The "cute" wears off pretty fast after about age 5.
A thoughtful response is a thoughtful response.
I've seen some terrible kids in a school setting. Hopyard explains how he sees the "degrees of bad" that I merely mentioned.
I have to agree with him in that many kids tend to do stupid things. The degree of wrong in many actions varies from person to person, and here I agree with Hopyard to a great extent, that their youth has not been tempered with wisdom and experience.
Even though I've seen many bad things, at the end of the day I still see far more good being done than bad. Don't ever think that I believe the future is lost. In the end good will beat the darkness if good people merely stand up and do the right thing. Which, may mean shooting a child if the circumstances require it. It's like any other scenario we go through. When the time comes, we have to make a judgement call and live with the actions we take.