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Ashley Haygood

Psychology 210

Case Study

Week 3

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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