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Sherrlene Uy

Teacher - English and Research, Glendale School, Inc. (QC, Phil)

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Amidst the rising cases involving the youth, should juvenile offenders be acquitted since they are, by law, minors?

Here in my country, the Philippines, crimes involving juvenile offenders are in a hot spot for debate. The dilemma rises from the conflicting ideas as to acquit a "child" for committing a mistake or letting him/her serve the punishment for the crime he/she has committed.

Which do we need to focus on -- the "child" or the crime?

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    Feb 17 2013: Seems to me that kids going the wrong way are lacking in parental guidance (and control). If both parents have to work to support a family, the kids often gang-up with others.
    Parents should be made jointly responsible about what bad things their kids do (up to a certain age). Even if it means paying for any damage. Money usually is a good incentive to do something about a bad situation.

    It would be nice if there was a government program that would evaluate a kid for possible talents and steer in that direction. Then it would also help if businesses were given financial incentives to hire older kids in training programs.
    Programs that are part training, part work.

    There is nothing better for a kid to learn that actions have consequences.

    Also, that in the long run, being useful in society is more rewarding and satisfying than having-your-way. The last has no end.

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