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  1. This is so sad. I’ve seen many of these stories on the news and wondered about the children that did this. God rest the souls of the ones they killed.

  2. It’s the old nature vs nurture debate that is probably the oldest debate in psychology. Many people believe it is an absolute, but I am not sure that in all cases it is definitive. xo Laura

  3. Torturing, killing small animals and starting fires are hallmarks of sociopaths and serial killers, obviously someone dropped the ball.

  4. Now there is a question for debate.
    If you believe in good and evil, are they intrinsically evil and behavior can’t be attributed to environment or family life? Or, if you are more science minded , is it a deficit in brain function? I think with some kids it is something inborn, whether spiritually (evil) or adverse functioning of their brains. I also believe environmental, ie: parental/family dynamics such as abuse, neglect can strongly affect a child’s behavior.
    That said, I grew up in a severely dysfunctional and abusive home (Physical violence) and I have never wanted to hurt or kill anyone. I am the opposite being extremely caring and empathetic.
    In the cases where there are two kids perpetrating a crime, sometimes I think the second kid may be pushed over the edge by peer pressure of the sicker kid, and they might act out of fear of retaliation.
    There is also the psychological result of being bullied and feeling so inadequate that can often lead to one lashing out in extreme behavior. At any rate, kids killing kids shows that human beings are very flawed. It is very disturbing and sad that a young person could do something as horrifying as to kill.

    1. Well we have a very violent society. Violent videos. Violent politics. Oh, and can’t forget all those guns in homes, particularly the ones meant for war.

      1. The violence begins with how humans treat animals. Factory farmed and lab animals, to name a few, suffer horrible fates and are considered no more important than a shoe or a sandwich. If humans are to decrease our violent tendencies, we must start with what we choose to eat, wear and use. Being vegan is an excellent beginning.

        1. So hard to believe these children could even begin to conceive of killing.

          I’ve been meaning to ask you if you heard of the Turpin family here in So Cal. They kept their 13 kids captive for yrs til one escaped and went for help. Fascinating story for us that read crime and punishment.

      2. Brenda, you are so right about society being violent. You only have to watch the news for a strong dose of it. Sadly, it seems as time goes on a lot of people are complacent about it. Don’t even get me started on guns. Parents also have a responsibility in what they expose their kids to as they are raising them. Television shows that are inappropriate for young, developing minds, violent video games, etc. Then you have our lawmakers protecting the people and companies producing this kind of content. I once asked an elderly person (I am a senior as well, but he was pushing 90 at the time) if it bothered him to see society going down like this in morals and values. He said he wasn’t really bothered by it. Well, that was 15 yrs ago and I was bothered by it then and am devastated and truly discouraged now! Where has decency and integrity gone?

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