11-14-2007, 12:38 PM #1
No Charges for 10 yr. old arsonist
10 year old boy will not be charged in LA fire:
11-14-2007, 01:33 PM #2
I can't decide on whether I am ok with this or not. I feel a 10 year old is responsible enough to know that playing with matches is not ok and that it isi dangerous and can start a fire. So their excuse of not being able to show that he understood what playing with matches would do and can't show intent to start a fire doesn't seem right. The only use of matches is the intent to start a fire. My sister is 10 and clearly understands what playing with matches could result in. I would be more willing to accept that excuse for a kid under 7 or 8. Then think about the 21 houses that were burned down due to this boy and the man that was burned trying to save his house and the fear/stress/evacuations that thousands went though was all unnecessary since it was something that could have been prevented. It was a needless fire. It wasn't started by downed powerlines due to the wind, it wasn't started by some other unpreventable accident. In a way, I want him and his family to be held responsible for the damages that he caused to the entire Santa Clarita Valley. Maybe not monetarily but possibly by extensive community service, working with the fire department, working with burn victims, helping rebuild the burnt down houses, some type of long term punishment with a purpose. Some way to clearly show him what he did wrong and possibly push him in a better direction. It might also serve his parents good to be involved with the punishment as well.
These are just my opinion and my thoughts. I apologize if I offend anyone.
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11-14-2007, 02:20 PM #4
Bubble - I'm with you. I don't think ANY solution would be acceptable to me. It would depend on personal knowledge of this boy and his mental age or understanding of the world. Some kids would have done this on purpose. Other kids would be like... oops! And others would be devistated beyond belief.FUN... is a renewable resource!
11-15-2007, 04:43 AM #5
I have seen 10 year olds doing this and it is for *****s and giggles, believe me you can hear it in their laughter and see it in their eyes. This boy needs some type of punishment so that he will realize that "playing with matches" can lead to serious damage and not a slap on the wrist. Otherwise he will grow up with an even worse consideration for others, or better yet, a sociopath. My nephew got arrested at age 11 for spraying mace on a classmate or two. Now this 10 year did a lot more damage, very serious damage, and he needs to know that it was wrong.
11-15-2007, 04:47 AM #6
We need to know more about this, i'm pissed off. The next time we read about this kid, he will be burning things down for fun. 10 years old is old enough to know better, especially if you live in that area and the santa ana winds and all the wildfires; caution is stressed to all ages. This boy knew, he was either curious and wanted to see what would happen or he just didn't care and wanted to see what would happen; combination of all both.