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12-Year-Old Michigan Girl Charged with Armed Robbery

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Is it more shocking when a 12-year-old girl is the masked face behind an armed robbery?

I don’t know about you, but when I hear most stories about crimes like assault or murder, I assume a man is the culprit. It’s some kind of reverse sexism, I’m sure, but I’m also kind of sure most statistics would point to those of the XY persuasion in the hot seat in those cases.

That’s why when I read about a girl committing armed robbery, I’m kind of shocked. Especially when I read that she’s just 12-years-old. Shocked and saddened, actually.

A 12-year-old girl in Highland, Mich., demanded cash from a convenience store on Monday while brandishing a nine-millimeter gun and is being charged as a juvenile with armed robbery.

Apparently the girl was a regular customer and was recognized by employees. They called 911 and held her down on the floor while she cried until police arrived. She was wearing a bandana over her face and black clothing. She had a key to her neighbor’s house, which is where she got the gun. Additional charges for stealing the gun could come next.

The girl is currently being held at Children’s Village in Oakland County. Apparently there have been some issues at her home — possibly not money related, however — which has lead to some speculation about why she would have attempted to hold up a local store in the first place.

No matter who commits a crime, it’s sad. When it’s a kid of just 12, it’s even sadder. But why is it that I think it’s even worse when it’s a girl? Am I alone in that thinking?

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