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2 • BENNETT BANNER - APRIL 9, 1998 OPINION • OPINION • OPINION • OPINION • OPINION Kenya A. Samuels If you are old enough to do the crime you are old enough to serve the time Should guilty juveniles spend time in adult prison? This is one of the major questions that has surfaced since 13-year- old Mitchell Johnson and 11-year-old Andrew Golden - the two boys charged with killing five innocent people in Arkansas, March 24. The two youths are awaiting trial and according to Arkansas law, if found guilty, they may be sentenced to serve time in a juvenile detention center until they turn 17. After that, Mitchell and Andrew will be transfered to a newly built corrections facility where they will serve until they turn 21. Then they will be released. Just a slap on the wrist. The enormity of such a crime merits much more. If Johnson and Golden were old enough to premeditate this crime, then they should serve adult time for adult crimes. This would not be an issue if the accused were black males; they would be sitting under the jail. And there would not be a question as to how much time they serve. The families of the innocent victims will never see their loved ones again and no amount of prison time will replace the emptiness they must be feeling in their hearts. Some have suggested that "rehabilitation" may help the two. I am all for getting them the psychological help they need, but counseling isn't enough.. They need to serve time with other murders. Maybe then they will be truly sorry for what they did. 7%e opinion expressed in this column is theU of the author arid does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Bennett Banner staff. Student Opinion Poll: THE BENNETT BANNER The Newspaper produced by the • Phenomenal Women of Bennett College EPnX)RIAL Paquita Herring Editor Kenya A. Samuels Features Editor Jobina C. Brown Sports Editor Adwoa Aikins Health Center Christina Burch Security & Greeks Deanna Harris Dormitories Erisha Lipford Briefings & Kudos Amber Lugo ACES Delanissa A. Moody General Assignment Harolyn Stevenson-Smith Women’s Leadership Institute AShauna K. Tyler Herstory PRODUCTION Naima Q. Barbour Chief Copy Desk Editor Kirsten Britt Pasteup Marshelle Bryson Pasteup Ronda Stingley Pasteup/Photography Nikia Steele Sales & Marketing Manager Marie A. Dixon-Smith Editorial Assistant/Photography Darnita Howard Circulation Nabila Redmond Circulation Assistant Dr. Lona D. Cobb Faculty Adviser The Bennett Banner is a laboratory newspaper published twice a month during the academic year, except during months with College recognized holidays or College vacations. The newspaper is pro duced by and for students at Bennett College. The newspaper office is located in Shell Hall C-2. Some photographs published in the Banner are courtesy of the Public Affairs and Marketing Office. What do you think should happen to the youth accused of the Arkansas shootings? March 24, Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden killed four female classmates and a teacher and wounded 11 others during a shooting rampage at their middle school in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Photographs by Marie Dixon-Smith, Banner Editorial Assistant and Photographer. AKILAH WOODARD CLASSiSOPHOMORE MAJOR: ELEMENTARY ED. HOME STATE; NEW YORK The accused should be sent to prison, and they need to spend time in a place where they can think about the serious crime they committed Those kids have some issues that need to be addressed before they are able to cope outside in the real world. JENNIFER BOONE CLASS; SENIOR MAJORiMUSIC HOME STATE; NEW YORK TTte children obviously have problems that prison carmotfix. They need to be placed in a mental institution. They seriously need Jesus so that they can get a sound mind. VIOLET BAFFOUR CLASS; SOPHOMORE MAJOR: POLITICAL SCI. HOME; GHANA 77ie boys committed a heinous crime for no reason. As sad as it is and as harsh as it may seem, I think they deserve the death penalty once they attain the age of 18. It will not bring back the lives they took but it will act as a deterrent to others contemplat ing on crime of a similar nature. m TANNA WATSON CLASS: FRESHWOMAN MAJOR: POLI SCI HOME STATE; MARYLAND I think the boys should not be tried as adults. They should take the responsiblity for their actions and their wrong doing. LAWANDA SMITH CLASS: SOPHOMORE MAJOR: BUS. ADMIN. HOME STATE; CALIFORNIA I believe the boys should be tried as adults. AISHA HART CLASS: SOPHOMORE MAJOR: SOCIAL WORK HOME STATE; PENNSYLVANIA The children in Arkansas should be tried as adults. Regardless of what sentence they receive, they'll still be able to breathe longer than their victims. It's sad to see the world coming to a time where children need to use guns to express their feelings.