Sunday, April 23, 2006

Naughty Boy

According to the government’s youth justice tsar, Professor Rod Morgan, a generation of British children is being "demonised" because of misplaced hysteria over teenage crime.

Professor Morgan, in the Independent, says that discretion should be exercised in cases where children are being sent to court for offences that would once have been dealt with by a slap on the wrist. This would be fine, if a slap on the wrist didn’t carry a criminal conviction for the adult who might be prepared to administer such a thing and besides, I doubt that Professor Morgan has visited Birchington or Cliftonville recently.

NACRO, the crime reduction charity, is calling for youth workers to patrol the streets in an effort to stop children from going to jail but it would be equally useful if the police and social services adopted a zero tolerance policy to the frequent teenage behaviour problems we see around us in places such as Thanet

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the days when a parent would punish a 'lad' brought home by the police, then a slap on the wrist worked. The problem today is that having removed simple corporal punishment out of the system in homes, schools and local policing. what is the punishment or penalty? Effectively there is none. A graffitti on Westgate Beach prom wall a couple of years ago said it all "children rule, ok". Punishment should punish and be a deterrence. There is no deterrence as there is no punishment. In Blairs Britain 200 families between 1998 and 2004 buried a relative, brutally murdered by someone released from prison early and apparantly under supervision.

Anonymous said...

I agree with all that has been said. We are a minority do gooder society. We all moan but do not stand up and air our voices against the minority. My only satisfaction is that one day that todays offenders will probably have siblings who will give the same grief to their parents. I will be long gone before this happens, either to the sky or to a country with morals and values that mean something. Such a shame..............

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Yes, since they stopped caning in schools, and reprimands by the Towns Chief Constables, discipline & respect have flown out of the window forever in this country. Parental control, is a thing of the past. I often hear statements in Tesco or ASDA like..."don't do that darling, mummy will be unhappy, and give you 2 minus points" as juniour drops a £59.99 radio on the floor and proceeds to jump on it.

Anonymous said...

Bringing back caning would be a massive failure nowadays. It would lead to deeper resent kids have towards swchool and general authority who adminsiter such punishment.
It's too late to just start beating kids who do something wrong now. The older kids wouldn't let it happen and a fair few would probably smack a teacher for doing such a thing.

I still can't fathom how to sort the problem out with all these mouthy and occasionally violent kids. Just today I was told I was to be banged out by a child half my height and then 3 mintues later for them to say the same thing to some younger kids. This ended in a little scuffle involving of of the kids who got hit smacking a girl in the face, rightly so mind.

It's such a strange expereince to go through, if you beat up a kid who insults you loudly he'll instantly tyr to gather as many of his brothers friends to come after you. They take no responsability with their actions at all and once they are "punished" they want to finda way to retalliate, and of course this isn't happening just here, it's the same eveyrwhere and even in other countries.

Not too long ago did a snowball fight with some Italian students escalte into a full 20 person fight.

Pedagogue said...

What I find amusing is my Year 11 pupils in their last year at my school talking about how unruly and brattish the Year 7s are! Some have indeed advocated the return of corporal punishment as "nuffink else is no punishment, miss". From the mouths of babes.......