Younger and younger children are being convicted of crimes, forcing us to ask: at what age can we expect a youngster to understand moral choices and consequences? Experts agree that there is not a specific age at which children develop a conscience and judgment. Children learn these important distinctions at different ages because they are taught there are consequences to their behavior for which they will be held responsible.

Retired from the military, Melvin Holliday now teaches students in elementary through high school who are removed from their regular classes for mandatory or discretionary disciplinary reasons and placed in CCISD’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program. The goal is to re-educate students in a safe, nurturing environment with consistent expectations.

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