The Teenage Magna Carta By: Jaya, Avneet, Gagan, Shela, and Simran S.

What is the Magna Catra?

The Magna Carta is like a constitution for the people. Magna Carta means “The Great Charter, or The Great Paper”. This important historical book established foundation that everyone is subject to the law. The Magna Carta book set of foundation for parliament and government. The Magna Carta made everyone responsible for their actions including the King. This was the first time the citizens had the right to a criminal trial in front of their peers, instead of justice the king chooses. It almost completely restricted the king's power, and protected the peoples rights. This was a huge crucial development of government.

What does this quote mean: "No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice. This quote means, that a freeman, who has all the rights and is not a slave, shouldn’t be seized (Kept in captivity) or imprisoned (arrested)… It means that they will go along with the rights and not treat anyone unfairly. Every man has equal rights to rules even if you are a regular citizen or a king. Equality to all.

Clause number 1: After a divorce, teenagers have the right to choose which parent they want to live with and meet.

Why is it important: When the parents separate the child should be the one that decides where they want to live. Teenagers at the age 13 know how to make decisions as they are independent, and at that age, the brain is developed. At that age the teenager can make their bed, make food, and talk to their parents in a rational manner. At the age of 13 children have the right to choose their upbringing.

Clause number 2: Voting age 15.

Why it is important: The voting age of 15 will create empowerment for the young people. The young people are the future of this world. The sooner they become knowledgeable about politics and begin to understand the political structure the better they can make informed decisions. Voting is a privilege to everyone including 15-year olds.

Clause number 3: Smoking age 21.

Why it is important: This rule is important because in our country today there are a lot of teenagers who smoke. Smoking is bad for your health and secondhand smoke is even worse for other people around the community. Restricting the age of smoking will create stricter boundaries and laws. Thus making it harder to gain access to cigarettes. By the age of 21 kids get smarter and can make more informed decisions.

Clause number 4: Driving age 13.

Why it is important: If teenagers can drive at the age of 13 teenagers can get their first job and start driving to school. Sooner they can drive the sooner their responsibilities will increase. They can be contributing members of society.

Clause number 5: Teenagers should be able to make all of their decisions.

Why is this important: This rule is important because teenagers need to know how the world works and learn from their own mistakes. It gives them wisdom and it really does set them up for uses later in life when their parents are no longer around. It's true parents want to keep their kids safe and protect them from regret, but how are they going to be prepared for adulthood if you don't give them a chance to make their own decisions and deal with their mistakes. Sometimes, it's good for kids to learn and experience their regrets so things like that will make them a wiser individual.

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