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Fire tragedy a brutal wake-up call for small town

Five people died in a fire tragedy in Greenville Ohio.

If that isn't sad enough, the person being charged with arson and murder, is but 10 years of age.

Did I read that right? A ten year old capable of arson and murdering his own mother? This is written in sadness, rather than anger, that either the judicial system has become so warped and confused that someone so young could be tried for such haneous crimes, or that kids just aren't as pure and innocent as they used to be. I desperately hope that the err is of the judicial system, rather than from todays society and lifestyle being capable of creating someone so dark, so quickly.

What's your experience? Can a ten year old boy be capable of extreme crimes? Is the err due to a faultering judicial system?

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