Sunday, May 07, 2006
Sunday Intellectual Question: At what age does responsibilty start?
My question is two pronged:
What age are we accountable for our actions?
What age should we be legally accountable for our actions?
Here in Canada we have a controversial young offenders act. Children under a certain age (14 I believe) are not tried as adults and so are not subject to adult penalties. This is meant to protect children who "get off on the wrong foot" they get a second chance as it were. However, there have been problems with abuse of this law. Some gangs recruit children to do killing or other things because they will not be charged the full penalty. There have been children who have flaunted the law and used it to their advantage. There have probably also been chlidren whose life have been taken out of a tailspin by this law, but you would never see that in the papers.
What do you think?