Tuesday, October 18, 2011

When Is A Baby A Criminal?

So, when is a baby a criminal? In Winnipeg, apparently never.
A 10 yr old, known to police, was out with his little buddy, a 13 yr old. They were playing "lets rob some stores", armed with bear spray. And the 10 yr old didn't get charged. He is too young to be a criminal, so he isn't. And according to the news this was not his first offense.
So, in Winnipeg, 10 yr olds can do what they want and nothing gets done.
I heard nothing about charges to parents or any sort of consequence at all to the 10 yr old involved in these criminal activities.
Can we spank him? Or can we tell him in a stern voice that this is not acceptable behaviour? Or would that be child abuse?
I don't know, but to me there seems to be something wrong with this picture.