You know me, I'm not one to discuss PROPER serious topics on my blog on a regular basis. I prefer to keep it lighthearted most of the time.
But I just was watching a news report which got me thinking.
It was the story of an eight year old girl in London who was raped by two 10 year old boys.
I've got to say, there's a lot that shocks me in this day and age and still shocks me, but this appalled me. To the point where I have had tears randomly running down my face at the thought ever since.
The news story said the suspects on trial were being treated differently in terms of their trial, and that their identify was being protected.
Do they deserve this? I am a bit torn. I don't know whether they deserve it or not, to be perfectly honest.
Sure, they are young, but I still find it hard not to judge.
I can't help but think of the James Bulger case from the early nineties. Young boys tortured and killed a two year old boy, and were jailed but upon their release, they were protected and given new identities. One of them is now back in prison. Have they learned their lesson?
Can people who commit crimes so young change for the better? How can we trust them to? It's a total headfuck. Can we excuse someone their crimes based on their youth and potential ignorance to the crime they are committing? Surely they must KNOW it is wrong?
Is youth an excuse in these cases?
I'm not so sure.