10-year-old autistic boy Kayden Culp of Kerrville, Texas was doused with gasoline and set ablaze by bullies he thought were his friends. Now fighting for his life, do you think his attackers should be charged as adults?
Kayden Culp, a ten-year-old boy from Kerrville, Texas with autism, was lured into a field, doused with gasoline, and set on fire by bullies he thought were his friends.
Now, Kayden is in a coma in the hospital, covered in severe burns and losing a battle against
organ failure. His mother, Tristyn Hatchett, spoke about how he would often play with the bullies
and considered them his friends in spite of their repeated cruelty, saying:
He considered these guys his friends, but they would make fun of him and pick on him and tease him. He was usually the brunt of that kind of joke, but he kept playing with them.
Kayden’s attackers, whose names remain undisclosed, are aged 9, 10, and 11, and at least one has already been charged with arson. His mother and aunts believe the children should be charged as adults and imprisoned. One of his aunts, Kelly Mack, said:
If it wasn’t premeditated, it still is attempted murder.
Do you think the bullies should be charged and tried as adults? Leave it in comments!
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Peg Geary They are not adults, they are stupid kids who committed a horrific crime….they should be punished to the full extent the law allows. This boys life has been forever altered and his suffering unimaginable. The law should show no mercy.
Cloudel Gorin Crime is a crime no age no children if they can commit it they need to be punish for it , leniency is not acceptable with a barbaric crimes like that the boy they burn is a human being eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth those that commit it deserve to be punish for it
Mary Cay Roberts Litel I think they should feel what he felt. Pick a place and set them on fire and let them feel it. Then punish their parents along with them. Leave them with a scar somewhere to remind them what it feels like to be burned and not a small one, one that people will see the rest of their lives.
Alysia Lopez I remember reading about this back in October when it happened. I thought then — and still think — that the kids who did this, ages 9-11, should be locked up in a juvenile facility until they reach 18 (with intense psychological counseling) and then a very strict parole until they reach 21.
Doris TK They should definitely be charged and tried but sent to a Juvenile Facility with counseling until they are 21. Something is wrong in a household that these children are so hateful. Kids don’t just set other kids on fire these boys are sick and need help.
Tina Monette The parents of the offenders should be charged for contributing to the delinquency of a minor for failing to teach these little thugs right from wrong. I do hope these thugs get the jail time they deserve.
Rose Butler Damn people must forget what it’s like at that age. First off, their brains aren’t any where close to being fully developed, secondly sending them to jail isn’t going to do them any good. They need to be rightfully punished for their crime so sending to a correctional facility makes more sense than jail. I’ve seen the effect jail has on people and it’s not good. Going to get therapy is going to help them more than jail.
Linda Beck These young criminals knew exacty what they were doing! A 3 year old knows right from wrong! Don’t let them off the hook just because they are not adults! This poor child will have many more problems to deal with, over and above the issues he already has. Charge them with attempted murder.