9.09.2011

Why Do Children Kill Children? Part IV



By Lawrence W. Daly, MSc

There are no ways to say you’re sorry to a parent who just lost their child to a neighborhood bully. Bullies have always been around and dealing with them has always been the same. Ignore them and hope they don’t beat you to a pulp. However, the bully who intimidates and harasses you will remain the same size as you grow bigger and taller and then turn the tides on that specific bully.

Sometimes the bully goes too far and takes the life of a child who was just playing in the school yard, their front yard, over at a friend’s house and etc. Think about how bad the bully feels. His tricks which seemed innocent on the surface made a turn for the worse, when he pushed the child to the ground and struck the back of his head on a large rock.
imagesCAF875UG.jpgThe outcome was incidental to the push, but being logical and reasonable about what could have been and what should have happened just doesn’t compute. Explaining to the parent who lost his child that the two children were playing around and their son accidentally fell and hit his head will not wash. Those are the facts presented by the bully, but witnesses who were present know better and when the police begin to ask questions they tell the truth about what the bully is really like and the torment he was unleashing on everybody especially the child victim.

It has been the past twenty years that bullying has been recognized as a major problem in schools and in the neighborhoods. No longer do bullies push and shove their vulnerable victims around, they commit major assaults or kill them. It is a crime of the 20th Century. In the next decade there will be more children killing children because violence has increased nationwide involving children.

In examining statistics obtained from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the amount of violence of juveniles is out of control. The statistics demonstrate:

  • In 1997, youth 12 through 17 had crime victimization rates over two times higher than adults.
  • The overall rate of violent crime for youth ages 12 through 17 is 92 per 1,000, compared to 32 per 1,000 for adults and 38 per 1,000 for all persons.
  • Victims 12 through 17 constitute 25% of all violent crime victims.
  • The approximate total number of violent crime victims from birth through 17 is 2,883,000:
    • 2,101,000 twelve through 17 year olds
    • 782,000* birth through 11 year olds
·         The approximate number of juvenile crime victims known to police each year is 849,000:
    • 619,000 twelve through 17 year olds
    • 230,000* birth through 11 year olds
These statistics provide meaning and significance that in this country juvenile behavior needs attention as children are killing children.
Hate Crimes – Children Killing Children
The Bureau of Justice Statistics states the following:
  • From 2003 to 2009, the rate of violent hate crime victimizations in the United States decreased from 0.8 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older to 0.5 per 1,000.
  • In nearly 90% of hate crime victimizations occurring between 2003 and 2009, the victim suspected the offender was motivated by racial or ethnic prejudice or both.
·         An average of 195,000 hate crime victimizations occurred each year from 2003 to 2009.
yemenichildsoldiers-300x224.jpgSuspected Human Trafficking Incidents of Children
The death of children is increasing in Human Trafficking Incidents (HTI), because the purpose behind stealing children and selling them is that 82% of the HTI’s is sex trafficking including more than 1,200 incidents with allegations of adult sex trafficking and more than 1,000 incidents with allegations of prostitution or sexual exploitation of a child. Eleven percent of the suspected incidents opened for investigation were classified as labor trafficking, and 7% had an unknown trafficking type.

The problem with these statistics is they were developed and based on the work performed by the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS). HTRS is the only system that captures information on human trafficking investigations conducted by state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics).

It will take time to understand if the HTRS scientific statistics are objective. Since HTRS is just beginning to obtain statistics and the categories are not yet as specific i.e. how many children have died after being abducted and turned into slaves.

The communities in the United States need to be concerned about their children as 83% of the children taken were citizens of the United States. These children are turned into sex slaves. If the child doesn’t cooperate with the young adults or adults they are severely beaten or killed. It is not directly related to children who kill children. However, children are given the authority to kill those who do not do what they are supposed to do or the entire group of sexual slaves are violently disciplined. With violence comes death.

Tomorrow, I will continue to examine and evaluate who are these children who kill children. Today, I tried to expose this question by discussing bullies and how they are becoming killers. Additional I used statistics to demonstrate exactly the problem surrounding situations where children are exposed to and where the potential of death is likely. Focusing on the problem may lead us to finding solutions and a better understanding of why children kill one another.

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