Words matter, and in this day and age, some words carry significant power. A celebrity may find an entire career destroyed with one poor word choice. Employees may find themselves out of work after telling an ill-advised joke. A Tennessee teen is learning that the words he used to play a prank have led to charges of juvenile crimes.
Teenagers in Tennessee and all across the country do not always make the wisest of decisions. In fact, not many individuals would be proud of every choice he or she made as an adolescent. While the vast majority of teens' actions are harmless, others have led to some serious consequences. Earlier in 2018, a 13-year-old boy was charged with juvenile crimes after he reportedly robbed a store in Hermitage. Experts have weighed in on the importance of better understanding why young people commit juvenile crimes such as this and how to prevent them.
Now that most schools are back in session across Tennessee, many teenagers are occupied with doing homework, participating in extracurricular activities or spending time with friends. However, some teens may find themselves in a bit of legal trouble after making some questionable decisions. Two teens were recently charged with various juvenile crimes following numerous incidents in the greater Nashville area.
There are times when teenagers may exhibit poor judgment and find themselves in trouble. One Tennessee teen was being detained for alleged juvenile crimes. However, while being held, the teen reportedly escaped from the facility.
Teachers and administrators do their best to keep schools safe, but this can be a challenge when students act out. According to recent figures, crimes reported in elementary and secondary schools across the state have increased 13.5 percent over the past three years. This concerning increase in juvenile crimes on school premises was shared in a report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released in May 2018.
A 17-year-old male is facing weapons charges in connection with a recent police search. The Metro Police Juvenile Crimes Task Force in Nashville came across a vehicle that was reported stolen while on the lookout for other stolen Tennessee vehicles. When they approached the car, the driver allegedly fled. Cops found the car in a nearby neighborhood. According to witnesses, the driver and passengers ran into an apartment.
Overcrowding in jails is cited as a problem in many Tennessee counties. Space is an issue for several areas, regardless of the size of the city or facility. This has become an increasing concern for those who have committed juvenile crimes.
Teenagers often say things without thinking. To make matters worse, they often repeat things they hear without verifying information. The majority of the time, this lack of thinking causes only minor problems and is quickly resolved. However, in today's society, when a Tennessee student makes comments related to gun violence and schools, he or she can be charged with a variety of juvenile crimes, which could result in a lifetime of consequences.
Many teenagers across the state of Tennessee want to grow up quickly. They want to do things all on their own and be as independent as possible. However, since they are still young and are not always acting maturely, some questionable behavior may occur. There are also instances when the actions of some youth result in juvenile crimes. This was recently the case in an incident in Oak Ridge.
Minors can get into some trouble with the legal system. There is a court system specifically designated to deal with juvenile crimes. However, according to a report from the Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force, there has been little consistency in the treatment of minors in the justice system.