Most of us did, however you occaisionally run across the "class badass" who just has to act on his stupid thoughts. He knows right from and wrong but he just has to do it.
Sometimes kids and adults too, do something wrong even when they know it is wrong regardless of how they were raised.
When I was 12, I may not have appreciated the monetary value of the painting, but I would have known putting gum on it was wrong.
That being said, I had a had a tendency to do stupid things when I was younger, maybe not that stupid, but stupid, nonetheless. I just did not think.
My father would get so mad at me...
"Why did you do it?"
The truth was, I did not know. Sort of an "I am therefore, I do" type of thing.
I pretty much grew out of it by the 6th grade.
The story has an ending which gives rise to hope....
"....Holly Academy director Julie Kildee said the boy had been suspended from the charter school and said his parents also have disciplined him.
"Even though we give very strict guidelines on proper behavior and we hold students to high standards, he is only 12 and I don't think he understood the ramifications of what he did before it happened, but he certainly understands the severity of it now," said Kildee....."
Disciplined at school by the Academy Director
Disciplined at home by parents
I am sure there is a bit of hell to pay yet, to the school, to his parents and to the museum.
Works for me.