I hear the comments about how ridiculous this all sounds, but I would like to play devils advocate, and use my own expirience to illustrate a very
serious and important point.
I went to primary school when I was four and a half years of age. Before I went to that establishment,I was an inquisitive, wide eyed, constantly
fascinated child, genuinely ready to learn, and already well engrossed in science, and enthusiastic about learning as much as I could about virtualy
By the time I left primary education at the age of eleven years old, I was interested in one thing. Getting through the day without being kicked half
to death by the psychotic , barely homnid creeps in my year, who probably shouldnt have been within two hundred yards of other HUMANS let alone other
children. I learned more about self defense in school , than I learned about mathematics, english, science, or anything else for that matter.
There were children in my primary school who were doing hard drugs before they were even ten. Im not from London, or some other heavily developed
melting pot. Im from the Thames Estuary, right down on the mouth of the river. Violence, sadism, genuinely horrific levels of inhumanity were par for
the course,daily occurances at my school. No one in the place ever got suspended, or excluded, because that would have looked bad when the Ofstead
inspectors came to make sure everything was ok at the school.
Fact is, the educational establishment, and the representatives of that establishment on the ground, the teachers and administrators at the school
were deliberately oblivious to the barbarity that occured there every day. Its a damned miracle I can even spell my name, so utterly enveloping was
the risk posed by other students at the school, and so distracting was that danger.Learning? I got dumber every year I was there! After a year it
became clear that someone you have just shared your chocolate bar with, may try to break your nose a moment later, just to be seen to be hard. Thats
pretty much gang culture right there. By the time I left that place , you couldnt tell a disruptive, dangerous pupil , from the rest of the class,
because near on everyone would play up, just to appear to be one of the gang.
I didnt show up at school violent and sadistic, and Im still not sadistic, or needlessly violent. But that place taught me that some people start out
in terrifying circumstances,and use thier own anger to ruin everyone else. You can spend about ten minuites a day , when actually living and
attempting to learn, in a school like that, lamenting the awful truth, that these kids mostly do what they do as a cry for help, but when you have to
get through a day in the place without needing to mop your own life blood off your face, you have to forget all that and break something to stay safe.
If the government had asked me, when I was six, who I thought was most likely to be in a gang when they were older, I would have turned to the
government and said:
"Whats all this, when they are older?? They are already in a gang! Dont believe me? Ok sirs, these are the different bootprints pulled off my nuts
after they recieved a serious kicking from a group of thugs in my year... count them... does that look like one set of boot prints??No it doesnt.
Thanks for forcing me to go to this crap school, and for not protecting me from sociopathic scum like them."
I knew from a young age who the proper savages were. If a young , frightened little boy could identify these people, I really cannot understand why
the question of prevention in early life hasnt been raised more often, or more progressively before.
Dont get me wrong, needless intervention in the lives of families is WRONG, we all know that. But there are some circumstances, in which intervention
is not only acceptable but absolutely VITAL. Look at the case of the Bulger killers, Robert Thompson, and Jon Venables. They werent even gang
material, but they were more dangerous than bullets for the toddler they killed, and yet the smallest observation of thier lifestyle and family would
have lead even a cloth eared, half blind psychologist to call for a wagon and a tranquiliser gun and the preparation of a padded cell.
In moderation and fairness, the governments new plan might actually improve the lot of the kids involved in gangs, or who may join them, and (more
importantly in my veiw, since the pack mentality is something I personally would SHOOT people for having) keep innocent parties from having to deal
with psychopathy in the classroom, and prevent shootings and stabbings by the thousands a year, IF done properly.
edit on 4-11-2011 by TrueBrit
because: Bad grammar, which is probably still terrible. Reasons as outlined above.