Types of Juvenile Setters
· School Officials
· Social Workers
· Police Department
· Firefighters with whom he or she has come into contact with
· The majority of these types are between 2 and 7 years of age
· They imitate adults that light cigarettes, candles etc...
· It is normal for them to have curiosity with matches or fire in general but they must be taught proper use of fire and how destructive a force it can be.
· Generally a child from 2 to teenage which is crying out for help
· Some signs to watch for would be: plays alone, inability to form close relationships, shyness, impulsive fighting with siblings or peers, extreme mood swings, bedwetting, stuttering, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior.
· Some of these children express anger by hurting themselves or destroying their own toys
· A large majority of these children have problems at school
· This could be a response to abuse or neglect
· They rarely come from a happy home situation
· Setting fires is a way to act out their anger
· Usually in their early teens with a history of suspicious fires
· Usually an act of vandalism for pure enjoyment or destroying property
· Targets for their arsons are usually abandoned buildings, open fields or schools.
· Fires can be large, premeditated and sophisticated
· Experts say that these delinquent fire setters have a history of lying, stealing, truancy and possible substance abuse
4) SEVERELY DISTURBED:
· Very small percentage of fire setters
· All ages are represented but all have behavior problems
· Most of the severely disturbed fire setters are in mental or correctional institutions
· Their treatment process is complicated, lengthy and expensive with no easy solutions