When a child commits murder, how lenient should the law be to them?
I'm asking because of a case about fifteen years ago in England, when two boys about 10 or 11 kidnapped a 2 year old boy from a shopping mall, took him to an old railway and smashed his head in with a stone.
These two boys went to Juvie, then were given new identities and set loose. One is known to be in big trouble with the law, the other one flew under the radar, doing nothing to bring attention to himself. - That one is believed to be living in Australia now, and would be in his mid twenties.
I want to know (and this is purely moral opinion) whether you believe they should have been given new identities because they were children, and the opportunity to destroy someone else's life; or whether they should have been carted off to jail for the rest of their lives, not given the chance to make up for a stupid mistake. and let's face it, they were kids, and kids do stupid, crazy, foolish things. (Especially when peer pressure is involved)
Do you look from the parents of the dead toddler's point of view? Or from the parent's of the two boys point of view?
How lenient is too lenient?