FBI Director Blames COVID School Shutdowns For Soaring Juvenile Crime

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 4: FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Hart Building on Thursday, August, 4, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said Thursday that children who were shut out of schools during the pandemic and who have yet to go back to the classroom are factors in America’s “violent crime crisis.”
  • He said juveniles have added to the brew of drugs, gangs and illegal guns that are fueling the crime spree.
  • “We are seeing, and I hear this from chiefs and sheriffs all the time, as well as our own agents, an alarming uptick in the incidence of juveniles engaging in violence, often graduating from carjackings to even worse violence,” Mr. Wray said.
  • “This is a real challenge for the legal system because we’re not set up to very effectively deal with crimes committed by minors.”

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