I do believe that teenagers are very influenced by what goes on around them, either from parents or peer pressure, even media such as videos and games. There is such a delicate balance in the way teens should handled. Thanks to a new football thugs game available on various formats, a lot of these brats have leasrnt new fighting methods, as the game features fighting lessons !
At the moment I am dealing with some neighbourhood teens that are regualarly ( three times a week at least ) breaking into my caravan in my garden, which is behind locked gates, and spending the night, there drinking and getting high. The police are no help as it is a Civil Trespass matter, which means they can do this as long as the cost of damage isn't above a certain amount, and that they have to leave quietly when asked. The damage they have caused to this caravan, which I now have to sterilise because of allergens, when I use it for an isolation ward every month or so, when I have an allergy treatment, has amounted to a few thousand pounds, to date, and still I can't get the law to touch them.
The oldest teen is 15 and the youngest is 13. I don't understand how the parents don't report their kids that are missing for a whole night, or ( they've been sleeping there for a while now ) haven't worked it all out that they aren't staying with friends. Anyway, the first time we discovered them there, when the police was escorting them off our property, the boys apologised, and thanked us for not charging them ( the police told them we'd dropped the charges for fear of revenge attacks ! ) and now, when we see them climbing back out of our garden in the morning, or on the street, they greet us like friends. The did damage the caravan to get in, and keep getting in, but the caravan itself is always left clean and tidy, if stinking of weed and alcohol. The beds are even made and the litter bags tied up and taken away. Deep down they have manners, so i guess we have to be grateful.
In total contrast, my Dad is constantly abused verbally by a 13 year old, who broke a bit of fencing as he climbed over it, whilst my Dad was watering our garden. My Dad questioned him as to what the hell he was doing, and the lad replied " What's it to you !?! " Dad says " It's my garden and you are trespassing and not only that, you have now caused damage, that's what it is to me ! ". The boy explained that my dad should be grateful that he wasn't disturbed as he was only getting his football back. Dad then tells him off a little and now he gets abused, and followed by this brat and his pals everytime he goes out. My Dad isn't the couragest of men, and is beginning to become reclusive, not going out if the car isn't around, etc. The police can do nothing about it.
If this is how 13 yr olds acts now, what chance have they in life ???
Unfortunately all the troublemakers are now being shipped off the estates by the council and are being settled into the area of private homeowners, where they cause just as much trouble, and pure violence, as if they'd never been moved at all. My area is now not safe to be out in after 8pm. The police station was even closed because of the violence of the thugs, that attacked it and it's staff. The thugs are all teenagers. We live in a sorry world.
Peace, Love, and Happiness, Always