the rest of his life, and I personally feel that is more then enough punishment.

Maybe he'll choose public service in the field of fire prevention for his career. Impossible to determine. Though, as I said, his parents should be faced with the charges, but I doubt they could afford the reimbursements.




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#9 11 years ago
"Boy, do not play with fire, it's dangerous and can have serious consequences." roll%20eyes%20%28sarcastic%29.gif

Nobody ever understands the danger of fire until they get burnt.

Though, as I said, his parents should be faced with the charges, but I doubt they could afford the reimbursements.

That might be a bit of a knee-jerk reaction.




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#10 11 years ago
Archmage Cleps;4023135Nobody ever understands the danger of fire until they get burnt.

Appropriate prevention does the job and apparently there was none in this case.




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