Yesterday I set-up a little thought experiment. We had some rioting here in the UK recently, and the police have asked the parents of rioting teenagers to bring their children into police stations so that they can be charged.
I asked people to imagine that their 18 year old teenage child had stolen a bottle of water from a shop during the riots, and decide whether they would hand over their child to the police.
Half of you were asked to imagine that the teenage rioter was male and the other half imagined that the rioter was female. In fact, that didn’t matter at all. Thousands of people took part and the results clearly showed that around only 14% of people said that they would give their child over to the police.
How do you feel about that finding? Shocked? How can people justify not handing their criminal child to the authorities?