Originally Posted by Sandtigress
I think sometimes kids that young don't realize that death is permanent. They get mad, they do what they see on TV or whatever, and expect their friend to just get back up and everything's normal again. They just don't know how else to solve a conflict. What a sad lesson to learn.
Maybe it's because of how I was raised, but I certainly knew by age 9 that death is forever. I knew that if you hit someone it hurts, cut someone they bleed, and hurt someone enough and they die. These concepts are not above a 9 year old IF they are actually taught by parents. Not by the TV, movies, cartoons or video games. Not necessarily by example by showing death, but if it happens (i.e. a relative's death, a pet's death) it shouldn't be sugar coated either.
Kids aren't stupid. Ask anyone who works with kids. They understand a lot more than most adults give them credit for. BUT, they can't know what they've never been taught.