Opinion: The Criminalizing of Childhood Behavior Crosses More Lines Into Insanity
A 10-year-old girl is facing rape charges for playing ‘doctor’ with a 4-year-old boy.
That line alone should be enough to put any sane person’s head in their hands in exasperation.
We started with well-meaning with bullying, but instead we gave our children a label they didn’t understand that was free range to hate and bully.
We should have taught, as my parents did to me, how to learn to ignore and deal with bullies. The worst bullies I have ever encountered in life were adults and there were no legal recourse for me there.
Instead we give kids a label to slap on those they don’t like and for some kids that do what ALL kids do: make fun of each other, and gave children criminal records over it.
Now we are making children just doing natural innocent exploration sex offenders?
I’m not endorsing the behavior, but what should happen here is that the parents take their children aside and in the caring, comforting environment of a loving home explain why that is not acceptable behavior.
Placing a ten-year-old in juvenile detention and most likely causing severe emotional and mental damage and the ruining her for life with a sex-offender label is not only wrong, its criminal in itself, or it should be.
Children are not adults; they don’t understand the way we do.
She. Is. Ten!
He. Is. Four!
They are doing what young children do, and they need the guidance of loving parents, not the heavy hand of criminal law.
The officials… no, the government hacks that blew this so out of proportion should be ashamed, fired and run out of town, and if a parent is part of it I think this may be a case for CPS.
Andrew Montalvo is a KFYO Talkshow Producer. Let him know what you think in the comments below.