Should Teens Be Tried As Adults This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   Should teenagers be tried as adults? Opinions differ. Some people argue that teenagers don't know what they are doing when they commit a crime and are still too young to comprehend what is right and wrong. I totally disagree. I am old enough to know that committing a crime is wrong and that if I commit one, I will be punished. Anyone who says teens can't tell right from wrong is either too old to remember what being a teenager is like or they are a teenager who has committed a crime and don't want to be tried as an adult. In either case, they are wrong. All teens know that killing is wrong, yet they do it anyway and get away with a light sentence because of their age. Even if a teen didn't know it was wrong, it doesn't mean it's right. They should still be punished. If they aren't, they willthink that crimes are okay and continue to commit them.

Teens today don't fear the law because they don't think they will get caught. And if they do, they know they have a good chance of getting off because they are tried as teens and not adults. We have to get tougher on crime. There should be a law that everyone over eleven years old will be tried as adults. That way more teens would be discouraged from committing crimes. They would know that murder would get them a very long sentence instead of staying in juvenile hall until they are eighteen. If we want to cut down on teen crime, we have to have tougher laws. ?

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lizzie12195 said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm
I think that all teens who commit a crime should be trialed as an adult bcuz they should know from right and wrong..!
nini replied...
Dec. 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm
yay yay yay yay yay yay
wisefoolintraining said...
Nov. 28, 2011 at 12:19 am
 I agree with part of what you are saying if a juvenille did not know it was wrong to kill someone he can be defined as guilty except insane ,i believe they give minors lighter sentences ,because children  are reformable and often ignorant also its sort of religious like the day when a child realizes he is responsible for his soul and i believe many of those minors can realize that after they are convicted and thus be remormed.also some minors commiting these crimes areinfluenced by ga... (more »)
fungirl replied...
Jun. 3, 2012 at 11:53 am
I realy agree cuz u just took some one life and now the parent of the victim is diein and i belive they should be sent to adult jail or court
writingmagic26 said...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 11:57 am
hmmm, good point.
JoPepper said...
Nov. 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm
I totally agree with you nicely written!!!! :D
JoPepper said...
Nov. 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm
I totally agree with your article!!!!! :D
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Nov. 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm



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tweetiebruce replied...
Nov. 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm
why are you doing this? It is rude to the person whose writing this is that you post something liek this. I can't believe this is happening within Teen Ink now, its absolutely crazy! :(
Ekf07 said...
Nov. 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm
i agree that they should be tried as adults. they know whats going on. there not idiots.
cefluvr43vr said...
Nov. 24, 2011 at 10:04 am
i agree with you but eleven seems a bit too young to me i would've said 13
writingmagic26 replied...
Nov. 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm
That's what I was going to say when I read it!  That's typically what age is considered "teen."  Either that, or once they get into high school.
OceanFey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Some kids go to high school at later ages due to failing grades and some start doing bad things way earlier than high school.
writingmagic26 replied...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm

ooops, meant to post (above) down here.

That's a good point OceanFey.   I think if they do "bad things" under fourteen they should be punished as children, but the resposibility would also fall on the paretns for not keeping them in line.  I mean, if they are that young and doing bad things, their parents are obviously too busy to pay attention to them or spend time with them.  I mean  things like murder and like REEAALLY bad fealonies should be treated as adul... (more »)

writingmagic26 replied...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm
thirteen, not fourteen.  I meant thirteen.
Kyrie Eleison said...
Nov. 24, 2011 at 10:04 am
I think it really depends on the crime such as felonies and murder.
YungB said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm
im fifteen years old constantly breaking laws. if you think 11 years or older should be tried as adults, then treat us like adults. No curfew, let them buy tabbacco. you cant punish a teen as an adult if you dont treat them as one
hhhged replied...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 8:30 am

why do you need to do that? you are a teen not an adult and if you do something wrong you should be tried the same way because it's against the law


brittneyy324 replied...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 8:13 am
I agree with YungB. If they want to try us as adults, we should have the same freedoms. We should be able to own property (with morgage, etc.), smoke, and have no curfew. Does that sound reasonable? Not likely. You would say what, "They are to young to handle that freedom"? Well, I think it should all go hand in hand. It makes sense to me- Be tried as an adult, give us the privileges as one too.
bobwefrwerfw said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm
cool story bro
LalaBaby87 said...
Oct. 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm
i believe that they should be tried as an adult because 11 year olds  and up know whats  wrong and right also. there was and article about a 14 year killing his english teacher. now what reason was that for? he knew exactly what he was doing. and then there was 2 10 year old boys who went to the mall and seen a 2 year old lil boy. kidnapped him and took him somewhere so they can be alone. tortured and sexually assaulted then murdering the 2 year old. now can anyone tell me 2 10 year... (more »)
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