Kids Should Not Be Tried as Adults

Good morning/afternoon/evening. The negative position would urgently like to negate the resolution: Resolved – Kids should NOT be tried as adults. Let me being by putting forth the following definitions. A kid is an informal term for a child or young person, a child defined as a person under the age of 18 years old. An adult is denoted as a person who is fully grown or developed, that is, a person 18 years of age or older. To be tried is to be subjected to trial. Essentially, a kid being tried as an adult means that a person under the age of 18 years old should be subjected to governmental punishment.

This is absolutely ridiculous. It is irrational and unreasonable to punish innocent and naive children as though they are fully grown and matured adults. This brings me to three primary contentions: Contention 1 – It is unfair to children, because they haven’t matured yet; they should not be required to know exactly how behave in society. According to WiseTo Social Issues, children have not yet achieved full development of their brains and thus are less culpable for their crimes.

Under the viable, credible, and accurate definition of child that I put forth in my introduction, the affirmative position of this debate is suggesting to throw 13-year-olds, 5-year-olds, and 2-year-olds alike in prison and is interested in subjecting them to exceedingly harsh punishments (like YEARS or DECADES of jail time). This does not seem like a sensible or reasonable consequence for people who have not matured yet – who have not yet learned entirely how to act flawlessly in society. It is unjust and unmerited to be reprimanding children

Contention 2 – People do not seem to learn through exceeding and excessive punishment. Rather, many therapists and psychologists have proven to be effective in boosting and noticeably enhancing the morale, maturity, and decision-making of millions of children and adolescents worldwide. This is undoubtedly a more pleasant way of dealing with societal issues. No one is perfect. EVERYONE makes mistakes, and the negative position would like to express that harsh punishments create a win-lose situation. Punishments merely create and stir up more tension and unrest in societies and communities.

If a 5-year-old is deprived of his ice cream because he was arguing with his parents, he is likely to get increasingly angrier and will be inclined to continue arguing. Should people escalate situations like this? Essentially, to punish young and naive children for criminal actions will stir up more turmoil in society and will not be pleasant for everyone. This will not be beneficial to children’s growths and psychological maturations. Contention 3 – Forgiveness is a value and trait that millions of people support and encourage in societies worldwide.

Harsh punishments completely void this characteristic and may instigate many teenagers and children – that is, criminal punishments may encourage young people and kids to continue to weaken/damage the economy, and three of the last things communities want are retaliation, revenge, and violence. The negative position does not want to trivialize the issue of crime but rather would like to get across the point that to exaggerate this issue may contradict people’s desire to be forgiving and peaceful contributors to society. No one is per