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Age plays a role in juvenile arrests after school fights

Some children learn to handle their problems with aggression. Others always have high energy and may turn to aggression because they don't know how else to explain their feelings. The problem with aggression is that it can lead to fist fights and violent acts against friends and family members. If the violence takes place at school, there is a chance a child could face prosecution.

While many schools won't immediately turn to prosecution, the severity of the child's actions could call for penalties. Detention and a visit to the principal's office is a normal response, but for children who continue to cause problems, parents could find that they receive notice of legal consequences.

Does the age of a child matter?

In the school, the age of the child shouldn't always matter, but it does. While a minor is a minor as long as he or she is under the age of 18, the school may harshly penalize children old enough to know better than to fight. For example, a 6-year-old child is less likely to face legal consequences than a 16-year-old child.

What else plays a role in determining if police intervention is necessary?

More important than the age of your child at the time of a fight is what he or she did during it. Bringing a gun to school draws more attention and is likely to result in legal trouble, whereas scratching another student with an open hand is less likely to result in a lawsuit or criminal charge. Likewise, if another child suffers only a few bruises, your child is less likely to face charges than if he or she broke the other child's arm or leg.

In most cases, minors benefit from intervention programs and even mental health treatment to help them learn to control their feelings. With support, your child's errors could help him or her change for the better.

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