Children as young as 3 should be identified as potential criminals if they’re bullying other kids or have criminal parents, recommends a crime reduction report to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Eighty-five percent of prisoners in UK juvenile detention facilities have histories of bullying in school, say researchers cited in the report, while 43 percent of male adult prisoners have children with criminal records.
“There is perhaps too much concern about the potential negative impacts of targeting on children and their families,” the report reads.
The document proposes parenting classes when a child is identified as a potential criminal and intensive foster care for children who are not “under control.” So-called “soft” measures — improving reading, language and social skills — are also recommended for “potential offenders” who are caught early enough, reports the London Times.
You’d think there would be a way to offer parenting help to the parents of out-of-control kids without tagging toddlers with a “potential criminal” label.