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Lao Kaisheng, a pro­fes­sor of ed­u­ca­tion at Bei­jing Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity, agreed with Wan, adding that grow­ing num­bers of di­vorced and left-be­hind fam­i­lies also con­trib­uted to the in­crease, be­cause ju­ve­niles could not get timely guid­ance.

Han Fan­gli, a mem­ber of the Higher Peo­ple’s Court ju­di­cial com­mit­tee in East China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince, noted an in­crease in the num­ber of ju­ve­nile crim­i­nals with psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems, such as anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, in Shan­dong in 2017, 017, the China News Ser­vice re­ported in May.

Crimes in­vol­volv­ing mi­nors grew ew by 23.81 per­cent nt in Shan­dong last year, ac­cord­ing to re­port.

Stricter laws needed

Ac­cord­ing to Lao, stricter laws are needed d to pre­vent ju­ve­nile enile crime.

Lao pointed d out that pun­ish­ment reg­u­la­tions egu­la­tions on ju­ve­nile crim­i­nals nals are not strict and de­tailed enough, and thus not ef­fec­tive for fright­en­ing young peo­ple.

“Take school bul­ly­ing as an ex­am­ple. The is­sue is still taken as an ed­u­ca­tion is­sue, for which schools and fam­i­lies should be re­spon­si­ble,” Lao said.

Lao noted that an un­clear di­vi­sion of work, power and re­spon­si­bil­ity among dif­fer­ent de­part­ments is also an ob­sta­cle to man­age ju­ve­nile crime is­sues. The Chi­nese State Coun­cil’s Ed­u­ca­tion Su­per­vi­sion Com­mit­tee re­leased a reg­u­la­tion in De­cem­ber 2017 to man­age school bul­ly­ing, say­ing that bul­lies in­volved in se­ri­ous cases who have not vi­o­lated the law should be sent to spe­cial schools for cor­rec­tional ed­u­ca­tion. Lao wor­ried that the reg­u­la­tion may be dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment, as many Chi­nese par­ents would not agree to send their spoiled only child to these schools. Ac­cord­ing to China’s La Law on Pre­vent Pre­ven­tion of Juven Ju­ve­nile Delinq lin­quency, und un­der­age stu stu­dents w who need sp spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion can only b be sent to spe­cial sch schools afte after re­ceiv­ing an a agree­ment f from their pare par­ents or guardians, a and be ap­proved by loc lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion bu­reaus. Ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese crim­i­nal law, peo­ple un­der 16 do not bear crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity. They in­stead should be ed­u­cated by guardians or the gov­ern­ment. Chi­nese law prefers pro­tec­tion over pun­ish­ment when it comes to mi­nor crimes, Zhou said.

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