A 6 year old boy brought a gun to school and shot his first grade classmate in the library
for a scuffle they had on the playground the previous day. According to the legal
system, children under 7 are not held responsible for crimes because a 6 year old cannot
form criminal intent.
In the case of the 6 year old boy who shot his classmate is a very sad and interesting case
because the child will not be charged for the shooting. While reading this article my mind
begin to wonder about the law. Child maltreatment refers to all intentional harm to, or
avoidable endangerment to anyone under the age of 18(Berger, 222).The child was living
in a home where guns were available to find and he had two relatives who were in prison
for gun related charges. Child neglect which is failure to meet a child's basic, physical,
educational, or emotional needs (Berger, 222). The child was neglected because the parents
in the home were not paying attention to what was going on with the child. He clearly
modeled behavior of his relatives by bringing a gun to school to harm someone.
Active aggression occurs when a child's dislike erupts into action(Berger, 261). The child
had reactive aggression because he retaliated after an incident that happened on the
previous day. Reactive aggression involves an impulsive retaliation for another person's
intentional or accidental actions, psychical or verbal(Berger, 261). Bullying aggression
occurred as well because he deliberately hurt her by shooting her. I do not know much about
the law and how individual are charged for crimes they commit. Even though, he was 6
years old there should be some consequences for his actions. I think that this family needs
to attend some sessions on what guns do to people and how they can destroy a family. The
child should not be put in jail but, he needs some counseling because it may have...
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