Anyone who has ever been a teenager knows well how differently teens make decisions.
If not, do a quick Google search for “knockout game” or “backpack challenge” for a quick reminder.
As adults, it’s difficult to imagine feeling compelled to punch strangers for a YouTube video or to allow fellow classmates to smash into you with heavy book bags.
Suffice to say the adolescent brain is clearly different. Kids make impulsive decisions and lack the emotional maturity to consider long-term consequences of their actions.
As policymakers, it is important to take such information into consideration when crafting legislation that impacts this population.