On May 31, 2014, two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha, Wisconsin, allegedly held down and stabbed a 12-year-old friend 19 times; when questioned later by authorities, they reportedly claimed that they wished to commit a murder as a first step to becoming “proxies” (acolytes) of the Slender Man, having read about it online. Thanks to the intervention of a passing cyclist, the friend survived the attack. The attackers were charged as adults and are each facing up to 65 years in prison.” - Wikiepedia
News is reporting that they are being charged as adults.
Two 12 year olds.
I am inclined to say “Two twelve year old girls,” but their sex really shouldn’t matter.
Two children, ages 12, being charged as adults for anything to me is so wrong, so heinous, so appalling, I feel it overshadows the crime itself. I seem to be alone in this. As of yet I don’t see much debate on the issue, but maybe it’s coming.
What these girls did was incredibly gruesome, and for reasons that make the crime even more baffling. It boggles the mind.
But they’re 12! They are not adults, and no judge can argue that they have the mental fortitude of an adult. If I were the victim of the crime, or the victim’s parents, sure I’d have a hard time wishing anything less on them. I might wish they got the chair. But that doesn’t make it ok.
Personally I am under the belief that a 17 year old should not be charged as an adult unless said child was emancipated. But I do understand why with certain cases people want children tried as an adult. But at 12 years old I feel we’ve set a dangerous precedent, and done much more than crossed a line. We removed the line. And it sickens me even more than the crime itself. And in this case, that’s saying a lot.