Originally Posted by Silverload
An 11 year old fucking knows not to killed people. If you don't grasp the concept of life and death at 11 then there is something rotten in Denmark.
That is an overly simplistic way of looking at it. Most children at that age know that it's probably not a good idea to shoot someone in the head, but their concept of life and death at this age is very simplistic. Complex comprehension of things like guilt, remorse, and the severity of consequences can take up to the age of 20 to fully develop. Add to that environmental factors and there is potential for kids that age to do a lot of dumb shit. I'm not saying there shouldn't be consequences, but it's better to try and get to the root of the problem then to simply lock them up for life or put them on death row. I don't support the death penalty in general, but especially not in cases where you're dealing with people under the age of 18.