9-Year-Old Charged With Setting Cat O...

9-Year-Old Charged With Setting Cat On Fire

There are 116 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Jul 28, 2008, titled 9-Year-Old Charged With Setting Cat On Fire. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

A 9-year-old boy was arrested on charges that he set a cat on fire. New Castle County police and agents from the Delaware SPCA arrested the boy at his home on Friday.

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The Inventor

Glassboro, NJ

#22 Jul 29, 2008
Put him to work for the Human Society. Force him to learn the right way to kill an animal. That must be a hard job, why not let someone do it who at least enjoys it?
Phil_E_Drifter

Bensalem, PA

#23 Jul 29, 2008
The Inventor wrote:
Put him to work for the Human Society. Force him to learn the right way to kill an animal. That must be a hard job, why not let someone do it who at least enjoys it?
Nice viewpoint. Sounds like a prime candidate for a poultry plant, don't you think?(in 9 years)
The Inventor

Glassboro, NJ

#24 Jul 29, 2008
...I agree, Phil!! See - we need to find the good in these situations. Someone has to kill the animals, or else we'll all starve and die. This kid shoud put this on his resume!
Gimme Shelter

Philadelphia, PA

#25 Jul 29, 2008
The Inventor wrote:
meOOWWWWWWW! Didn't Jerry the Mouse set fire to Tom over and over in the Tom & Jerry cartoon? It was all fun and games then. Now we're suprised that one kid takes it too far. Blame Hanna Barbara (or if you prefer, blame Bush).
what about "Itchy and Scratchy ?
Becky

Fort Wayne, IN

#26 Jul 29, 2008
My question is this, why is a nine year old child allowed to run around unsupervised anyway? I hope the parents will be brought up on charges also, at that age a child should still be with someone all the time and it sounds like this kid went where he wanted when he wanted.
Tired of Paying

Winterthur, DE

#27 Jul 29, 2008
It is already too late for this abomination. He should be euthanized before he sets a human on fire. He is a cur.
The Inventor

Glassboro, NJ

#28 Jul 29, 2008
It's society's fault for putting forward all these programs that glorify animal violence. We should reward this young man for opening our eyes to the silent epidemic of animated animal cruelty. It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye (...or until someone sets your fur ablaze, I guess.)
Gimme Shelter

Philadelphia, PA

#29 Jul 29, 2008
The Inventor wrote:
It's society's fault for putting forward all these programs that glorify animal violence. We should reward this young man for opening our eyes to the silent epidemic of animated animal cruelty. It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye (...or until someone sets your fur ablaze, I guess.)
If it's "society's" fault, then why weren't there mass blindings and head injuries via hammer when the Three Stooges were in their heyday? The "fault" is in lack of parental responsibility.
The Inventor

Glassboro, NJ

#30 Jul 29, 2008
I'm sure there were many Stooge-related injuries back in the day. We just didn't have the gift of the Internet (thank you Mr. Gore) to broadcast the "news" of such incidents. You mean to tell me you were never bonked on the head by a falling bowling ball? With a post like that one, I bet you were! Parental responsibility is over-rated. If a kid is old enough to operate a remote control, he's jolly-well old enough to know which cats to burn and which to leave alone.
Mike

Maple Shade, NJ

#31 Jul 29, 2008
First we need to design a cat with opposable thumbs. The train the cat to use a bic lighterÖ I think you see where Iím going here

OR get some Minority Report going and try him for his future crimes (murder) While considering the future consider this: In the future capitol punishment will be accomplished with a modified wood chipper that has been connected to the feedstock end of a thermal decomposition bio-fuel plant. He can be our oil! There is a pilot plant over at the Philly Shipyard, turning chicken offal & used tires into bio-diesel. We could have the wood chipper adaptation set up in a week Iím sure :lol:
Gimme Shelter

Philadelphia, PA

#32 Jul 29, 2008
The Inventor wrote:
I'm sure there were many Stooge-related injuries back in the day. We just didn't have the gift of the Internet (thank you Mr. Gore) to broadcast the "news" of such incidents. You mean to tell me you were never bonked on the head by a falling bowling ball? With a post like that one, I bet you were! Parental responsibility is over-rated. If a kid is old enough to operate a remote control, he's jolly-well old enough to know which cats to burn and which to leave alone.
At nine year old, kids only know what they are taught or shown and who does the allowing and showing ? That's right, the parents.
JRH

Harleysville, PA

#33 Jul 29, 2008
Sal wrote:
Another straight A student who is a perfect angel? The parents will look to sue the police.
ALSO, A F--- Bi-Polar-Manic Depressive. Parents not taking time to get hi therapy & or necessary Meds. Let's hope they put this Kid away for a few years. The Parents don't need this type of Kid in their Home
NJGirl72

Denver, CO

#34 Jul 29, 2008
Apparently, this kid's parents have little to no parenting skills whatsoever. What kind of parent leaves a child like this, who has been in trouble with the law before, run the streets with no supervision? And what kind of kid has a police record when they're only 9 years old? It's a disgrace! This kid obviously feels no empathy and has no respect for anyone or anything. Parents seem to feel no shame or embarrassment when their kid misbehaves and encourage or validate it in many cases. I sincerely hope that they institutionalize this delinquent until he's 21.
The Inventor

Glassboro, NJ

#35 Jul 29, 2008
Neither my mom nor my dad ever showed me how to NOT light cats on fire, yet I managed not to. Unless we're to believe that the parent is a feline-pyromaniac, he didn't learn this from his parents - therefore, they're not to blame. I blame curiosity.
The kid was curious about what happens if you pour an accelerant on a cat and then apply flame - CURIOSITY killed the cat! There you have it. He should have learned that adage in school, and if he didn't then our education system has failed him. Once again it's society's fault.
Let's stop blaming the parents. It's hard to raise boys. That's why I chose to have daughters.
Pie

United States

#36 Jul 29, 2008
I hope that child gets pychiatric help and soon because he needs it desparately. And I hope that his accomplice is caught and is prosecuted as well so that the accomplice also gets psychiatric help. How would they like to be set on fire so that they die? They obviously lack compassion. We do not need serial killers in training.
The Inventor

Glassboro, NJ

#37 Jul 29, 2008
What's the big deal? It was just a cat for crying out loud. I don't think a person should be punished just because he killed a cat.

Like you never ran over a squirrel? I guess in your world roadkill = hit-and-run, right? Hit a deer, go to prison. I think you're nuts.
Rock Strongo

Glenmoore, PA

#38 Jul 29, 2008
When I was a kid, I knew of a few boys that tortured and killed cats for thrills. These kids were usually abused/neglected by their parents, and were real head cases when they got older.
NJGirl72

Fairfield, CT

#39 Jul 29, 2008
The Inventor wrote:
What's the big deal? It was just a cat for crying out loud. I don't think a person should be punished just because he killed a cat.
Like you never ran over a squirrel? I guess in your world roadkill = hit-and-run, right? Hit a deer, go to prison. I think you're nuts.
I totally disagree with you. Hitting a deer, squirrel, possum, etc. by accident while driving home is just that...an accident. There was no intention to harm the animal or prior planning to go out and intentionally harm an animal. What this is kid is sadistic; he made a conscious decision to cause severe pain and harm to a defenseless animal. Not only that, this kid has been in trouble before with the police and he's only 9.
gigi

Philadelphia, PA

#40 Jul 29, 2008
This child is a serial killer in the making. Look at some of the most famous serial killers. They all started out torturing animals.
The Inventor

Glassboro, NJ

#41 Jul 29, 2008
Rock Strongo wrote:
When I was a kid, I knew of a few boys that tortured and killed cats for thrills. These kids were usually abused/neglected by their parents, and were real head cases when they got older.
I wouldn't have hung around with those kids. They sound creepy. But I wouldn't have locked them up either. I know a lot of "head cases" that probably never killed a cat. And there are probably loads of people who killed a cat or two in their youth who have grown up to be lovely adults.
Kids do the darndest things. Some of them kill cats, some of them burn ants with a magnifying glass, some step on caterpillars. Kids kill stuff - it's just what they do. It's part of how kids learn to respect life. I think they should stop at cats, anything much bigger is a little scary.

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