Police officers in North Carolina arrested a six-year-old boy for plucking a tulip. He is accused of taking the flower from a yard while waiting at a bus stop.
The boy has been charged with injury to real property and was sent before a judge to present his case.
Julie Boyer, the child’s attorney, shared with the public that her client’s attention span was too limited to be engaged in the court proceedings. Instead, she presented him with crayons and a coloring book to distract him during the trial.
In North Carolina, children as young as six can be charged and sent to juvenile court, Though 2020, the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice recommended raising the age to 12. And meanwhile, the National Juvenile Justice Network recommends raising the age to 14.
“A 6-year-old … we’re talking about someone that’s in kindergarten, first grade. They don’t understand the process, they don’t understand what’s going on, they probably don’t even know their address,” said Lyana Hunter, representative of the New Hanover County public defenders office.