Ok so the general question is what do you think about violence done to children in stories? Can a protagonist do it or does it have to be a side character or villain do the harm. So I have hit a slight snag as far as how my characters act. For background it’s a science fiction. A group finds themselves standard on a more primitive section of a planet. The group is made up of two factions. One is the government bureaucrats and students in school for those positions and their bodyguards. The other is the two protagonists, ( Lapis, a former operator turned diplomat and Portia, his genetic super soldier body guard) and special forces operators who are cultural minorities. Ok so the situation is that they take shelter from the environment ( planet is in a ice age) in this primitive village. The primitive society has a resistant group that opposes the government, to communicate they use runners who are often children orphaned by the conflict. so when they move into the village a runner is sent to go contact the resistance army. Anywise to stop the runners someone shoots the runner. This creates a division and distrust between the two factions. The shooter is from the faction the two protagonists belong to. I don’t think I can have either of my protagonist shoot and have an audience still like them. So I guessing I can not have one of the operators shoot. Could I have Lapis order a operator to shoot the runner?