I disagree entirely. The use of children and the absence of adults and authoritarian forces in charge of socializing the kids was a pervasive theme in that book. It was so believable and so poignant because these were kids, with blurred lines between reality and fantasy, morality and impulse, social norms and instinct, civilized justice and animalistic "might makes right". Of course, you can take a New Critical analysis of the book and make it into any allegory you wish but a strict deconstructionist argument of the book indicates that children were used as the characters because they had not been totally socialized and this "human nature" has not been suppressed by enforcement of civilized morality.Not to get into a book discussion with you, but Lord of the Flies was an allegory for human, adult nature and society at large. Children were used to show that it was human nature, not just natural to children.
I agree you shouldn't "get away with it" as a kid either. That's part of socialization: consequences commensurate with culpability in the matter at hand. To criminally try children because they screw up and act out during the socialization process is beyond irrational, however. There is an expectation that kids are not always going to be kids...that they are going to mature and rise to the morality taught to them over time. To impress permanent, life destroying punishment over something that is part of the maturation process does not make any sense at all. That is part of your "human consequence" we were talking about earlier.I don't know what kind of kid you were but I played very nicely with my sister, whether my mom was watching or not. I agree that most bullying shouldn't be prosecuted because it's not in the real world. But when it crosses over to harrassment, it needs to be. You can't harrass someone and get away with it when you're adult, you shouldn't be able to when you're a kid.