A 12-year-old is ordered by a judge to get a job in order to pay restitution.
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A 12-year-old is ordered by a judge to get a job. Some judges opt for the old-fashioned approach to punishment. An 11-year-old boy from Western Massachusetts ended up in court after spray painting graffiti on his neighbors’ homes.He previously had a charge of juvenile delinquency put on hold on the condition that he made restitution and paid the victims for the damages. However, he failed to follow through, so a judge recently ordered that the now 12-year-old boy get a job to pay off his debt to the neighbors.The boy’s probation was also extended four years. His defense attorney argues with the decision stating “Where does a 12-year-old find work to pay this off? It’s not going to happen.” However court officials suggested that he could mow lawns, baby-sit or shovel snow for his neighbors as a form of restitution. This isn’t the first case of unusual legal action. Last year, a judge in Utah ordered a 13 year old female to have her hair cut in court as punishment. Kaytlen Lopan and a friend had previously become friendly with a three-year-old child in a local McDonald's restaurant, when the two obtained some scissors and took turns chopping the young toddler’s hair off.