A rather sensible call from the jury on this one I think. There’s no logic whatsoever in criminalising messed up kids. Rather restrained reporting from the Mail so far, I’m wondering if there is plenty of speculation and hysteria to come. God help these kids if they play Halo or own a My Chemical Romance CD!
A rather scary number of commentators seem to be in favour of thought crime though.
I cannot believe the jury found them not guilty. How worrying that these boys have now been set free. I'm sure in years to come we will hear their names again when they will have actioned one of their "hare brained schemes". I hope I am wrong....
- Sue, Edenbridge, Kent, 16/9/2009 14:16
teenage scribblings of youngsters with over-active imaginations?! and people think they shouldnt have gone to court. Did no-one on the jury ever consider that all they hadnt done was make the transition from imagination to reality? The intent was there, they just hadnt carried it out. An over-active imagination when i was at school was more concerned with worrying about monsters under the bed than blowing up my classmates and teachers!
- ruth, rugby, 16/9/2009 14:16
You where thinking about monsters under the bed when you where 16?
And potential terrorists reading and seeing this would be discouraged.?
We are a laughing stock.
- Richard widmark, Newcastle uk, 16/9/2009 14:10
Yeah, because Islamic fundamentalism and the teen angst are comparable...
I'm glad it got to court - it might teach these two a lesson. What on earth is going on in their sick heads?
- brightonbelle, UK, 16/9/2009 13:57
Much the same as goes through many messed up teenagers heads. These ones where just unfortunate enough to be grassed up, thus giving Plod no choice but to drag them through this process.
It's not April 1st is it? If they were my two I'd be asking for some psychiatric assessment..
- Peter, Wokingistan, EUUK, 16/9/2009 13:52
Who is to say they are not getting it? All today means is that they are not criminals, not that they don't need help. Cretin.
one thing is writing "i hate all my classmates, i wish they would all blow up" and another thing is actually owning maps & plans of the school, Mein Kampf and details of how to create explosives! even if they did not end up carrying out their plans today, they seem to be "messed up" to be put in the least formal way, and teenagers with these tendancies will not just "grow out of their fantasies". they should have received help, but the UK is so lenient when it comes to the justice system that their out like many other criminals after showing deep regret for their actions..............
- anon, manchester, 16/9/2009 13:52
Yet another prat who can't tell the difference between them not being declared criminals and getting a clean bill of psychiatric health.
Oh and if owning Mein Kampf is evidence of planning a murder then history students and enthusiasts the world over had better start burning their copies now!
One fairly sensible comment at least.
If the Police got to hear the private thoughts and conversations of all teenage boys a good proportion of them would end up in Court. These two were effectively tried for a thought crime. It's a good job that they got a Jury, future teenagers may not be so lucky. This case highlights the dangerous territory we are entering as far as thought crimes are concerned.
- Paul, Reigate, UK, 16/9/2009 14:01