4. Psychological research confirms what every parent knows: children, including teenagers, act more irrationally and immaturely than adults. Studies further confirm that stressful situations only heighten the risk that emotion, rather than rational thought, will guide the choices children make. The Supreme Court just recognized this!
In Roper v. Simmons, Justice Kennedy wrote: “any parent knows” and “scientific and sociological studies … tend to confirm “that children possess a “lack of maturity” .. an underdeveloped sense of responsibility .. [and take] impetuous and ill-considered actions and decisions.”