Do their parents care?

Today’s ODT reports:

A recent increase in groups of people as young as 13 intent on trouble in central Dunedin has members of the public and the police concerned. . .

What are children doing out and unsupervised late at night?

Where do they get the alcohol which fuels most of the trouble?

Do their parents know where their children are?

Do they care?

5 Responses to Do their parents care?

  1. Neil says:

    This is the battle that teachers,police and social workers have with young people and parents.
    What can you do when you have these criminals out on the streets late at night, but very quick to claim their rights when things turn sticky. We still have plenty of trendy lefties who are quick to stand up for these junior crims.
    I am sure that some kind of financial penalty would be worthwhile on their parents providing all the research is done.
    On their own these kids probably are ok, however when iun a group and high on alcohol or drugs they are full of aggression.

  2. Andrei says:

    Give us a break

    Dunedin is a student town – its the end of the academic year and exams are finishing.

    Some people get rowdy – it isn’t good but its not the end of civilization as we know it either.

    Monday is always a slow news day and I’ll be prepared to bet if you searched the archives of the ODT that this story has been recycled many many times over the years

  3. homepaddock says:

    Andrei 13 year olds aren’t students celebrating the end of exams they are children.

  4. Andrei says:

    I know thirteen year olds are Children Ele – I have one, she is called Tatiana and it is not unknown for her to go to town with her friends on Friday or Saturday night.

    She is supposed to be home by 10pm – give or take. The boundaries are there.

    The ODT story is about rowdyism amongst modern youth, with thirteen year olds being the shock horror hook, I guess. Though only one thirteen year old is explicitly mentioned in the context of being taken home by the police, the exact circumstances of this not being revealed

    Mentioned in the story is a fifteen year old bought home drunk after vomiting in MCDonalds toilets. If one of mine did that there would be hell to pay – but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

    Kids have to find their way in this wicked world, and let off a bit of steam – it can be a pain in the rear to those of us who have obtained adulthood at times.

    But if we are honest with ourselves we pushed the boundaries in our adolescence – for example sooner or later most of us over indulged in alcohol, paid the price learnt from it and slowly grew up.

    In a way I wish we could go back to the days when a cop could give a miscreant kid a swift kick up the backside and send him thus chastened on his way. I don’t want kids or adults for that matter to be docile sheep – a bit of liveliness is wonderful and if it slips into rowdyism from time to time it is a small price to pay.

  5. homepaddock says:

    Yes Andrei, I had a learning experience with Bacardi and coke (such was the import of the lesson I’ve never touched either since). But I was 18 at the time & not intent on trouble.

    It’s the combination of the intent to get drunk and then to cause trouble and the youth of the people doing it which is concerning.

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