A toddler with a gun at play
Unwittingly does his sibling slay
The shocked killer can’t be booked for murder
He’s just a child.
A crazed gang of young motor cyclists
Jolt sleeping folks out of their wits
With blaring horns and yanked out silencers —
Count it as a boyish prank.
A wrathful, pride-pricked ninth grader
Mad at an unrelenting, demanding teacher
Savagely stabs her to death before his class mates
Excuse him — he’s under eighteen?
A foursome gang of capering teenagers
Kidnap and gang rape their class mate
And shove her naked on the road
Excuse them — they are just playful children?
The Juvenile Justice Act snatches
The under eighteens out of Law’s clutches
Can vicious, beastly adult crimes
Claim an extenuating age tag?
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