Did you hear about the teenagers in Florida who stood by and taped a man while he drowned?
It is beyond repugnant that they could just stand by and think it was funny to watch a man die.
Apparently there is no state law there that requires a bystander to help someone in need. The teens, age 14-18, will face a misdemeanor charge for not reporting a death.
Could what happened have been a severe form of peer pressure, in that no one broke away from the group to help the man?
Or could this be a road map as to what they will soon become?
We tend to think of people who commit egregious crimes as either psychopaths or sociopaths. Both likely involve impaired cognitive function and differences in brain circuitry.
I was curious and did some reading.
Psychopaths are fearless. Sociopaths aren’t.
have a sense of right and wrong. Sociopaths do.
Yet both are equally capable of ruining lives and relationships.
Crimes committed by sociopaths, including murder, will tend to be haphazard, disorganized and spontaneous.
While crimes committed by psychopaths are well-planned and organized.
Both are to be feared. A crime that is organized or disorganized is still a crime.
What do you think about these teens?
Do you think they are too young to judge and could turn out to be responsible and caring adults?
Or do you think the signs are already there and the road map seems clear?