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Does a kid under Bar/Bas Mitzva have to tear Kriya when they go to the Kosel?

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No. From one parent who actually observed a bat mitzva by having her daughter tear for the first time:

Mishnah Berurah, Orach Chaim 561:17. In fact, children might be forbidden to tear their clothes because of ba’al tashchit, the prohibition against wanton waste! See, for a related analysis, Minchat Chinuch 264:34 (Machon Yerushalayim edition, [Netanya, 5748]).

(Not that I'm commenting on whether it's a good idea to celebrate a bar/bat mitzva by an act of mourning; that's a different question but not one that can be answered in this forum.)

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