posted on Feb, 3 2009 @ 07:51 AM
I feel I have some sort of responsibility to give my opinion here.
Judge how you want but I know these youths and race has as much role to play in anything here as everything else.
I'm friends with kids who are 14 that spend nights in the city bottling people and holding them up, then 30 minutes later are stomping someone else
into the ground for no particular reason. Police, ticket inspectors, women, men, any age, they're all targets because these kids live with a single
drug-addict parent relying on food stamps and government benefits to have a roof over their head.
They'll do anything to anyone regardless of whether or not they're in the way.
They get locked up every weekend, then they're out the next week. That same day they're released their best friend gets locked up and is out again
the next week. They have as many friends inside as they do on the street.
Police can't stop it. Believe me when I say that the idea of police intervening or being locked up DOES NOT and WILL NOT change their mindset. It's
a sad state of affairs and will only decline further in time.
Doing pills and attempting to knock out a police officer, then released a week later and out doing it again. Painting trains, doing home invasions,
hot wiring cars and joy-riding.
The good news is that some of them reach the point when they realise they're not going to get far and they do change on their own accord. Even the
most dangerous people I've seen become "normal" people once they neck up.
They know that their wanted by the Police before the Police even show up at their door to arrest them. By that time they're already in hiding at a
friends house on the other side of Melbourne, and they don't tell ANYBODY but that friend where they are and so they are safe for as long as they
want to be.
The ironic part is, that while they're hiding from the police that same night they're holding up people at knife-point in a different suburb.
They pretty much breath violence and can't live without destroying anything.
Like I said, they don't care, and there's so so much more that the news doesn't do or doesn't want to report.
I was there, I did this, but only because I was with those that did it and if I sat back I'd have been the enemy.
In my opinion the only way to attempt to curb the violence is to start at the roots of it and create a friendly environment for these street kids
growing up - BEFORE they're old enough to hold a blade.
[edit on 3/2/09 by Nventual]