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Teachers tend to be annoying sticks-in-the-mud who do nothing but spoil people's fun. Parents are cluelessno longer careor are either over- or under protective. And any other designated authority figures the kid might come across?
Usually, this is just plot necessity especially on comedy shows. After all, a High School Hustler could hardly get anything done if the teachers kept their eyes open, and if the parents were vigilant; being told that You Are Grounded would wreck the plot. But on a handful of drama shows, there's a real venom to it.
Radio Free Roscoe is about a group of heroic teens who defy a tyrannical school administration. On a smaller scale, Degrassi: The Next Generation has episodes where it is implied that stealing school property is no big deal, but it's disgraceful to inform on the thief.
This can also occur in shows where you Can't Get Away with Nuthin' — kids who break school rules somehow always get caught, but due to bad lucknot because a teacher was alert.
This is also common when adults are told something is happening, but simply don't believe itresulting in a Cassandra Truth. The logical extreme of this trope is There Are No Adults. This trope often gives the impression that only teens or younger kids are capable of saving the world and stuff.
The problem with this is that it implies that there's no point in telling adults about your problems because they'd either disbelieve you or be too useless to help. However, this trope can occasionally be used in a more mature fashion to demonstrate a moral about growing up and realizing that adults are not all-powerful.
This is especially common in military or war-themed shows and literature, where the point is that adults are ultimately unable to protect the younger generation. This version is, unfortunately, often Truth in Television.
Another interpretation of this is merely that the adults who can help won't because the dilemma's solution at least the obvious and often more exciting one would pretty much wind up breaking several laws and safety codes.
This can be especially true in a lot of shows involving the police or military; the ones who strictly adhere to code are always shown incompetent whereas the ones who break code are the competent ones.
It may be a good way to teach that you can't solve all your problems by just asking the grown-ups to help. Another seldom-used aspect of this trope sort of plays off the above.
In this version, it's not that Adults are useless; quite the opposite. The problem is that the protagonists — because of youthful embarrassment, a need to prove themselves or simple ego — can't ask for help, or accept it when it's given.
This version is also Truth in Televisionbut you'll not find many young people who are willing to admit that. Sometimes it may even be a simple case of Poor Communication Kills - sometimes the adults seem worthless because they aren't seeing it from the characters' point of view.
Or a combination of the above where the kids simply don't tell the adults so they don't know. Parental Obliviousness and Police are Useless are subtropes. An Obstructive Bureaucrat may show up, but it's not something the younger age group encounters often. Not to be confused with Humans Are Moronswhich deals with everybody being like this.
Alien Nine has a premise where all of the adults at an elementary school stay inside heavily armored rooms while sending their students to capture the aggressive aliens. It didn't help that at least some of the adults, namely the teacher in charge of the school's alien catching group, and the principal, were deliberately useless as part of some sort of conspiracy.
The rest of the adults were just useless. Yuri's mother is especially bad; Yuri comes home from an alien assault that is awfully reminiscent of a rapeand her mother just tells her to cheer up and do her job. In Beelzebubwhen Oga's mother hears he's in a gang war, her reaction is to just let him deal with it.
The school only has two teachersthe principal and the lunch lady, who both make a special effort to stay as uninvolved with the delinquents as possible.More and more teens now are doing time alongside adults in prison. and the number of adolescents tried and sentenced as adults.
This chart outlines the different philosophies and procedures in. Children in Prison. Print email. Children as young as thirteen have been tried as adults and sentenced to die in prison, typically without any consideration of their age or circumstances of the offense. EJI argued in the United States Supreme Court that death-in-prison sentences imposed on children are unconstitutional, and the Court has.
This trope often gives the impression that only teens or younger kids are capable of saving the world and stuff. The problem with this is that it implies that there's no point in telling adults about your problems because they'd either disbelieve you or be too useless to help.. However, this trope can occasionally be used in a more mature fashion to demonstrate a moral about growing up and.
Should teenagers be tried as adults? Opinions differ. Some people argue that teenagers don't know what they are doing when they commit a crime and are still too young to comprehend what is right. Aug 12, · The teens face dramatically different treatment because of the judge's decision.
Children tried as adults face longer sentences and fewer resources while incarcerated, and they're more likely to. Although being tried in adult court gives a juvenile more constitutional protections, it has distinct disadvantages too—including the potential for a more severe sentence and the possibility of serving time in an adult correctional facility.