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post #1 of 13
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Apparently a ten year old boy addmitted to accidently starting the wild fires because he was playing with matches. I guess all the details aren't out yet but shouldn't a kid of that age know better than to play with fire?
post #2 of 13
Well, at least he had the courage to admit it! I hope that he gets counseling to deal with the hell and chaos that he must realize that he created. I would question the adults who supervised him at the time, though. Sad situation all around
post #3 of 13
A kid that age is too young to file charges against, though the parents might be another matter.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
Apparently a ten year old boy addmitted to accidently starting the wild fires because he was playing with matches. I guess all the details aren't out yet but shouldn't a kid of that age know better than to play with fire?
Ya, he probably does know better but I do things that I know I shouldn't do too and I'm [quite] a bit older than ten.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by catcaregiver View Post
Ya, he probably does know better but I do things that I know I shouldn't do too and I'm [quite] a bit older than ten.
Yeah, but do you do them even though they could have devestating ramifications?
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
Yeah, but do you do them even though they could have devestating ramifications?
At only 10, I doubt that the boy actually KNEW how devastating the ramifications could be. I think that most boys his age have used matches inappropriately; most teens that I know have done the same with fireworks.
I think that this was an accident; had conditions been otherwise, the effects wouldn't have been so devastating.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
Yeah, but do you do them even though they could have devestating ramifications?
Young children don't think like that. They don't realize that the choices they make can have horrible consequences. He knew what he was doing was wrong (playing with matches) but it never crossed his mind that it would lead to thousands of people losing their home. He just knew he shouldn't play with fire.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by snosrap5 View Post
He knew what he was doing was wrong (playing with matches) but it never crossed his mind that it would lead to thousands of people losing their home. He just knew he shouldn't play with fire.
I'm not a child psychologist but that sounds logical.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
Yeah, but do you do them even though they could have devestating ramifications?
Well, it has been several years but there was a time (when I was still much older than 10) when I would have unprotected sex and we all know the possible devastating ramifications of that. When I'm at work I don't always wear my seatbelt. I often drive over the speed limit....I'm sure there are more things but you get my point. But anyway back to the topic, I agree with what snosrap5 said. A child doesn't follow-through thinking about the consequences of their actions.
post #10 of 13
This is the information age. I'm sure that he's seen all the news video of the terrible damage his fire caused, and it was every bit digitally recorded for posterity. With good health, he has a long, long life to live, and will spend a great deal of it thinking about what he did.

I don't think that any punishment you could give a 10 year old would ever equal what his own guilt will do to him
post #11 of 13
That kid started only ONE of the fires, not all of them. They've been talking about it on the local news here for the 3 or 4 days now. I tend to think that when all is said and done, they will probably charge the parents, but I don't know yet. However, I think the City, County and State are going to want to be reimbursed some of the several million it cost to one fire alone, not to mention the homes that were lost in just that one fire.

The boy didn't have anything to do with the San Diego or Orange County Fires. I believe he is responsible for the fire in Northern LA County.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Skippymjp View Post
I don't think that any punishment you could give a 10 year old would ever equal what his own guilt will do to him


Methinks that this kid will probably be in therapy in his teenage/early adult life.

I know that as of now the details are not out yet, however let me share my experience. I was 12/13 and knew the dangers of playing with matches and whatnot.

However my friend and I were playing by some woods and decided to build a fire...you see where this is going...we had seen our parents/siblings/friends/etc do it plenty of times, so we felt pretty confident that we knew what we were doing.

In short, no we didn't. The fire we has started got out of the pit we had built and began smoke a lot. Lucky for us it was smoking more than flames, but still...mine was small...I know if I did what that kid has done I definitely would be suffering a lot inside from the damages that I caused.

Unless he just doesn't care what he did...however either way...yup therapy.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker View Post
I tend to think that when all is said and done, they will probably charge the parents, but I don't know yet. However, I think the City, County and State are going to want to be reimbursed some of the several million it cost to one fire alone, not to mention the homes that were lost in just that one fire.
Whether they charge the parents or the child for the fires. They will not be able to squeeze several million dollars out of someone who doesn't have that kind of money.



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I'm not a child psychologist but that sounds logical.
I'm not one either just a mother of three teenage boys.
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