To Kill a Mockingbird

What is the significance of Jem's reaction to Scout when she starts to kill the roly-poly?

Chapter 25

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Jem points out that a caterpillar (Roly Poly) never hurt her so why should she hurt it? Scout thinks Jem is going strange. Really Jemis affected by the Tom Robinson trial. He feels for the innocent being punished without cause, even if it is a caterpillar.