Should Parents Be Responsible If Their Under Age Child Commits a Crime

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Parents, they’re there for you from the day you’re born. But can only do so much as we get older we start to take responsibility for ourselves instead of passing it on to our parents. The age of criminal responsibility is 10 but this does not mean that when a child under that age commits a crime it is the parents fault. Children look up to their parents and learn from them but in the case of James Bulger who was murdered by 2 young boys at the age of 10, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson these boy’s obviously didn’t see this behaviour from their parents but what they learned and saw in the family home might explain such behaviour. Both boys came from broken homes. Thomson grew up in a house with 6 brothers and sisters where there was evidence of violent relationships between them. An author Blake Morrison obtained a case study from the NSPCC of the Thompson family home which quotes. “The boys, it's said, grew up 'afraid of each other'. They bit, hammered, battered, tortured each other." Surprisingly it was Jon Venables who had the record of violence, the boy that came from the home with the well presented mother who was at court everyday where on the other hand Thompsons mother was rarely seen which then she was slated as not being their for her child. Like everything society plays a massive role and i believe that these boys learned a lot in the street as there mothers ‘wasn’t there’ for them and i would blame society more so for their behaviour than i would parents. Venable and Thompson came from families which would be classed low along the socioeconomic spectrum, and the question is being asked is it the parents fault? Whenever a child or a teenager from a higher class commits a murder that question is never asked because money and class is involved. On the other hand children this young is very vulnerable and easily led, therefore they could be committing crimes to try and fit in with a gang or peer pressure from the streets. Children today learn so much...
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