Adolescent’s Committing Violent Crimes
Teenagers, who commit violent crime such as murder, first degree murder, second degree murder, homicides, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter should be tried as adults. These teenagers knew exactly what they were doing and they also had the intent to kill. Families are blaming it on violent movies or violent TV shows, hello it is called parental control. Maybe if we start trying them as adults teens would think twice. Adolescents should be tried as adults for committing violent crimes because they knew what they were going to do before they committed the crime. According to the “Startling Finds on Teenage Brains” article by Paul Thompson, studies have shown recently that “teen brains do lose a massive amount of brain tissue in the teenage years.”
Teens are also losing brain cells and connections, but they are only losing them in the area controlling impulses, such as risk taking and self-control (Thompson1). This does not make any sense whatsoever, the only thing that makes sense that teens lose brain tissue and brain cells in their teen years. But come on there are teens that lose the same amount brain tissue and they are controlling themselves. They are not out killing people because some lame excuse that they cannot control themselves. Violent and bloody gore movies are awesome to us teens these days. In the “Kids are Kids” article by Lundstorm violent TV shows have influenced a preponderance amount of youth violence (Lundstorm2). It is the parents fault if their teen is violent because they let them watch violent movies and TV shows. The other reason it is the parents fault is because they did not set boundaries for those kids. If guardians would set a parental control so their children could not see those cruel disturbing things, parents would not have to worry. Parents are very agitated and troubled when their child is being tried as an adult. They say it is the media to blame, they teach my child abominable careless things, and all this because they do not want their child to be charged with murder as an adult. These days’ people are oblivious to the fact that teenagers should be tried as adults because they did have the intent to get a weapon and kill someone. It is the persons fault or their parents fault for not teaching them right from wrong.
The television did not make the call for them to murder someone. For teens being tried as adults might make a difference in youth violence. If people found out that when a teen has committed any degree of murder they will be tried as an adult, there would be a dramatic drop in youth violence. Teens are very careless because they know that if they murder someone it will go on their record but when they turn eighteen their old record is swiped clean. But if teens knew what would happen to them if they were tried as adults, they would most likely think twice before they do something so inhumane that will cost them life in prison or being put on the list for death row. In the “Supreme Court to Rule on Executing Young Killers” Robert Acuna had killed two elderly people in a very brutal way. Mr. Acuna was seventeen when he committed this murder and they sentenced him to die. At the court hearing Mr. Acuna had laughed at inappropriate things not able to comprehend how serious his crime was, he is now eighteen (Liptak1). This goes to show even though Mr. Acuna was seventeen he was still tried as an adult and put to death row. It does not matter how old a teen is they can still try as an adult. Adolescents who commit cruel and brutal crimes such as any degree of murder should be tried as an adult because they knew what they were going to do when they decided to murder someone.
There should be no disagreement with being under the age of eighteen and still be tried as an adult. If teens would think twice they would not be put on death row or be sentenced to life in prison. And no the media is not why your child decided to kill. Another issue is the loss in brain tissue argument still does not make any sense because there is an overabundance of teens in this world with the same loss of brain tissue and they are not murdering people, they can control themselves. The parents should be the blame for this act of violence in their child because they let children be around those disturbing things, but you still see the parents blame everybody or anything but themselves. If parents would start being parents, teens might actually stop committing crimes. To be honest it is really not that easy.