Teen Girls To Be Charged As Adults in Slender Man Case…
The Hypocrisy of charging teens as adults.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are both 13 years old now but were 12 at the time of their alleged crime. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren has now ordered them to stand trial as adults. They face up to 65 years in prison for the stabbing. The victim survived the stabbing and yet these two young and very disturbed girls are facing a longer sentence than some get for murder. I think this fundamentally wrong for a lot of reasons. A couple of them are that it’s hypocritical and it does nothing to rehabilitate teens that end getting charged as adults.
The whole reason the court system tries children separately from adults is to protect them. They are young, and therefore not capable of making grown up decisions with in the eyes of the court. Personally, I don’t agree with that, I think some kids can make adult decisions and make better ones that most adults. But, I accept on general principles that children don’t have the necessary life experience to make grown up decisions and thus they need protection under the law.
This is why I am enraged every time I hear that a child is being tried as an adult. I don’t understand the argument made for this. It’s the same argument every time, “They made the adult decision to kill some one so they should be charged as an adult.” It is such a hypocritical train of thought. First off, it doesn’t show an adult decision. It shows a bad decision not an adult decision.
Let’s look at this way. Let’s say a 12 or 13 year old girl has a crush on an adult and she actively peruses a relationship with said adult. Going even further, let’s say that said adult gives in and has sex with this kid. This little girl, no matter what she said or what she did would never be charged with a crime. She wanted to have sex with this adult, she was not forced in anyway into having sex with this adult and she enjoyed the experience. Yet, nothing she could do or say is going to make any of us think or feel that she was anything or than a victim of sexual abuse and that’s the way it should be.
So how is it that the same girl could make the decision to stab someone and then she’s suddenly an adult? She makes the decision to sleep with an adult and she’s not held accountable at all? It’s complete non-sense! Of course she’s the victim of a sexual assault! She’s a child, and in this country we do our best to protect our children from certain adult realities until we feel that they have reached an aged in which they have some amount of healthy life experience behind them. You can’t say in the same breath that a kid is an adult if they seriously harm someone and yet they’re a child and a victim if they choose to have sex with someone. You can’t have it both ways.
Of course, this is “Merica. Sometimes, it’s like we pride ourselves on being terribly shallow, ignorant and hypocritical. It’s like so many other stupid things we accept in this country. Like, as a country, we have no problem at with allowing an 18 year old kid to sign up for the military and be placed in a war zone. We have no problems with letting that 18 year kill and be killed. Yet, that same kid wants to have a beer? Fuck him! It’s a crime! Are you kidding me? How fucking ass backwards can we be? Either lower the drinking age to 18 or raise the age of military age of acceptance to 21.
Either all of our children or worth protecting or they are not. It’s really that simple. It is insane to me that two 12 year old girls, are going to be charged as adults because they pledged an allegiance to a fictional character. How ironic it is that every witness in that trial will have to place their hand on a Bible and basically swear the same allegiance.