Situations : crime!


Crimes happen everywhere. And everywhere people are found guilty. But sadly, people can be accused of things they have been led into, or have done for a reason not obvious. These situations are about crimes, and you decisions.

Imagine you are a police officer. You have been left to decide whether these people deserve to be arrested or not. Your decision matters. What do you do?

Situation 1: A man has been involved in several crimes. Although never found guilty, he has witnessed 10 of the last 17 crimes that happened in 6 months. He was upset after his wife was murdered and became a very horrible person. A few weeks after she died, the man was found carrying a knife. It was said he had gone a bit mad. Will you arrest him?

Situation 2: A woman ran away from her home and family, taking her baby with her. The child grew up and followed her mother doing dangerous deeds. When her mother died, the now teenager was found with a gun. She came back to England but didn't know what you are and aren't allowed to do. What will you do?

Situation 3: A man was in his car on the motorway and got a phone call from his wife. The man knew he WASN'T allowed to go on his phone while driving, but saw the phone call was urgent. After speaking to his wife who said their daughter was dying, he made another illegal turn while driving and headed to the hospital. Does he deserve to go in prison?

Situation 4: A gang of teenagers were acting against the law. one person, was invited into it, but never did anything, he just hung out with them. He had a knife with him, but his friend outside the gang made him swear that he would never use it. Now the gang are caught, you have to decide who is guilty...

Situation 5: A woman was found threataning to hurt her neighbours if they didn't give her some money. Her child eventually persuaded her to go to another country, but the mum wouldn't stop. Eventually, her teenage girl tied her up and left a note saying she needed to finish of for her mother. The police found it, but couldn't ever find the girl. If YOU found her, would you arrest her?

My opinion.

For me, a crime is a crime. So if someone breaks the law, you must arrest them. I think a fair way to decide something would be to look at their past history. If they have done it before, they must face consequenses. What about you?

Comments (5)

  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
    08 Jan 2019

    Hi impartial_panda_bear,

    You've brought up an interesting area of thought here. Do the circumstances around a crime affect how we see it? There is an activity thinking about just this in one of the class sessions this half term.

    Why do you think repeat offenders should be punished more harshly than first offenders?

    Also- I've noticed that you've posted several times already on this issue. It's great you have a lot to say, but we'd like you to really think through what you want to say on the issue and edit your writing so that you can get your key points across concisely. Try restricting yourself to one or two posts a week so that you pause to think through your opinions.

  • St-Josephs-Northfleet-logo-250x250.jpg energetic_conversation | St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Northfleet
    09 Jan 2019

    For situation 2, I'd put the teenager in jail for about a month then let her go with a warning. It's sometimes not your fault if you've been brought up with a bad influence. I've learnt that you can't be born as a criminal but be turned into one. I know people say justice must be served but there are such things as second chances. Which are more likely to be given if it's not really your fault for who you've become. In a way I am serving justice and giving her a chance as she still has to go to jail, but only for a short time.

    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
      energetic_conversation's comment 11 Jan 2019

      Yes that would make sense. The only danger is that the teenager might be more sneaky and not get caught again. Then we have a dangerous criminal on the loose...

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg steady_skill | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    13 Jan 2019

    Situation 1: yes because he was nearly definitely guilty and even if his wife died that is no excuse.

    Situation 2: No because she didn't know the rules but if she committed a crime then she should get double the punishment.

    Situation 3: No because he was in a state of panic and urgency.

    Situation 4: They are all guilty because even carrying a knife is against the law.

    Situation 5: Yes because she said she was going to finish off for her mother.

    BTW well done for getting into the mag

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    31 Jan 2019

    I really like your idea impartial_panda_bear!
    My answers:
    Situation 1: I would arrest him because if he was carrying a knife around - which is illegal - then if he was indeed mad, he isn't getting the right help nor support needed. However, I do feel a little sorry, but he should have control over his feelings!
    Situation 2: I would tell her the rules, and check any records of her (criminal records if she has any etc.) but still put her in prison, but for maybe half of the usual amount; she hasn't been in England before - well, not that we know of - and so she wouldn't know. Also, it's not like she shot anyone or hurt anyone... Overall, I'd ask her WHY she was carrying a gun, and decide from then.
    Situation 3: I don't think he would deserve to go to prison, as it was a matter of great urgency; his daughter was DYING for heaven's sake! Again, it's not like he intended to hurt anyone.
    Situation 4: I'd make sure I know all the full details, get the person outside the gang to come in and tell me his opinion, and, again, I'd decide from then. However, right now, knowing just this, I'd arrest the rest of the gang, put them on the normal punishment, and put the other person (hanging out with them) on half the time, because carrying a knife is still illegal.
    Situation 5: I would, indeed, arrest her, because threatening with violence is - I think - another form of violent crime, and violent crime is illegal. The girl was finishing off for her mother, so that makes matters worse; the girl was only a teenager, and so has her whole life ahead of her - a life of threatening with violence! Just think of the poor neighbours!
    These were my answers, so thank you for taking the time to read them!

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