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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Disgusted with youth crime and crime in general

All we hear about in the news lately is how youth crime is on the rise. On Monday night a man on the way to the forum to play hockey was attacked by four youths with snowballs and swung his hockey stick at them to defend himself. As if that wasn't bad

Posted on Sun, Dec 9, 2007 at 3:44 PM

Published December 07, 2006.Disgusted with youth crime and crime in general

All we hear about in the news lately is how youth crime is on the rise. On Monday night a man on the way to the forum to play hockey was attacked by four youths with snowballs and swung his hockey stick at them to defend himself. As if that wasn't bad enough a few minutes later a youth came up to him and stabbed him twice in the shoulder. What is it with these kids that they feel they need to attack random people? When someone actually tries to defend himself the kids have to take it to the next level and stab the guy. Why were they attacking him in the first place? He wasn't bothering them. This is not an isolated incident.

There are two parts to the problem. The first is our youth justice system. There is a need of consequence for actions. I read the other day of two youths in Ontario who threw a rock over an overpass which went through a bus window killing the bus driver. Their plea was guilty. Sentence: 6 months house arrest.

The second part of the problem, and by the far the largest is society in general. Kids these days are not being taught right from wrong. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with a good spanking to tell a kid that he is doing something wrong as long as one doesn't forget that positive reinforcement is important as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about brutal beatings. The bottom line is, we need to start teaching kids morals at an early age starting at home so when our laws fail us the damage won't be as bad. What does everyone else think?

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