"There's this kid I always see. He always looks messy and I saw him grab this old lady's bag and run away. That's stealing. Why did he do that?", asked Hunter. "He fits under strain theory. He might come from a poor family or not be in school which may be why he steals. He might not have been taught that stealing is bad or money may be how he buys food", said Hunter's mom.
"Another theory called the social disorganization theory can also explain why he did that. If he lives in a place that's not very developed with a lot of people from different cultures, he's more likely to commit a crime", said Hunter's mom. "Yeah, his house is not as nice as ours and it looks very scary. None of those kids go to school and we don't like walking there", said Hunter.
"Is there any other reason why people become criminals?", asked Hunter. "There is... it's called the rational choice theory. That's when someone thinks committing a crime is better than not", said Hunter's mom. "So they do it on purpose?", asked Hunter. "Yes, if they think that committing a crime, like stealing money, is a better idea because they'll have money and be happy then they'll do it", said Hunter's mom
"Criminals come from here and there. Criminals can come from anywhere. Don't worry mommy, I won't become a criminal", said Hunter.