The Lost Innocenece
Children- A young human being below the age of full physical development or below the legal age of majority. Children’s are little cherubs from heaven who lost their way and found themselves trapped in this world of ours. No wonder they are so pure and innocent, so faithful and loving, so forgiving and so divine- they still have something heavenly in them! Children are such a source of joy as they bring so much lightness of heart and tenderness of emotions that they lilt like the lines of poetry. Yes, they are cute little verses running on little feet! Wasn’t it Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of the Victorian Age who in his “Children’s Hour” paid tribute to the “patter of little feet”? Or William Wordsworth who wrote and said that “the child is father to the man”?
As said by Martin Luther King “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Neha Ramu, 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in UK has stunned everyone after she scored an incredible 162 on her IQ test – even higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Neha Ramu, daughter of an Indian doctor couple, achieved a score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test – the highest score possible for her age. The score puts her in the top one per cent of brightest people in the UK and means she is more intelligent than physicist Hawking, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and scientist Albert Einstein, who are all thought to have an IQ of 160.
Thirteen-year-old Indian-American Arvind Mahankali on Thursday won Scripps National Spelling Bee contest as community children scripted history by dominating the prestigious competition for the sixth year in a row grabbing top three slots this year. Arvind becomes the sixth consecutive Indian-American winner and the 11th in the past 15 years, a run that began in 1999 when Nupur Lala captured the title in 1999 and was later featured in the documentary Spellbound. Arvind’s family is from Hyderabad in southern India.
Its such a proud feeling for a nation and their parents to see their children making stunned everyone by their performances.
But on other side it’s such a pity that the children lose this angelic touch in them as they grow more and more a part of this world. For me, it seems that as they are drawn away from heaven, these little children lose their luster of innocence. What happens, what really happens why all these beautiful things simply vanish from sight as the child grows up to his adulthood?
From time to time the unthinkable happens: children kill. Some decide to murder members of their own family in spite of their seemingly normal upbringing. Others do so because their upbringing was far from normal – often including beatings and abuse. Then there are misguided children who, from the sheer desire to kill, go on murder sprees ending the lives of purely innocent victims. Children are supposed to be innocent and pure; without malice, contempt, sinister anger, or desires to kill, yet every year many commit horrific crimes.
Kids who kill fall into different categories, according to their traits, situations, and motivations. Some kills are accidental, such as those involving kids who find their parents’ guns, but many occur within a specific type of context and have motives. Most of the experts categorize these killings by kids as:
1. Inner city/gang killers– These are kids who grow up in violent environments and who may have violent role models, such that their typical mode of response, whether for self-defense or just to get what they want, is violence. This also includes gang killers, or children who are pressured from within a gang to kill. They feel more powerful as a member of the gang, so they will do what it takes to get respect. In fact, within some gangs any restraint on violence is viewed as weak.
2.Killing within a family– Kids who kill members of their family for reasons other than an accident, feel pressured by demands, abuse, hatred, desire for gain, and even by the need of other family members. One 14-year-old enlisted this brother to help him murder their parents, and one mother provoked her son into killing his father. A fourteen-year-old in China killed his family because he thought his mother was not taking care of him properly. When he was ill one night, she ordered him back to bed. Instead, he stabbed his father 37 times, his mother 72 times and his grandmother 56 times. Then he washed his hair and watched a videotape.
3.Cult killings–16-year-old Roderick Ferrell killed the parents of his former girlfriend in order to steal their car so he could take his friends members of his vampire cultto New Orleans. A lot of kids identify themselves as Satanists because it gives them the feeling of power over others and the mystique of having secret associations with another world. It also gives them license to do things like rob, damage property, and kill. Sometimes they decide that human sacrifice is necessary to increase their powers, so they kill. Ferrell claimed that he needed many victims in order to open the Gates of Hell.
4. Pathology–Sam Manzie, 15, opened the door to eleven-year-old Eddie Werner, who was out raising money for his school. He invited the boy in, then raped and strangled him, hiding Werner’s body outside. Manzie had been the victim of a child abuser and had shown signs of serious mental illness. His parents had desperately tried to get him help and were convinced that he would become violent. A doctor interviewed the boy for about ten minutes and told the parents to take him home. They were over-reacting, he said. Only three days later he murdered Werner. Many people have a difficult time believing that children can be mentally ill, but they suffer depression and paranoid schizophrenia just like adults. When it goes undiagnosed and untreated, it can spell trouble.
5. School killers: They generally act on a perceived wrong done to them by others and view a climactic closure to the situation as the only way out. Frustrations accumulate into rage that motivates a spree. Michael Carneal, who shot into a prayer group in Paducah, Kentucky, was constantly baited by the other students. They said he had “Michael germs” and stole his lunch. One day he had a gun and even then the other boys taunted him. Finally he decided to act out and he ended up killing three students.
6. Killing committed during another crime: Fifteen-year-old Sandy Shaw lured James Kelly, 24, into the Nevada desert in 1986 so that she and two friends could rob him. They needed money to post bail for Sandy’s boyfriend. They lifted $1400 and then shot him six times. They even took friends out to see the body.
7. Sexual killings: James Pinkerton Kelly, 17, killed a neighbor. First he sliced open her stomach and ejaculated into the wound. Then he slit her throat and cut off her breasts. Before he was arrested, he managed to do the same thing to another woman.
8. Hate crimes: Two boys, 17 and 14, shot a man in the head and then ran over him repeatedly with their car just because he was gay. Such crimes begin with anger and hate and often involve a build-up of rage. However, there are cases where the killings happened just so the killers could brag to their friends that they’d rid the world of such a person.
9. Kids who kill themselves. Five teenagers killed themselves in Goffstown, New Hampshire over a period of two years in the early 1990s. Another kid, Jeremy Delle, went to school and blew his brains out in front of thirty other students. Such kids tend to be lonely and depressed, but also want their self-violence to have painful reverberations in the lives of others. Some of the school shooters were suicidal as well, and wanted to take others down with them.
10. Kids who kill their babies: In upstate New York, a fifteen-year-old girl gave birth to a baby. She cleaned it up, wrapped it in a towel and plastic bag, and then tossed it down an eleven-foot embankment. She was arrested and she told the police that her mother, who did not know that she was pregnant, would have gotten upset with her. Quite often either the girl involved, or a couple, have done this to avoid parental disapproval or just to avoid having the responsibility of a child while they were children themselves. Sometimes the girls claim postpartum depression.
The 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case in India involves a rape and murder that occurred on 16 December 2012 in Munirka, a neighbourhood located in the southern part of New Delhi, India when a 23-year-old female Nirbhaya (name changed) was beaten and gang raped in a bus in which she was travelling with her male companion. There were only six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and among the six members one accused was a juvenile.
According to a sensation seeking/arousal theory perspective, a strong appetite for the thrill and excitement generated by risky, deviant behavior is presumed to draw both juveniles and adults to commit such acts.Juvenile delinquent behavior is one of the most important issues we face as a nation in this new millennium. Despite the social awareness, juvenile delinquency is on the rise. Juvenile crime is increasingly more sophisticated and its participants are becoming younger. Gun violence has spread out violently.Drug and alcohol use among adolescents has reached epidemic proportions.
How does juvenile behavior become delinquent? And when?
For the past few years, broken homes, a childs family position, and family size have been the subjects of considerable study in the crime and delinquency field. Before, there were 40.5 million children living in homes containing both a father and a mother, and 4.1 million children living in broken homes. With the increase in such patterns as divorces (At present one in every three marriages end in divorce), separations and working mothers, children are increasingly being entrusted to daycare centers, neighbors, home alone and the television. Child-rearing patterns have, thus, undergone drastic changes. Sometimes the result is more overcrowding, less supervision, and less effective socialization with children. There are instances when children who return home to empty houses have to await the return of their parents. Tendency is that the children are probably home alone, and as a result, creates an emotional vacuum, where children grow up without any values or goals.
The result of being delinquent as a juvenile.
The result of being a juvenile delinquent is the increasing incidence of runaways, teenage suicides, teenage parenthood, and a series of unhappy marriages and divorces. In this new millennium, children seem to be getting less nurturing and support from within their family. Instead, children are spending more and more time in front of televisions, computers, and surfing the Internet in order to ascertain where to buy guns and homemade bombsall of which contribute to the delinquency problem. However, we cannot always place the blame on parents; at times children just want to listen to their peers and follow their advice. If we look into other variables, such as age, sex, type of offense, and quality of single parent-child relationship, we could reach a conclusion that it is not necessarily the parent who is at fault. We cannot correlate one factor to determine why juveniles commit crimes. I researched juvenile behavior dealing exclusively with girls, and I found that girls tend to be juvenile delinquents when they lose emotional touch with their family or someone close to them. Most girls are arrested for incorrigibility, running away, gang involvement, and sex offenses; while most boys are arrested for vandalism, theft, assault, rape, drugs and some major offenses.
Children who feel bored or ignored will turn to criminal activities for entertainment, the adrenaline rush, or just to get attention. Many children in America are lacking attention. This may be caused by uninvolved or inattentive parents which is the parents fault and should be changed, but most children lack attention because both their parents have to work to support them. It used to be that the father worked while the mother stayed home with the children giving them all the attention they need. Now there must be two incomes coming into the house to support the family. Children are getting less attention from their parents, not by choice but because of the economy. When a parent can’t be around their child all the time they can’t discipline them for all the wrong things they do.
Children see that they can get away with the little things, so they suspect they can get away with bigger crimes. It was stated in an article on the internet that “Families have also experienced changes within the last 25 years, more families consist of one parent households or two working parents; consequently, children are likely to have less supervision at home than was common in the traditional family structure. This lack of parental supervision is thought to be an influence on juvenile crime” (Encarta Article Children usually get out of school around three o’clock, and parents usually get home from work around six o’clock. This gives children three hours to have the house to themselves, or walk the streets looking for a crime to commit.
If a society is careless and carefree about its youth and fails to educate them in a productive manner, then the society is in danger of facing a destructive and violent youth. The trees and flowers of a garden have to be trimmed in order to make it look beautiful and appealing. Otherwise, the plants and bushes will go haywire and spoil the beauty of the garden and will not reap proper blossoms. Similarly, a child has to be pruned of its baser instincts and trained in a proper manner in order to beneficial to society. If proper and timely attention is not paid to the grooming of the youth, it can turn haywire and become unproductive.
The Wealth of a nation is not so much in its of economical and natural resources but it lies more decidedly in the kind and quality of the wealth of its children and youth. It is they who will be the creators and shapers of a nation’s tomorrow.The Children of today will be adults of tomorrow. Today’s leaders and activists. Their quality and personality will determine the kind of destiny that beackons the nation.