It’s an all too familiar scenario: You’re eight years old, jonesing for a Push Pop and some gum. Only problem is, you don’t have any money. What do you do? Dig in the couch cushions to find some change? Steal a dollar from your mom’s wallet when she’s not looking? Or head to the local mini-mart with a BB gun and your 10-year-old cousin for back-up?
For two Oakland boys, the answer is C.
I’m sure the two boys were the last thing police expected to find when they answered a call about an armed robbery at an Oakland mini-mart. According to the store clerk, the boys wanted Push Pops, gum, and cash, then waved the BB gun in the clerk’s direction. The kids were still in the store when police arrived.
The children were detained, then released to their parents, who were given notice to bring the kids to juvenile court. According to Officer Jeff Thomason, police spokesman, the children may be charged with armed robbery.
I suppose it was technically armed robbery, but it still seems a bit harsh. The kids are young, and very likely didn’t fully understand the consequences of their actions. Do you think such a charge is warranted? What’s the proper punishment for kids so young who do something so (potentially) dangerous?
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