Why should kids be tried as adults?J. M. Bishop6/10/14 12:03pmFiled to: Juvenile Justice29176EditPromoteShare to KinjaGo to permalinkI was recently having a conversation with a few relatives about the young girls who were involved in the recent stabbing that was inspired by the Slender Man. I had a discussion that I've had with so many people throughout my career. I really believe that these girls need to be tried as juveniles because as adolescents, they do not have the same level of decision making abilities, especially under highly emotional circumstances, as adults. They have growing and developing brains. Times of development mean that they are both more vulnerable to negative environmental factors but also more amendable to rehabilitation and treatment. This is the very reason why a separate juvenile justice system exists.