What do you think murderers who do it for fun are ? ?
Not serial killers - Mary Bell supposedly did it for fun but only killed twice which means she's wasn't a serial killer. Myra Hindley was a serial killer but she was also successfully rehabilitated to become a graduate in humanities while serving her sentence.
This year-shy-of-an-adult commits a heinous act of cruelty as a joke to cap off the felony that she's also just committed, and should be tried and sentenced as an adult. And you want to liken that to Dachau? She needs to be held responsible for her actions. Not coddled with counseling and a diet coke. So glad you didn't come on too heavy or anything. Sheesh!
Not what I meant at all, steve. As I've said before, if someone's not able to be responsible for their own actions, then society has to be responsible for them - which includes helping them become responsible for their actions. Certainly what I'd like to see is for her to be helped to become an actual adult.
My 'Dachau' comparison was a response to the 'throw her in the shredder' comment. People working in concentration camps (for example) were able to treat other people in concentration camps with profound cruelty and contempt because they'd managed to find a way not to see them as people. I'd prefer not to see any tendency in that direction on the part of society encouraged.
Oh, and if you think being properly counselled is in any way being 'coddled', you've never been properly counselled! Being prompted to look at yourself and your actions honestly is a hell of a lot more challenging than just being locked in a cell every day for a few years, and potentially a great deal more productive. And no, I'm not saying they're mutually exclusive.
Edited by padmavyuha (12/06/0909:44 PM)
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