Tragedy unfolded in Wisconsin on Saturday as a 12-year-old girl was stabbed and left for dead by two of her friends, also 12 years old. The alleged motive is bizarre–not that any sense could ever be made of such a tragedy. It’s horror all the way down.
The state of Wisconsin, unsatisfied with the level of life-shattering destruction already present in the case, has decided that the (alleged) perpetrators need pay, and so they have been charged as adults.
Forget that children are not adults. Forget that they don’t have the same decision-making capacities as adults. Forget that they are not emotionally or intellectually mature. Forget any notion of rehabilitation. Justice must be done.
And justice, it appears, need not be fair. Harsh, severe, brutal–those will do fine.