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September 20, 2013

Parents urged to not overload children

NORMAN — A 13-year-old Washington state boy was recently arrested, then released to the custody of his parents after making online threats of shooting up and blowing up his middle school. He also threatened to kill one of his teachers, specifically named, and then kill himself.

It turns out he didn’t have the means with which to carry out his threats, which prompted officials to close five schools in the area for a day.

A local television station interviewed a mother who said she felt bad for the boy. She also said that when she had told her young son about the situation, he had become very anxious and hadn’t wanted to go to school. Well, fancy that.

For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone would feel bad for the 13-year-old. He’s old enough to know he was doing something very wrong, yet he went ahead and did it anyway. In the process, he committed a felony that resulted in significant emotional distress for lots of folks as well as considerable economic cost to the school system, parents who had to stay home from work and local employers who lost the productivity of those parents for a day.

The child in question is not a victim, by any stretch of the definition. He’s a perpetrator, a young criminal. Whether he already qualifies as a young sociopath is yet to be determined, but what he did was certainly sociopathic.

In other words, this youngster may already be a menace to society. In his fascinating but largely overlooked book “Savage Spawn,” psychologist and popular mystery novelist Jonathan Kellerman proposes that from early ages, some children — even some children of reasonably good parents — seem inexorably headed toward lives of crime.

Regardless, the young teen in question deserves no pity. He deserves to be punished in a way that drives home the anti-social nature of what he did and, hopefully, if it’s any longer possible, deters him from future criminal behavior.

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