I do not believe children are evil. I believe that they may be born with personality disorders or have such a terrible upbringing and complete lack of love and care that they turn to appalling crime

I do not believe children are evil. I believe that they may be born with personality disorders or have such a terrible upbringing and complete lack of love and care that they turn to appalling crime.

This is Pelgianism: the idea that we are born good but corrupted by ‘society’ (society is made up of other people ‘born good’ and corrupted by ‘society’ ad infinitum)
James Bulger’s mother is closer to the truth when she says:
It is a shock to people like Dr Atkinson (the Children’s Commissioner who argued for the raising of the age of criminal responsibility) that children can be truly evil by 10…But it is a fact and I fear there will be more of them and we need laws to be tightened up so we can deal with them.
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