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Old 05 June 2014, 12:09 AM
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I don't think anyone is saying this crime was commited by typical 12-year-olds. But the perpetrators being 12 years old is still very important to how they are treated, and how much of a change might be expected to occur in a few years with proper care and treatment.

ETA: This is relevant. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...37514122387446. Again, the perpetrators wouldn't be typical 12-year-olds, and for girls, the higher empathy skills don't even start increasing steadily until 13. Kids who have problems that an adult might weather with access to greater inner resources might wind up carrying out actions that an adult could restrain, or redirect, etc.

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