12 year old arrested for armed robbery

GnT 24 October 2007 33

A 12 year old boy allegedly pulled a pair of scissors on a man and tried to take his backpack, before cutting is arm then hiding near a tree.

This story is sad, sad, sad. What drives a child to commit such a crime? Where are his role models? Who is taking care of his needs? Who is looking after him? Why is he so desperate?

I don’t want to start a ‘blame the parents’ tirade, nor do I think he’s 100% victim. But something is seriously wrong with society when we can’t look after our little ones.


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Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 6:13 pm 25 Oct 07

It’s relative Pandy. I’d go with anywhere that could fall under the broad umbrella of “Belco” and any suburb that has Drakeford Drive pass through it.

Pandy Pandy 5:57 pm 25 Oct 07

Sepi,
What suburbs are underprivileged?

Stung Stung 3:44 pm 25 Oct 07

boys will be boys..

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 2:28 pm 25 Oct 07

[cue suggestions of a bullet for the kid and his parents]

pierce pierce 2:27 pm 25 Oct 07

Hear hear Sepi

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 2:21 pm 25 Oct 07

Damn straight sepi! Damn straight!

sepi sepi 2:17 pm 25 Oct 07

I’d spend much more money on rehab.
I’d have lock-up mental health facilities.
I’d spend more on preventative measures.
I’d have social policies aimed at improving the lives of those living in underprivileged/crime ridden neighbourhoods.

Theoretically all this would eventually pay for itself in reduced crime and reduced need for prison beds.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 2:13 pm 25 Oct 07

Maybe they could enforce the ‘argue the point’ rule instead of ‘call people insane if they don’t agree with your rigid thinking’ policy that seems to prevail here.
Narrow-minded Wanker alert!

Lord Mælinar Lord Mælinar 2:00 pm 25 Oct 07

Perhaps the Admins might want to try inserting the comment ‘Stop and have a little think before you’ before the Say It! button.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:38 pm 25 Oct 07

sorry, the first was an immediate response, the second was the body I meant to put in but remembered after I clicked ‘say it’, the 3rd was a correction. If you’d read the 3rd post, you would have picked that up. Doofus.
I wish we could edit our posts.

Lord Mælinar Lord Mælinar 1:09 pm 25 Oct 07

3 post frootloop warning

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:03 pm 25 Oct 07

“I’m not living under the illusion that rehab etc. works” was supposed to have “all the time” at the end of it.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:02 pm 25 Oct 07

So what’s the solution sepi? Just lock them up from the starters? That’s kinda taking a bow, if you ask me.
I’m not living under the illusion that rehab etc. works. It needs work, a lot of work and even then, it won’t be 100% foolproof. Then again, prison definatley isn’t 100% foolproof. I think we should always be looking at alternatives to prison, especially in the case of such young offenders and working to get these alternatives effective, not just throwing up our arms every time they fail.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 12:56 pm 25 Oct 07

Nah, Pandy. You from QLD?

Lord Mælinar Lord Mælinar 12:07 pm 25 Oct 07

In Australia;

5.56mm = $0.22
5.56mm blank = $0.25 (yes it costs more to pretend bang bang)

** Disclaimer **
It’s been a long time since I looked at the cost of ammunition, and they have probably been modified.

Pandy Pandy 11:33 am 25 Oct 07

A bullet costs a dollar. Just ask the Chinese.

sepi sepi 10:58 am 25 Oct 07

There was a segment on radio this morning about recidivism and prison statistics.

30% of prison populations are former children of the state (taken from their parents). Unfortunately it is usually not a good option. I mean does anyone you know volunteer for foster care? Sadly some who do it only do it for the extra payments they get. And many of the kids are so messed up it wouldn’t matter who got them.

The segment also said that most crimes are committed by a few people (except murder which is usually a relative). And most criminals live in certain pockets of cities, where there is high unemployment, low education and general disadvantage.

They also said that for every dollar you spend in councelling/rehab/etc, you save several dollars in prison costs later on.

Stung Stung 10:53 am 25 Oct 07

the bloke should have given the little scallywag a smack in the mouth and told him to get on his bike

VYBerlinaV8...the_original_and_best VYBerlinaV8...the_original_and_best 8:23 am 25 Oct 07

Watch out barking toad – I made a very similar comment to yours last time this happened, and got strung up for it! FWIW, I agree with you.

Pandy Pandy 10:21 pm 24 Oct 07

Deadmandrinking!!!!! Ha! You from NT?

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