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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Teens Assault Police

On the front page of our local "rag" today is an article about how a Halloween bash turned violent.

Apparently, police were called by a neighbour when a party of teenagers became too noisy. When the police arrived, they found that the teens were drinking and smoking pot. The teens became confrontational (imagine!) so the police arrested one male teen but had to struggle to get him under control. Then three teenage girls (ages 15 to 17) kicked the officer in the ribs several times and he/she later ended up having to go to the hospital for x-rays. All the police in attendance were then swarmed by the teens and back up units had to be called in. Four of the teens were finally arrested (1 male and 3 females) but were released into the custody of their parents until their court date.

I don't know about you feel, but I firmly think that the parents should be charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors and anything else the police can legally throw at them. How is it that kids these days have such disrespect towards the police or any other authority that they think they can just do as they please with no regard for anyone else? First, they disrupt the neighbourhood with their noise, then they break the law by drinking and doing drugs, and when they are faced with police officers trying to maintain peace, they think they can just physically attack them without any thought of retribution.

Where were the parents that night? If they were home and knew what was going on, they need to pay the price as well.

A noisy party for teenagers on Halloween night may not sound like a big deal. But it seems there was no parental supervision and these kids physically attacked police officers. Throw the book at both the teens and the parents. Perhaps a night or two in a jail cell will smarten them up. If they get away with their impudence this time, who knows what will happen not far down the road?

With all that's going on in the "big city" (Vancouver) lately with gang wars breaking out and mass murders/attempted murder happening even in the so-called "good" areas of town, we cannot let down our guard for one minute. This rampant disrespect of society's laws must stop - now!


Ruth D~ said...

Stories like this are becoming too common. Parrents have a responsibility, a serious one. Still, kids can be so deceptive . . . I think the burden of punishment should fall on the kids, and the parents should have no way of getting their children off the hook. Sentence given, sentence served.

leslie said...

Yes, the burden of the punishment should fall on the kids, but parents need to be more aware of what their kids are up to - where they are & if there is supervision by phoning the parents of the kids who are having the so-called party. You're right, Ruth, that this is something that has become far too common.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Vancouver is starting to sound like Detroit. I've been seeing an uptick in youngsters (17 - 21 year-olds) coming to prison. Someone needs to be held accountable for their actions.

HeiressChild said...

that's really terrible leslie. i've seriously been thinking of moving away from my area because of how rampant crime has become here. i know crime is everywhere because people are everywhere, but i do believe some places have a lower crime rate than others.

i hope since the youth were released to their parents, the parents will punish them until they leave home. i also hope the judge will give them a good punishment. if it's not done now, it'll make those teens think they can do anything and get away with it.

when we were growing up, we couldn't go to anyone's home unless their parent(s) were going to be there, and my mother called the parent(s) to make sure. i did the same thing for my daughter; i personally talked to the parent(s).

someone got killed here in my neighborhood halloween. don't know all the facts yet, but a notice was sent to all of the tenants stating such. we'll be having a town meeting hopefully within the next week or two.

HeiressChild said...

on another note, let me know how things turned out for you doing the call to worship today. that's an honor indeed. i used to be a worship leader for a few years; loved it while i was doing it.

Josie said...

Leslie, there was a murder in Shaughnessy last night. Shaughnessy!!!.

Vancouver is still rated the number one city in the world, though.

leslie said...

OMIGAWD!!! SHAUGHNESSY??? For those of you who do not know Vancouver, that is one of the most ultra wealthy "good" areas of the city! I'll have to check the news tonight as I hadn't heard.

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