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9-Year-Old Bus Thief Hits Another Bus

Nobody injured by Saskatoon joyrider

(Newser) - A Canadian who made off with an empty bus and smashed into another bus and a parked vehicle won't be facing any criminal charges—because nobody was injured in the joyride, and because he's just 9 years old. A witness in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, tells the Canadian Press that... More »

Doctors Judge Girl's Sanity in 'Slender Man' Stabbing

Morgan Geyser isn't legally competent to stand trial, they say

(Newser) - The prospect of an insanity plea loomed over a hearing in Wisconsin today for two girls accused in the "Slender Man" stabbing of a classmate, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Two doctors (one for the defense, one prosecution) said that one of the 12-year-old girls, Morgan Geyser, isn't... More »

Boy, 11, Brought 400 Rounds of Ammo to School: Cops

Child has been arrested

(Newser) - A pretty jarring story out of Washington state, where an 11-year-old boy was last night arrested and faces an attempted murder charge following the police discovery of a handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition, and several knives at a Vancouver, Wash., middle school. No one was hurt in the... More »

Victim Woke to Find Rapist's Name on Body: Lawyer

Audrie Pott's parents suing alleged attackers

(Newser) - Last week, three 16-year-old boys were arrested in the rape of 15-year-old Audrie Pott, who killed herself eight days after the attack. Now, her parents are suing the boys, who are said to have distributed a photo of the attack. "The sexual assault was one thing ... and then to... More »

12-Year-Old Convicted for Murder of Neo-Nazi Dad

Jeff Hall's hate group affiliation not a motive

(Newser) - A California judge today found a 12-year-old boy guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of his father, who was a leader in the neo-Nazi movement. The boy, who isn't being named due to his age, shot his father, 32-year-old Jeff Hall, in the head when he was 10.... More »

52-Year-Old Convicted of Murder— as a Juvenile

Cold case solved, but punishment is tricky

(Newser) - Under normal circumstances, it would be a clear-cut sentencing: A 52-year-old New Jersey man got convicted this week of raping and murdering his neighbor, reports the Star-Ledger . The catch is that the crime occurred more than three decades ago when Carlton Franklin was 15, explains the New York Times . As... More »

6 Boys Knock Out Guard, Escape Juvenile Hall

But helicopter search team spots them hours later

(Newser) - Six teenage boys fought the law, and the law won: They briefly escaped from a juvenile detention center in Washington state last night after knocking out a female staff member, but all were captured early today in nearby woods, authorities said. The King County Sheriff's department said it received... More »

Teen 'Facebook Killer' Gets Year in Prison

Jinhau K found to have 'a serious behavioral disorder'

(Newser) - A Dutch teenager was found guilty today of fatally stabbing a 15-year-old girl and trying to murder her father over a dispute that first heated up on Facebook, Dutch News reports. Jinhau K, 15, will serve a year in juvenile detention and three more in a psychiatric institution for murdering... More »

Tweens Hit With Felony Over Fake Facebook Page

Girls impersonated classmate, made threats, cops say

(Newser) - Two middle-school girls in Texas have been arrested after police say they created a Facebook page in a classmate's name—and used it to fire off threats to other students. The girls, ages 12 and 13, face third-degree felony charges for online impersonation, NBC News reports. The messages caused... More »

Teen 'Go-Kart Bandit' Busted for 100 Burglaries

Nashville cops say orphan was behind crime wave

(Newser) - Police in Nashville have busted a 14-year-old boy they believe caused a crime wave in the north of the city single-handedly. The teen—described by police as an "innovative individual"—is believed to have been behind more than 100 robberies over the last two years in which he... More »

Kid Arrested for Burping in Class: Suit

200 children arrested in school district over 3 years: lawyer

(Newser) - A New Mexico middle schooler was handcuffed and sent to a juvenile detention center over an in-class belch, a lawsuit alleges. After the 13-year-old “burped audibly” in gym class, his teacher called school officials; now the principal, teacher, and a school cop are facing the suit, the AP reports.... More »

Two More Kids Drive Cars; One Steals His

10-year-old takes truck from impound lot

(Newser) - Turns out drunken dads aren't the only ones who let their children get behind the wheel of a car. One Delaware mom let her 9-year-old boy drive himself to school this week, much to the amazement of other kids and parents, the Delaware News Journal reports. Police soon picked... More »

Teen Sentenced to Up to 6 Years for 7-Cent Robbery

Judge refuses to sentence him as a 'youthful offender'

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Syracuse boy got the book thrown at him over a robbery that netted him all of seven cents. Judge William Walsh refused a defense request to sentence young Anthony Stewart, a Syracuse native, as a “youthful offender,” instead sentencing him as an adult to two to... More »

Stolen Dump Truck Leads Cops on 52-Mile Chase

Ohio cops charge teen in crazy chase across 3 counties

(Newser) - Sometimes those crazy kids are prone to joy-riding. And then others, they're prone to leading cops on a 52-mile not-very-high-speed pursuit in a stolen dump truck—some of it in reverse—causing multiple accidents and a hefty bit of property damage along the way. Ohio cops have charged an unnamed... More »

13-Year-Old Killer Spared Life Sentence

Detroit boy to stay in juvenile detention until he turns 21

(Newser) - A Detroit boy who murdered a woman when he was 12 has been sent to juvenile prison until he is 21 years old. Authorities will then decide if Demarco Harris should be released or serve a life sentence. Harris, now 13, shot and killed 24-year-old Trisha Babcock in a botched... More »

Supreme Court Axes Life Terms for Juveniles

Kids in nonhomicide crimes must at least get chance at parole

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that teens may not be locked up for life without chance of parole if they have not killed anyone, holding that the Constitution requires that young people serving life sentences must at least be considered for release. The court ruled in the case of... More »

Philly Cracks Down on Teen Flash Mobs

Cops warn kids joining SMS-organized gangs

(Newser) - Philadelphia's top cop has warned teenagers that they can go to jail for joining texted "flash mobs" in which groups of rampaging teens attack property and passers-by. Hundreds of rowdy teenagers, organized by email or text message, have gathered in downtown Philly on recent weekends and the police plan... More »

3 Teens Set Another on Fire, Police Say

15-year-old victim in Florida will be in hospital for 5 months

(Newser) - Three Florida teens have been charged with the brutal crime of dousing another teenager with a flammable liquid and setting him on fire. The 15-year-old victim, who was sitting by a pool at the time of the attack, is in serious condition and is expected to remain hospitalized for 5... More »

Creator of 'Kill Obama' Poll Is a Kid

No charges filed

(Newser) - The Secret Service has found the mastermind behind the “Should Obama Be Killed?” Facebook poll—and it turns out to be a kid. After a chat with the young perp and the parents, the agency has decided not to press charges, a spokesman said. “This is something we... More »

15% of Teens Expect to Die Young

Expectation linked to risky behavior

(Newser) - Teenagers who engage in risky behavior may do so because they believe they’re going to die young anyway, and may create a self-fulfilling prophecy with that belief, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A study that tracked 20,000 kids in grades 7 through 12 found that 15% thought they... More »

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