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Juvenile Justice

Posted August 12, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— We trust that our kids will be safe at day care centers, but danger can come from within -- in the form of another child.

Anne Caspar owns a Cary day care center. She says that the has had to remove children who were endangering others. However, she tries to handle the problems early.

The Governor's Commission on Juvenile Justice says that the number of juveniles arrested is increasing daily. Still, the Commission's Marcia Morey says that it's rare for a very young child to commit a violent crime.

Therapists say that violent behavior does not happen once -- it becomes a pattern. They say that part of the treatment can consist of both the parents and the school working together to reach out to the child in new ways.

The state has no special training school for juvenile offenders younger than ten years of age. Young children convicted of violent crimes may stay at home and receive therapy, or they could be sent to a group or foster home.

Juvenile crime is a growing problem in the Tarheel State. Just ten years ago, North Carolina courts dealt with 19,000 juvenile cases. Last year, that number jumped by more than a third.