Under New York's juvenile justice system a child as young as 7 can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult. These laws are shockingly behind the times -- bad for children and bad for public safety.
It seems grotesque that the horrific slaughter of those 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, will result in more children getting traumatized, but that's exactly where we're headed -- with firm bipartisan support.
The NYPD has just released some startling numbers: five students are arrested on average each day in NYC public schools. In the period covered, 93 percent of those arrested were black or Latino and 75 percent were male.